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While many in the church today seem to think that it is the duty of Christians individually and the church corporately to harness their resources, and redeem the culture by bringing the kingdom of God to bear upon the world, this perspective is very questionable given the history of God's people. Our history reveals that it is God in his omniscience (all-knowing) and omnipotence (all-powerful) who accomplishes his promises despite the ignorance and impotence of his people. Jacob's separation from Laban highlights these truths.
We continue the story of Jacob with him living now with his Uncle Laban, marrying and raising a family. But everything continues to go wrong. His Uncle swindles and tricks him so Jacob marries Leah instead of Rachel. Laban then barters the daughter Jacob really loves for more years of free labor from Jacob. There is conflict and rivalry in the family business, there is conflict and rivalry in Jacob’s home. But God made a promise. And God will keep the promise of blessing in spite of all the flaws and wrongs breaking around Jacob. ‘But God . . .’ is our hope and trust as we admit and encounter our flaws and limitations.
Scripture passage describes Jacob's time with his uncle Laban. And Jacob's love for Rachel and marriage to Leah because of Laban's deception.
1) A family of grace, a family of suffering 2) Laban's plot and Leah's lot 3) The bad news 4) The good news
Jacob finally finds a wife...or two. What do we think about Jacob working 14 years for the hand of Rachel? Romantic story, or sad diversion from the plan of God? And what about Leah? How does she feel about her plot in life? And how does God feel about her?
Laban pursues Jacob. They confront one another and part, after having set up a memorial heap of stones.
In the midst of human deception and sinfulness, God still is working out His plan. Jacob was blessed, not because of the means he used, but in spite of them. Success is not necessarily a mark of God's favor. The ends do not justify the means. There is an ultimate judgment; God will provide vengeance for wrongs.
God's providence seen in Jacob meeting Rachel. The deceiver deceived as Laban changes Jacob's wages.