Genesis 33–The Brothers Meet

Well, it was bound to happen, the brothers would meet again. Israel had wrestled with God and was blessed, now he and His family would meet His brother that swore to kill him the last time the two faced each other.  So, Israel took His family and as Esau and His 400 men approached stacked them by their moms in groups.  Esau , however, approached Israel and embraced him–no anger, just love for his brother.  He grudgingly accepted Israel’s gift and offered only to protect and escort His brother to safety. Israel was not expecting that.  Having that major worry behind him, Israel was able to settle in and be home.

He bought land, named places, and began the process of fulfilling the covenant.  It was not nearly as harrowing as Jacob had worried it would be.  As God’s chosen, Jacob enjoyed the protection and blessings of the Father. Even the worst possibilities were handled by God.  Israel’s life was not without trial, there were several more to come.  Israel had to know, though, that God was with Him.

We, as His chosen also need to know that God is with us.  His hand leads us and guides us.  He prepares, provides, and protects us just as He did for Israel.  We are always prepared for the worst but can trust that the Lord is with us in all circumstances.  Often, God will do things to straighten our path if we will simply trust and follow Him.  He is Lord and He wants to bless and guide us to a full and purposeful life.  We must learn to trust Him first and foremost.  If we will, He will continue to make this an Amazing Journey.

God Bless You

Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men; so he divided the children among Leah, Rachel and the two female servants. He put the female servants and their children in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph in the rear. He himself went on ahead and bowed down to the ground seven times as he approached his brother.

But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept. Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children. “Who are these with you?” he asked.

Jacob answered, “They are the children God has graciously given your servant.”

Then the female servants and their children approached and bowed down. Next, Leah and her children came and bowed down. Last of all came Joseph and Rachel, and they too bowed down.

Esau asked, “What’s the meaning of all these flocks and herds I met?”

“To find favor in your eyes, my lord,” he said.

But Esau said, “I already have plenty, my brother. Keep what you have for yourself.”

10 “No, please!” said Jacob. “If I have found favor in your eyes, accept this gift from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably. 11 Please accept the present that was brought to you, for God has been gracious to me and I have all I need.” And because Jacob insisted, Esau accepted it.

12 Then Esau said, “Let us be on our way; I’ll accompany you.”

13 But Jacob said to him, “My lord knows that the children are tender and that I must care for the ewes and cows that are nursing their young. If they are driven hard just one day, all the animals will die. 14 So let my lord go on ahead of his servant, while I move along slowly at the pace of the flocks and herds before me and the pace of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir.”

15 Esau said, “Then let me leave some of my men with you.”

“But why do that?” Jacob asked. “Just let me find favor in the eyes of my lord.”

16 So that day Esau started on his way back to Seir. 17 Jacob, however, went to Sukkoth, where he built a place for himself and made shelters for his livestock. That is why the place is called Sukkoth.[a]

18 After Jacob came from Paddan Aram,[b] he arrived safely at the city of Shechem in Canaan and camped within sight of the city. 19 For a hundred pieces of silver,[c] he bought from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem, the plot of ground where he pitched his tent. 20 There he set up an altar and called it El Elohe Israel.[d]

Genesis 32–Wrestling With Life and Wrestling with God

Things were very dynamic for Jacob.  After a heated interchange with Laban, Jacob came to terms and was able to go home without looking back in fear. Once free from Laban, Jacob met up with angels–a pretty good way to know God was with him. 
Next, Jacob sent a messenger to his brother; letting Esau know he was coming back. Jacob was told Esau was coming back with 400 men…That did not sound hopeful.

As Jacob prepared for what was next by dividing his camps and saying goodbye to His family, he was wrestling with the reality of where his life had come.

As he sat alone, Jacob wrestled with God until daybreak.  Finally God injured Jacob’s hip to end the bout. Jacob only stopped at the promise of an additional blessing.  This was a blessing that God was happy to provide.  God said, you are no longer deceiver, You are now Israel.  God’s blessing was an entirely new Name–Overcomer.  God recognised to Jacob that he had seen the change. He blessed Jacob with the knowledge that his transformation did not go unnoticed.

In our lives, we wrestle with so many things. Careers, family, illness, provision, focus on God.  Sometimes, it is absolutely overwhelming, and we feel like there are no answers.  Then, in the midst of our solitude and loneliness, we realize the wrestling match we are having is one for control of our lives.  Is it us or is it God? When we finally surrender that control, God is able to bless us and work in us to change us.  We become His workmanship.  When that happens, he is able to face our trials with us and assist us in overcoming them.

We simply need to trust and follow God.  Then we can take notice of all the ways the Lord meets us where we are, and leads us through the Amazing Journey.

God Bless You

22 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two female servants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions. 24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”

But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”

27 The man asked him, “What is your name?”

“Jacob,” he answered.

28 Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel,[f] because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”

29 Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.”

But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there.

30 So Jacob called the place Peniel,[g] saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”

31 The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel,[h] and he was limping because of his hip. 32 Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the tendon attached to the socket of the hip, because the socket of Jacob’s hip was touched near the tendon.

Genesis 31 Part 2–The New Journey Begins

The departure of Jacob and his family was sudden.  It was the right thing at the right time, but as the Bible records, not that simple.  Rachel stole idols from her dad.  That could have been a terrible end to the story.  God was kind, however, and spared the family that awful scene.  In short, Jacob and the family made their escape and Laban would no longer be able to control and exploit Jacob.  

God spoke to Laban.  He told Laban not to say anything to Jacob good or bad.  the most interesting note was that Laban said the God of YOUR father.  Clearly Laban did not share the relationship with God.  the idols that Rachel stole meant something to Laban’s family.  Fortunately, Jacob worshipped Adonai.  God was kind and spared Jacob and his family.  He prepared them, provided for them, and now protected them in the face of a tough situation.

He will do the same for us.  If we will trust and follow the Lord, He will prepare, provide, and protect us as well. It will be a journey with twists, turns, and trials.  We know, however, God is faithful to hear our prayers, meet our needs, and complete His work in our lives.  Thanks, Lord, for being large and in charge

God Bless You

17 Then Jacob put his children and his wives on camels, 18 and he drove all his livestock ahead of him, along with all the goods he had accumulated in Paddan Aram,[a] to go to his father Isaac in the land of Canaan.

19 When Laban had gone to shear his sheep, Rachel stole her father’s household gods. 20 Moreover, Jacob deceived Laban the Aramean by not telling him he was running away. 21 So he fled with all he had, crossed the Euphrates River, and headed for the hill country of Gilead.

Laban Pursues Jacob

22 On the third day Laban was told that Jacob had fled. 23 Taking his relatives with him, he pursued Jacob for seven days and caught up with him in the hill country of Gilead. 24 Then God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream at night and said to him, “Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.”

25 Jacob had pitched his tent in the hill country of Gilead when Laban overtook him, and Laban and his relatives camped there too. 26 Then Laban said to Jacob, “What have you done? You’ve deceived me, and you’ve carried off my daughters like captives in war. 27 Why did you run off secretly and deceive me? Why didn’t you tell me, so I could send you away with joy and singing to the music of timbrels and harps? 28 You didn’t even let me kiss my grandchildren and my daughters goodbye. You have done a foolish thing. 29 I have the power to harm you; but last night the God of your father said to me, ‘Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.’ 30 Now you have gone off because you longed to return to your father’s household. But why did you steal my gods?”

31 Jacob answered Laban, “I was afraid, because I thought you would take your daughters away from me by force. 32 But if you find anyone who has your gods, that person shall not live. In the presence of our relatives, see for yourself whether there is anything of yours here with me; and if so, take it.” Now Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen the gods.

33 So Laban went into Jacob’s tent and into Leah’s tent and into the tent of the two female servants, but he found nothing. After he came out of Leah’s tent, he entered Rachel’s tent. 34 Now Rachel had taken the household gods and put them inside her camel’s saddle and was sitting on them. Laban searched through everything in the tent but found nothing.

35 Rachel said to her father, “Don’t be angry, my lord, that I cannot stand up in your presence; I’m having my period.” So he searched but could not find the household gods.

Genesis 31 Part 1–A Transformed Life

It is funny, really.  Jacob simply trusted God, and no matter how Laban tried to cheat Jacob, God never allowed it.  What is more, the more Laban tried to cheat Jacob the worse it became for Laban.  So, it was time to leave.  God told Jacob it was time to go.  Leah and Rachel agreed that it was time to go, and so, Jacob and his family prepared to return to Canaan, the place that would be the home of their chosen lineage.

It is a great testimony of a changed heart.  Here Jacob the manipulator, deceiver and cheat was now content to let God call the shots.  God, in turn was glad to bless and protect Jacob and his family.  Now, God was sending Jacob home to continue the mission started by Abraham.  Interestingly, Jacob is now ready to trust and follow God during diverse circumstances, and with what is to come, that will become a critical thing.  Jacob was God’s guy.  He was a mess, but God molded him to lead the family back to Canaan and become God’s chosen people.

God is as involved in our lives as He was in Jacob’s.  He sent His spirit to guide and work in our lives.  Paul promises in Philippians 1:6–that He who has begun a good work in you will carry it to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  Our lives are an ongoing process of sanctification that builds us into the children God has called us to be.  God is patient, tenacious, and committed to us.  We need to trust Him and allow Him to do all that He sees fit to do.  If we will, the Lord will bless us.

God Bless You

Jacob heard that Laban’s sons were saying, “Jacob has taken everything our father owned and has gained all this wealth from what belonged to our father.” And Jacob noticed that Laban’s attitude toward him was not what it had been.

Then the Lord said to Jacob, “Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.”

So Jacob sent word to Rachel and Leah to come out to the fields where his flocks were. He said to them, “I see that your father’s attitude toward me is not what it was before, but the God of my father has been with me. You know that I’ve worked for your father with all my strength, yet your father has cheated me by changing my wages ten times. However, God has not allowed him to harm me. If he said, ‘The speckled ones will be your wages,’ then all the flocks gave birth to speckled young; and if he said, ‘The streaked ones will be your wages,’ then all the flocks bore streaked young. So God has taken away your father’s livestock and has given them to me.

10 “In breeding season I once had a dream in which I looked up and saw that the male goats mating with the flock were streaked, speckled or spotted. 11 The angel of God said to me in the dream, ‘Jacob.’ I answered, ‘Here I am.’ 12 And he said, ‘Look up and see that all the male goats mating with the flock are streaked, speckled or spotted, for I have seen all that Laban has been doing to you. 13 I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar and where you made a vow to me. Now leave this land at once and go back to your native land.’”

14 Then Rachel and Leah replied, “Do we still have any share in the inheritance of our father’s estate? 15 Does he not regard us as foreigners? Not only has he sold us, but he has used up what was paid for us. 16 Surely all the wealth that God took away from our father belongs to us and our children. So do whatever God has told you.”

Genesis 30 Part 2–Striking Out on His Own

It was time to start his future.  Jacob now had a son by his wife Rachel.  His life was his own, and he needed to separate from his uncle.  Laban knew that was not a good deal for him.  He knew Jacob’s life had blessed him and HIs family. Conversely, Jacob’s leaving would strip Laban of that blessing.  Further, Jacob was doing the work, if he left, Laban would have to work a great deal harder.  

Jacob was blessed and gifted.  He built flocks of sheep and goats based upon Laban’s specifications.  Jacob knew the flocks and was able to manipulate the flocks and build the biggest and strongest group imaginable.  He did nothing wrong; he just maximized his skills and God’s blessing.  It would clearly drive Laban nuts.  Jacob trusted God, but, as in days of old he did not mind helping God out.

The journey is odd.  We are placed in situations where we make choices that affect our lives and the lives of those we love.  If we can trust God and allow him to lead, God will carry us through and bless our journey.  We must be patient and we cannot expect a trial free life.  We can expect the Lord to be with us and protect, prepare, and provide for our needs.  We do have to use the gifts and skills God gives us to be the best and the most that we can.  If we will, the Father will give us an abundant Christian life.

God Bless You

After Rachel gave birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Send me on my way so I can go back to my own homeland. 26 Give me my wives and children, for whom I have served you, and I will be on my way. You know how much work I’ve done for you.”

27 But Laban said to him, “If I have found favor in your eyes, please stay. I have learned by divination that the Lord has blessed me because of you.” 28 He added, “Name your wages, and I will pay them.”

29 Jacob said to him, “You know how I have worked for you and how your livestock has fared under my care. 30 The little you had before I came has increased greatly, and the Lord has blessed you wherever I have been. But now, when may I do something for my own household?”

31 “What shall I give you?” he asked.

“Don’t give me anything,” Jacob replied. “But if you will do this one thing for me, I will go on tending your flocks and watching over them: 32 Let me go through all your flocks today and remove from them every speckled or spotted sheep, every dark-colored lamb and every spotted or speckled goat. They will be my wages. 33 And my honesty will testify for me in the future, whenever you check on the wages you have paid me. Any goat in my possession that is not speckled or spotted, or any lamb that is not dark-colored, will be considered stolen.”

34 “Agreed,” said Laban. “Let it be as you have said.” 35 That same day he removed all the male goats that were streaked or spotted, and all the speckled or spotted female goats (all that had white on them) and all the dark-colored lambs, and he placed them in the care of his sons. 36 Then he put a three-day journey between himself and Jacob, while Jacob continued to tend the rest of Laban’s flocks.

37 Jacob, however, took fresh-cut branches from poplar, almond and plane trees and made white stripes on them by peeling the bark and exposing the white inner wood of the branches. 38 Then he placed the peeled branches in all the watering troughs, so that they would be directly in front of the flocks when they came to drink. When the flocks were in heat and came to drink, 39 they mated in front of the branches. And they bore young that were streaked or speckled or spotted. 40 Jacob set apart the young of the flock by themselves, but made the rest face the streaked and dark-colored animals that belonged to Laban. Thus he made separate flocks for himself and did not put them with Laban’s animals. 41 Whenever the stronger females were in heat, Jacob would place the branches in the troughs in front of the animals so they would mate near the branches, 42 but if the animals were weak, he would not place them there. So the weak animals went to Laban and the strong ones to Jacob. 43 In this way the man grew exceedingly prosperous and came to own large flocks, and female and male servants, and camels and donkeys.

Genesis 30 Part 1–Filling a Void

The Family of Jacob was built more on the desire to be loved, than on anything else.  The war between Leah and Rachel to establish their place as Jacob’s beloved wife caused them to do any and everything to win favor. At day’s end 11 children, 2 additional wives and still Leah and Rachel were battling to win Jacob.  It seems a shame, really.  Jacob, I am sure, never intended to be mean to Leah.  She bore him six sons and a daughter.  Still, the heavenly Father continued to bless her with a group of sons to love and protect her.

Leah and Rachel needed to know the only one that they needed to find favor with was God.  He did love them and provided for them time after time.  But their distraction with Jacob never allowed them to rest in the peace and love of the Father. Amazingly, that has been the story of so many.  God calls us to simply trust and follow Him.  There is simply nothing else that will fill the void in our lives.

  There is no number of things, people, or power that can give the peace and purpose that comes from following the Lord.  Jesus said it himself, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to You!” Matt 6:33
Like Leah and Rachel, we can become so absorbed with our own stuff that we miss all that God has for us.  If we do, then we will miss the amazing things within God’s plan.

God Bless You

When Rachel saw that she was not bearing Jacob any children, she became jealous of her sister. So she said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I’ll die!”

Jacob became angry with her and said, “Am I in the place of God, who has kept you from having children?”

Then she said, “Here is Bilhah, my servant. Sleep with her so that she can bear children for me and I too can build a family through her.”

So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife. Jacob slept with her, and she became pregnant and bore him a son. Then Rachel said, “God has vindicated me; he has listened to my plea and given me a son.” Because of this she named him Dan.[a]

Rachel’s servant Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son. Then Rachel said, “I have had a great struggle with my sister, and I have won.” So, she named him Naphtali.[b]

When Leah saw that she had stopped having children, she took her servant Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife. 10 Leah’s servant Zilpah bore Jacob a son. 11 Then Leah said, “What good fortune!”[c] So she named him Gad.[d]

12 Leah’s servant Zilpah bore Jacob a second son. 13 Then Leah said, “How happy I am! The women will call me happy.” So she named him Asher.[e]

14 During wheat harvest, Reuben went out into the fields and found some mandrake plants, which he brought to his mother Leah. Rachel said to Leah, “Please give me some of your son’s mandrakes.”

15 But she said to her, “Wasn’t it enough that you took away my husband? Will you take my son’s mandrakes too?”

“Very well,” Rachel said, “he can sleep with you tonight in return for your son’s mandrakes.”

16 So when Jacob came in from the fields that evening, Leah went out to meet him. “You must sleep with me,” she said. “I have hired you with my son’s mandrakes.” So, he slept with her that night.

17 God listened to Leah, and she became pregnant and bore Jacob a fifth son. 18 Then Leah said, “God has rewarded me for giving my servant to my husband.” So, she named him Issachar.[f]

19 Leah conceived again and bore Jacob a sixth son. 20 Then Leah said, “God has presented me with a precious gift. This time my husband will treat me with honor because I have borne him six sons.” So she named him Zebulun.[g]

21 Sometime later she gave birth to a daughter and named her Dinah.

22 Then God remembered Rachel; he listened to her and enabled her to conceive. 23 She became pregnant and gave birth to a son and said, “God has taken away my disgrace.” 24 She named him Joseph,[h] and said, “May the Lord add to me another son.”

Genesis 29 Part 3–Jacob Learning to Trust God’s Plan

This part of the story of Jacob’s adventure is not a shining moment.  It is clear to all that Leah is trapped as a wife of Jacob.  He is not loving her or making her feel wanted.  She is alone and devastated.  Then God shows up. Four kids later, and we have the Levitical priesthood and the lineage of Messiah. 

It seems significant that it is through Leah that the history of the chosen people takes shape.  While it is true that Joseph is the Saviour of the people in Egypt, ultimately, we know that Moses, Aaron, David, and Jesus were here because of Leah.

We always think we have the journey figured out.  We think we can help God and that we know what is best. Truth is we do not. God could have set Jacob down and said, “Son, this wife Leah will provide you with the greatest gifts you may ever imagine, and Jacob would still favor Rachel.  God knew it, and He operated His plan in His way without question or Jacob’s approval. 

He is the Master of the universe.  When we can finally submit to His lordship, and not question His timing or method, then we can stand firm and see God do great things. God’s power, command of time and space, and unlimited wisdom and knowledge make Him the one to lead, guide and direct.  If we will acknowledge that, then we will see Him do mighty works ad benefit from the Lord’s plan. Otherwise, we will simply flounder and struggle trying to help the only one that has it all together! Ridiculous, when you think about it.

God Bless You

31 When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved, he enabled her to conceive, but Rachel remained childless. 32 Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben,[b] for she said, “It is because the Lord has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now.”

33 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “Because the Lord heard that I am not loved, he gave me this one too.” So she named him Simeon.[c]

34 Again she conceived, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “Now at last my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” So he was named Levi.[d]

35 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “This time I will praise the Lord.” So she named him Judah.[e] Then she stopped having children.

Genesis 29 Part 2–Plans Change

Jacob found himself in a new place and getting a new start.  His uncle brought Jacob into his home, gave Jacob a job, and now negotiated a plan so that Jacob could marry his dream girl, Rachel…or so Jacob thought.  Laban had a different plan. 

He had two daughters to marry off and only one potential son-in-law.  So, Laban promised Jacob his daughter Rachel, but on the wedding night, Laban delivered Leah.  One wonders how outraged Jacob must have felt.  It would have been so wrong.  Then in the back of his mind Jacob remembered the birthright, the blessing, and being away from home for 7 years.

Jacob protested and spewed–I am sure, but in the end, He had his Rachel and Leah, who would be the mother of Judah–lineage of the Savior.  It became clear that Jacob had met his match, but as time would pass, Jacob would grow to depend upon God, not his wits to solve his problems and that would be in no small part due to Jacob’s dear father- in-law.  

It is critical to remember that God has a plan. Through time as we follow the Lord, that plan is executed in God’s way and in God’s timing.  So many outcomes in our lives have God’s hand all over them.  They make no sense to us until we can see the bigger picture, and realize it is not about us, but about our Lord. 

When we can finally embrace the truth and trust God’s methods and timing, then ours eyes open to see almighty God doing incredible works to advance His kingdom in our lives and the lives of those that diligently seek Him.  When things seem to go sideways, which they always do, and we feel out of control and hopeless, in those moments we need to stop, trust the Lord, and pray.  It is also at those moments that we need to believe the Lord has a plan and wants to make it real in our lives.

God Bless You

After Jacob had stayed with him for a whole month, 15 Laban said to him, “Just because you are a relative of mine, should you work for me for nothing? Tell me what your wages should be.”

16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 Leah had weak[a] eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful. 18 Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, “I’ll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel.”

19 Laban said, “It’s better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me.” 20 So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.

21 Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife. My time is completed, and I want to make love to her.”

22 So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast. 23 But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and Jacob made love to her. 24 And Laban gave his servant Zilpah to his daughter as her attendant.

25 When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn’t I? Why have you deceived me?”

26 Laban replied, “It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one. 27 Finish this daughter’s bridal week; then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work.”

28 And Jacob did so. He finished the week with Leah, and then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife. 29 Laban gave his servant Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her attendant. 30 Jacob made love to Rachel also, and his love for Rachel was greater than his love for Leah. And he worked for Laban another seven years.

Genesis 29 Part 1–Jacob in Covenant With God

Jacob was now in covenant with God.  He was walking where God was leading–trusting God to lead, guide and protect him.  On this day, Jacob was not to be disappointed.  Jacob came to a well.  He stopped. Lo and behold the well is the well of Haran.  No sooner had Jacob arrived and got settled–then up walks his cousin and future wife–to water the family’s sheep.  Of all the days, the times, and the wells–Baam! God delivers!

It remains the same today.  Like Jacob we are in covenant with God.  As we journey toward heaven, We follow God’s lead and acknowledge His leadership.  As we do, the Lord leads, guides, and directs us toward the final prize–Heaven. 

In the meanwhile, we look to God, trust Him and follow Him.  As God Leads, many days we do not feel like He is executing the plan correctly, but then–Bam! He is showing up at the right place at just the right time.  He meets our needs, provides, and protects us from the enemy. Finally, God prepares us to face the battles in our lives. There is a process a journey and many twists and turns.  We face trials and temptations and some can be life altering.  Still, no matter what happens, we can trust that the Lord will take the reigns.

While it is often difficult to see–God is never never surprised.  God loves us and wants to lead us into a great life and eternity with Him. We simply have to trust and continue to walk with Him.

God Bless You

Then Jacob continued on his journey and came to the land of the eastern peoples. There he saw a well in the open country, with three flocks of sheep lying near it because the flocks were watered from that well. The stone over the mouth of the well was large. When all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone away from the well’s mouth and water the sheep. Then they would return the stone to its place over the mouth of the well.

Jacob asked the shepherds, “My brothers, where are you from?”

“We’re from Harran,” they replied.

He said to them, “Do you know Laban, Nahor’s grandson?”

“Yes, we know him,” they answered.

Then Jacob asked them, “Is he well?”

“Yes, he is,” they said, “and here comes his daughter Rachel with the sheep.”

“Look,” he said, “the sun is still high; it is not time for the flocks to be gathered. Water the sheep and take them back to pasture.”

“We can’t,” they replied, “until all the flocks are gathered, and the stone has been rolled away from the mouth of the well. Then we will water the sheep.”

While he was still talking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherd. 10 When Jacob saw Rachel daughter of his uncle Laban, and Laban’s sheep, he went over and rolled the stone away from the mouth of the well and watered his uncle’s sheep. 11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel and began to weep aloud. 12 He had told Rachel that he was a relative of her father and a son of Rebekah. So, she ran and told her father.

13 As soon as Laban heard the news about Jacob, his sister’s son, he hurried to meet him. He embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his home, and there Jacob told him all these things. 14 Then Laban said to him, “You are my own flesh and blood.”

Genesis 28 Part 2–Jacob’s Adventure Begins

What a great way to start an adventure.  Jacob had no idea about what was about to be his life.  He left home with his parents’ blessing, his brothers rage and bitterness, and started to his parents’ homeland with absolutely no idea what would become of his life.  He had of course heard the telling of the covenant and that His dad was to be a father of a great nation.  Still at this point in his life, Jacob was a young man, single and leaving the land he was promised.

Then as he fell asleep God revealed and reminded Jacob the import of His life.  God stood at heaven’s gate and reminded Jacob that he was to father a great people.  They would be as prolific as the dust.  They would impact the entire world and they would be blessed and protected by God.  It was not a bad way to start a journey.  By the end, Jacob would experience great victories, great sadness, and a life that would change the world. 

Still, at this point, Jacob would be on his way.  Walking with the promise that God clearly had his back.  Jacob’s dream revealed the spiritual ongoing day to day.  Jacob saw the angels coming and going and hopefully saw God is involved in our daily lives.  It is also a promise to us.  We need to know we are protected by a Father that loves us and wants nothing more than to see us follow and be blessed.  We cannot forget that Salvation is an event and a process.  Our daily transformation comes with great care and intention.  If we will but follow, then like Jacob we can rest assured that God will complete His plan for our lives.

God Bless You

10 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. 11 When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. 12 He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 There above it[c] stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. 14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.[d] 15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” 17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”

18 Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. 19 He called that place Bethel,[e] though the city used to be called Luz.

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