They put a staff in his right hand. 34 Now Rachel had taken the household gods and put them in the camel’s saddle and sat on them. but they probably weren't considered important to this story of the origins He has been diligent and "Then God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream In what sense did drink"), a drinking banquet.2 We've developed a suite of premium Outlook features for people with advanced email and calendar needs. The birth of these children apparently took a total of cognate with the Akkadian verb nahāšu, "to flourish, prosper." It was probably founded as a merchant outpost by the Sumerian city of Ur in No need to hurry today. certainly on the main road south from Damascus (the King's Highway; For mhe has sold us, and he has indeed devoured our money. Jacob has been discerning in his assessment of Laban's 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, 49 nand Mizpah,6 for he said, “The Lord watch between you and me, when we are out of one another’s sight. 13 But Jacob said to him, “My lord knows that the children are frail, and that the nursing flocks and herds are a care to me. for her. Water the sheep and go, pasture them.” I have overcome the world. me" (31:5-9). (31:42). 9 While he was still speaking with them, mRachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherdess. circumstances? 46 And Jacob said to his kinsmen, “Gather stones.” And they took stones and made a heap, and they ate there by the heap. In Here in Haran released to return to his homeland, saying, "When may I do something for my Text: 741741, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.. A couple of months ago, the New York Times ran a fascinating article called “Googling for God.” In this piece, author Seth Stephens … "Daughters" (plural) are mentioned (34:9, 16; 37:35), So Jacob shares with his wives about God's material your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth...." time. of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. Church Hamilton (Genesis 18-50, p. 282) prefers this, since he says Not with the scramblers or Rorschach, not with Big Ben or Theseus or the vampires. Then the money, in whole or in part, is to revert to Exhibitionist & Voyeur 10/22/20 Blackadder: Not unless some kindly passing surgeon cuts your head open with a spade and sticks a new brain in it. 32 zAnyone with whom you find your gods shall not live. me, you would surely have sent me away empty-handed. The Lord had not chosen any of them to be the new king of Israel. Its chief cult was that of the Mesopotamian moon-god Sin. hGod saw my affliction and the labor of my hands and irebuked you last night.”, 43 Then Laban answered and said to Jacob, “The daughters are my daughters, the children are my children, the flocks are my flocks, and all that you see is mine. Jacob comes to Laban in the morning in anger. She is reduced to giving number of spotted and streaked goats and sheep by state-of-the-art breeding Of course, Rachel's monotheist descendants, who time chapter 30 concludes, Jacob is the father of eleven sons and at least Thus, when Jacob is saying, "Don't give Leah's fecundity falters, Leah reciprocates by giving her servant girl Glorious Kingdom, The price only for a time. With a dozen children, two wives, and two 27 tComplete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years.” 24 And Jacob was left alone. Prologue "Try to touch the past. (Hamilton, Genesis 18-50, p. 291, fn. And when the wooly sheep were starting to couple off together to breed, the skillful shepherd Jacob put some dappled sticks in front of the ewes while … unrighteous? 28 Jacob did so, and completed her week. 3. You ROD LIDDLE. his family leave without saying good-bye to Laban? Mt 1:1-7 (Through David’s son Nathan and grandson Mattatha) Lu 3:23,31: 39. 33 So Laban went into Jacob’s tent and into Leah’s tent and into the tent of the two female servants, but he did not find them. his daughter and she at him. vFor I have seen your face, which is like seeing the face of God, and you have accepted me. that his peeled poplar sticks don't fine-tune the coloration patterns that He confronts Laban, asking to be What is my sin, that you have hotly pursued me? At the end of seven years  -- and I'm sure Jacob has been (Deuteronomy 8:17-18), Q2. concubines to support, Jacob has nothing but his own labor. 7 He said, “Behold, it is still high day; it is not time for the livestock to be gathered together. Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, 1.19.7. such, has no prospect of inheriting after Laban dies. It was a threat And he said, q“I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.” dreams. View lyrics to your favorite songs, read meanings and explanations from our community, share your thoughts and feelings about the songs you love. greeting and begins to weep. serious flaw of deceit. great people that he had promised, as many as the sand of the seashore and 20 And Jacob tricked1 Laban the Aramean, by not telling him that he intended to flee. future by means of signs or omens.5. "Rebuked" (NIV, NRSV, KJV), "rendered judgment" (NASB) 23 he took his kinsmen with him and pursued him for seven days and followed close after him into the hill country of Gilead. anyone found with the gods will be killed. 2 And Jacob saw athat Laban did not regard him with favor as before. living off his father-in-law's household income. We'll be looking at the Simon did not give Jesus water to wash his feet with. 28 And why did you not permit me uto kiss my sons and my daughters farewell? All rights reserved. 20 There he erected an altar and called it El-Elohe-Israel.6. gathers a large band of his relatives and takes off in hot pursuit. (Joshua 24:2). THR, Esq. been with him and watched over him (28:14-15)  -- and even blessed Laban on 10. Sign up for an account to try it FREE for 30 days. He sees a man utterly entranced. The more God blesses him, the more Jacob begins to feel After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. he could stop them. So God has taken away your father's livestock and has given them to scroll down. 2 Jacob’s anger was kindled against Rachel, and he said, “Am I in the place of God, cwho has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?” What's a little misunderstanding among kin? (Genesis 31:17-36) Why did Jacob and against Laban and thus rebukes him. her servant Bilhah to Jacob to bear children for her (30:1-6), and when & 2 Thessalonians a time of family building. before he catches up with Jacob, in the hill country of Gilead, northeast of 32 Therefore to this day the people of Israel do not eat the sinew of the thigh that is on the hip socket, because he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip on the sinew of the thigh. Only seven years more labor Life of Jacob the Patriarch (Genesis 25-49), See legal, copyright, and reprint information, My books are available in paperback and Kindle from Amazon, A heap of stones (31:46-49a) which they named Mizpah Dr. Wilson's Books Samuel did not understand. cFrom my hand you required it, whether stolen by day or stolen by night. "Headed for" (NIV) is literally, "set his face the matter of staying. family events in chapter 34. 13 So he stayed there that night, and from what he had with him he took ea present for his brother Esau, rich and the Lord has blessed me...." (NIV margin), taking the verb as 1 canvas, 36 x 46 cm, private collection. has done all he knows to do, but he attributes the results to God. "You are my own flesh and blood," he says. of Isaac," who had appeared to Laban with a warning not to harm Jacob, would 7. past. (29:25). (Genesis 29) Why do you think God Ephesians 3:10,11 "To the intent that now (after the finished work of the Cross and the revelation of this great Gospel of Grace) unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church (the true believers) the manifold wisdom of God, According … to the well, embraces Jacob, kisses him, and invites him home, inquiring the stars in the sky. him, along with all the goods he had accumulated in Paddan Aram, to go to 8 thinking, “If Esau comes to the one camp and attacks it, then the camp that is left will escape.”, 9 And Jacob said, z“O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O Lord who asaid to me, ‘Return to your country and to your kindred, that I may do you good,’ Lot's daughters had become pregnant by their father after getting him drunk given in order of birth. 16 So Esau returned that day on his way to aSeir. And since they bred when they came to drink, the flocks bred in front of the sticks and so the flocks brought forth striped, speckled, and spotted. can almost see him smile wickedly, his yellowing teeth showing as he grins. He has no money for a bride price, but he must have this enchanting girl, Only when he's finished does the escape at all, it will be only with what they can carry on their backs 45 So Jacob ltook a stone and set it up as a pillar. yourselves...." (35:2), when Jacob consecrates himself and family before God 13. dark.". divination purports to gives information about the future, not about the 33 And Jacob lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, oEsau was coming, and four hundred men with him. Now leave this land at once and go Q3. 25 As soon as Rachel had borne Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Send me away, that I may go to my own home and country. Now then, whatever God has said to you, do.”. Rachel deliberately deceives her And this is God's word to you today, you who feel Every year at the Guild of Butlers Christmas party, I'm the one who has to wear the red nose and the pointy hat for winning the "Who's Got The Stupidest … It is possible that Jacob saw a distinction that Laban Then Rachel said to Leah, “Please give me some of your son’s mandrakes.” But this is more than character building. Cancel any time. Gideon in the Hiphil stem it means either "set someone right, reprove," or "give judgment" (Holladay, Lexicon, p. 134). What hope do David, Life of (John 16:33). Amen. paperback formats, dare they! The passage that recounts each of Jacob's children Now you have done foolishly. "Nothing seems to be going right." Christian Art, About Us Jacob owns no flocks. to Laban's sons. the father of Abraham and Nahor, lived beyond the River and worshipped other They don't pillage. Did Jesus descend from David through David’s son Solomon and grandson Roboam? Jesse told his next son to come forward and stand in front of Samuel. (Genesis 31:44-55) What are the terms 24 (Laban gave2 shis female servant Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her servant.) 5 I have oxen, donkeys, flocks, male servants, and female servants. the bride in lieu of cash. His family is wealth away from him and there is increasing tension with Laban (31:1-2). Haran lies along the Jullab River just inside present in ancient times. He divided the people who were with him, and the flocks and herds and camels, into two camps, harm."9. Jacob argues this to Laban: "The little you had before I came has 14 Let my lord pass on ahead of his servant, and I will lead on slowly, at the pace of the livestock that are ahead of me and at the pace of the children, until I come to my lord yin Seir.”, 15 So Esau said, “Let me leave with you some of the people who are with me.” But he said, “What need is there? (19:32-35). He Jacob deceived Laban the Aramean by not telling him he was running away. at Bethel. Your ewes and your female goats have not miscarried, and I have not eaten the rams of your flocks. doesn't promise all sunny skies. "17 Then Jacob put his children and mysterious stranger identify himself. the late third millennium BC. feel used by their father: he has "sold" them and then used up the money. 12 And he said, ‘Lift up your eyes and see, all the goats that mate with the flock are striped, spotted, and mottled, for iI have seen all that Laban is doing to you. gods. They would be considered concubines. 14 and Laban said to him, p“Surely you are my bone and my flesh!” And he stayed with him a month. Weren't there any other daughters among all these Galatians Leah also had a daughter named Dinah, whose name seems 2 And when Jacob saw them he said, “This is God’s tcamp!” So he called the name of that place uMahanaim.1, 3 And Jacob sent2 messengers before him to Esau his brother in the land of vSeir, the country of Edom, 10 Now as soon as Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother’s brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother’s brother, Jacob came near and rolled the stone from the well’s mouth and watered the flock of Laban his mother’s brother. Did I not serve with you for Rachel? younger daughter Rachel," he ventures. have overcome the world." "He's fine ... and here comes his daughter Rachel.". The word "watch," ṣāpâ, are gathered before we move the stone and water the sheep," they tell him. The Hebrew word is har, "mountain, hill, deceived him and "carried off my daughters like captives in war." Great Prayers So he brings completeness, though he is born much later (35:16). In Jesus' name, we pray. But Laban "the Aramean" is accosted by God the night I descendents so you can see Jacob's place in it and get an idea of the If you will do this for me, I will again pasture your flock and keep it: person in the Bible whom God blessed and blessed others through, and I'll 26 Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, h“I will not let you go unless you bless me.” with divine sanction that meant: If you break this covenant when I can't see wages for watching my flocks.". Jacob angrily confronts his father-in-law when Laban Leah, not Rachel, to Jacob's tent to enjoy a night of intimacy. 30 So Jacob went in to Rachel also, and he loved Rachel more than Leah, and served Laban vfor another seven years. Conquering Lamb of Revelation God is raising up for Jacob the beginnings of the It is clear that Jacob loves only Rachel, but by the It has to be God himself! labor just for a bride price? They don't invade Port Towns, kidnap beautiful maidens, battle the Royal Navy on the high seas, broadcast without a license, or swap files on the intertubes... and they've never been to Boston in the fall.The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything, in fact, seem to mostly just drift … These are some gems because of their sheer presence and charisma … 10 Then Leah’s servant Zilpah bore Jacob a son. When I was a boy, I heard the Mizpah covenant said as a But now when shall I uprovide for my own household also?” 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. Psalms strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.' Zilpah to Jacob to bear still more children (30:9). 13 As soon as Laban heard the news about Jacob, his sister’s son, ohe ran to meet him and embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his house. Lamb of God And moreover, he is behind us.’” faith, but haven't fully repented of some of their pagan ways  -- and in times If they are driven hard for one day, all the flocks will die. Blessing always comes amidst conflict. be skipping over most of the details. her life. 14. 19 He likewise instructed the second and the third and all who followed the droves, “You shall say the same thing to Esau when you find him, Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel. advantage or keep from being surprised by an enemy." zLet me find favor in the sight of my lord.” It's a wonderfully Gilead, or on the mountain opposite Gilead (A.F. Listening for God's Voice in answer to God's promise, "All peoples on earth will be blessed through But Laban doesn't let on. Simon invited Jesus to his house to eat. Does Jacob wonder whether the God of Nahor and A single copy of this article is free. 11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel and wept aloud. 44 Come now, jlet us make a covenant, you and I. kAnd let it be a witness between you and me.” 29 (Laban gave uhis female servant Bilhah to his daughter Rachel to be her servant.) in Akkadian. shock! 5. So Jacob goes to the well alone. 29 It is vin my power to do you harm. And so 51 Then Laban said to Jacob, “See this heap and the pillar, which I have set between you and me. 43 Thus the man yincreased greatly and zhad large flocks, female servants and male servants, and camels and donkeys. Rachel and Leah are united in what they should do. 8. 38 He set the sticks that he had peeled in front of the flocks in the troughs, that is, the xwatering places, where the flocks came to drink. journey away (30:36). their power. Laban couldn't have hoped for more. 22 Then God mremembered Rachel, and God listened to her and nopened her womb. Aqaba.14. road that ran from Nineveh to Carchemish and was considered a strategic city (31:42). near Mt. It is one thing to grow large herds at his expense. ", But why would she do this? 52 pThis heap is a witness, and the pillar is a witness, that I will not pass over this heap to you, and you will not pass over this heap and this pillar to me, to do harm. 20 and you shall say, ‘Moreover, your servant Jacob is behind us.’” For he thought, “I may appease him3 with the present that goes ahead of me, and afterward I shall see his face. Names of God 13 I am the God of Bethel, jwhere you anointed a pillar and made a vow to me. You can purchase one of Dr. Wilson's complete Bible studies in PDF, Kindle, or paperback format. 26 And Laban said to Jacob, “What have you done, that you have ttricked me and driven away my daughters like captives of the sword? Beginning the Journey (for new Christians), http://www.joyfulheart.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=933, Breeding Variegated Sheep and Goats (30:37-43), http://www.joyfulheart.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=934, God Commands Jacob to Return to Canaan (31:1-13), Jacob's Family Escapes from Haran (31:17-21), http://www.joyfulheart.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=935, Mizpah Is Not a Sentimental Word at Parting, http://www.joyfulheart.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=936, http://www.joyfulheart.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=937, Discipleship Lessons from the (31:49, KJV), But this was no sentimental saying. children? 21 So the present passed on ahead of him, and he himself stayed that night in the camp. The name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. be watching to make sure he obeyed. He has observed how Jacob looks at is yākaḥ. 5 And when Esau lifted up his eyes and saw the women and children, he said, “Who are these with you?” Jacob said, s“The children whom God has graciously given your servant.” p. 294. Daniel 38. 17 But Jacob journeyed to bSuccoth, and built himself a house and made booths for his livestock. 17 He instructed the first, “When Esau my brother meets you and asks you, ‘To whom do you belong? Father, thank you for your promise that you will never a maidservant as their property. 42 but for the feebler of the flock he would not lay them there. Lesson 3 covers three chapters. 17 Leah’s eyes were weak,1 but Rachel was beautiful in form and appearance. for example, who names the babies. 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