Reading Genesis 30 – 31 Today –
In these chapters we see that Jacob has met someone who could “Better” him. At least in deception or some would probably like to call it “Business practices”.
In the previous chapters Jacob has made a deal with Laban for his daughter Rachel as a wife; only to find out Laban has given him Leah the older daughter, because he says, “We don’t do things that way, giving the younger before the elder”. Jacob was to work seven years for Rachel, and it seems Rachel was in mutual agreement with this. It seemed that they loved one another, and Jacob was not trying to trick Laban out of anything.
To Jacob’s surprise he awakes following the ceremonies only to find that the woman he has spent the night with was Leah. He makes a deal with Laban to receive Rachel too, and promises to work seven more years to get her. He loves Rachel.
There are three verses in chapter 31 we must see, and it is concerning Jacob’s deal with Laban to begin building a herd of cattle.
“And your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me. If he said thus, The speckled shall be thy wages; then all the cattle bare speckled: and if he said thus, The ringstraked shall be thy hire; then bare all the cattle ringstraked. Thus God hath taken away the cattle of your father, and given them to me.” Genesis 31:7-9 (KJV)
The sons of Laban have come to Jacob accusing him of stealing from Laban, due to the fact of Jacob’s large herd. He had made the deal with Laban for all the speckled, grisled, and ringstraked which are born. Jacob uses a selective breeding technique, and many breeding programs are used in our day to get a special breed of cattle, horse, dog, cat, etc.
What I want us to see is that Jacob in the end gives the credit for his blessing unto the LORD. It is after all God who gives the increase.
Paul the apostle has said,
We are to labor with our hands, and surrender our lives and the results to God. It is He who blesses us with increase in business, life, health; and it is He who blesses us in the taking away as well.
Let’s spend today thanking the Lord God for the many blessings which He has given us; and they are many.
READING FOR JANUARY 12, 2010 is Genesis 32 -33
May God continue to bless you and give you peace.