June 18 – Genesis 30:27-43
June 18 – Genesis 30:27-43
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Heavenly Father, we see these two men who spend more time cheating each other than worshiping You. Teach us that if we would just keep our focus on You, You will provide everything we need and more. Why do we think we have to manipulate the situation to come out ahead? The enemy has corrupted so many people and taught deception because that is what is in His heart. It is amazing how the evil that is in hearts spreads so quickly, but the love that comes from You, isn’t as popular. If only people could see the truth of who You are. Your Word promises that the truth will be made known and every knee will bow to worship You. I can’t wait for that day. To see everyone acknowledge You as Lord, God, Creator, Sustainer. What a day it will be. Until that day, Father, help me to share as You direct and to live my life in obedience to You.
In Jesus name.
Once again Laban cheats Jacob. He removes the livestock that was to be counted as Jacob’s wages.
Jacob sets about to manipulate the breeding of the remaining animals. He uses sticks and barks placed in the drinking water of the animals. Again, just as Rachel used the mandrakes to increase her fertility, this action appears to be useless.
God alone blessed Jacob with large flocks, camels, donkeys, servants plus many children. When we don’t trust God, we sometimes try to control things ourselves.
As you dig deeper into your relationship with God, trust him with all of your heart.
He is the way, the truth and the life.
27 But Laban said to him, "If I have found favor in your sight, I have learned by divination that the Lord has blessed me because of you.28 Name your wages, and I will give it."29 Jacob said to him, "You yourself know how I have served you, and how your livestock has fared with me.30 For you had little before I came, and it has increased abundantly, and the Lord has blessed you wherever I turned. But now when shall I provide for my own household also?"31 He said, "What shall I give you?" Jacob said, "You shall not give me anything. If you will do this for me, I will again pasture your flock and keep it:32 let me pass through all your flock today, removing from it every speckled and spotted sheep and every black lamb, and the spotted and speckled among the goats, and they shall be my wages.33 So my honesty will answer for me later, when you come to look into my wages with you. Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats and black among the lambs, if found with me, shall be counted stolen."34 Laban said, "Good! Let it be as you have said."35 But that day Laban removed the male goats that were striped and spotted, and all the female goats that were speckled and spotted, every one that had white on it, and every lamb that was black, and put them in the charge of his sons.36 And he set a distance of three days' journey between himself and Jacob, and Jacob pastured the rest of Laban's flock.37 Then Jacob took fresh sticks of poplar and almond and plane trees, and peeled white streaks in them, exposing the white of the sticks.38 He set the sticks that he had peeled in front of the flocks in the troughs, that is, the watering places, where the flocks came to drink. And since they bred when they came to drink,39 the flocks bred in front of the sticks and so the flocks brought forth striped, speckled, and spotted.40 And Jacob separated the lambs and set the faces of the flocks toward the striped and all the black in the flock of Laban. He put his own droves apart and did not put them with Laban's flock.41 Whenever the stronger of the flock were breeding, Jacob would lay the sticks in the troughs before the eyes of the flock, that they might breed among the sticks,42 but for the feebler of the flock he would not lay them there. So the feebler would be Laban's, and the stronger Jacob's.43 Thus the man increased greatly and had large flocks, female servants and male servants, and camels and donkeys.