June 19 – Genesis 31:1-21
June 19 – Genesis 31:1-21
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Dear Heavenly Father, I am amazed at how You watched over Jacob and I know I shouldn’t be. You are such a loving God and many times we only remember the times in the Old Testament when You had to bring discipline to Your people. But just like us as parents, You discipline to make us better, to help us grow. I see here in this story how You watched over him and forgave him for the sins of his past, and it makes me grateful, because I know You forgive the sins of my past. As a matter of fact, Your word says in Psalm 103 verses 10-12:
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
Your love is so amazing. All You ask for in return is obedience. Thank You Father for loving me so much, watching over me constantly, disciplining me to help me grow in You, and protecting me from the enemy.
In Jesus name.
Jacob makes his exit. What was different this time?
How did God speak to Jacob?
How did Rachel and Leah react?
Why do you think they recognized the dishonesty of their father?
Has God ever allowed you to become discontent with your circumstances in order to move you somewhere else?
Now Jacob heard that the sons of Laban were saying, "Jacob has taken all that was our father's, and from what was our father's he has gained all this wealth."2 And Jacob saw that Laban did not regard him with favor as before.3 Then the Lord said to Jacob, "Return to the land of your fathers and to your kindred, and I will be with you."4 So Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah into the field where his flock was5 and said to them, "I see that your father does not regard me with favor as he did before. But the God of my father has been with me.6 You know that I have served your father with all my strength,7 yet your father has cheated me and changed my wages ten times. But God did not permit him to harm me.8 If he said, 'The spotted shall be your wages,' then all the flock bore spotted; and if he said, 'The striped shall be your wages,' then all the flock bore striped.9 Thus God has taken away the livestock of your father and given them to me.10 In the breeding season of the flock I lifted up my eyes and saw in a dream that the goats that mated with the flock were striped, spotted, and mottled.11 Then the angel of God said to me in the dream, 'Jacob,' and I said, 'Here I am!'12 And he said, 'Lift up your eyes and see, all the goats that mate with the flock are striped, spotted, and mottled, for I have seen all that Laban is doing to you.13 I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar and made a vow to me. Now arise, go out from this land and return to the land of your kindred.'"14 Then Rachel and Leah answered and said to him, "Is there any portion or inheritance left to us in our father's house?15 Are we not regarded by him as foreigners? For he has sold us, and he has indeed devoured our money.16 All the wealth that God has taken away from our father belongs to us and to our children. Now then, whatever God has said to you, do."17 So Jacob arose and set his sons and his wives on camels.18 He drove away all his livestock, all his property that he had gained, the livestock in his possession that he had acquired in Paddan-aram, to go to the land of Canaan to his father Isaac.19 Laban had gone to shear his sheep, and Rachel stole her father's household gods.20 And Jacob tricked Laban the Aramean, by not telling him that he intended to flee.21 He fled with all that he had and arose and crossed the Euphrates, and set his face toward the hill country of Gilead.