[Linux4christians] Genesis 31:36-55 [32:1] (Saturday)
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Genesis 31:36-55 [32:1] (Saturday)
31:36 Jacob became angry and argued with Laban. "What did I do wrong?"
he demanded of Laban. "What sin of mine prompted you to chase after me
in hot pursuit? 31:37 When you searched through all my goods, did you
find anything that belonged to you? Set it here before my relatives and
yours, and let them settle the dispute between the two of us!
31:38 "I have been with you for the past twenty years. Your ewes and
female goats have not miscarried, nor have I eaten rams from your
flocks. 31:39 Animals torn by wild beasts I never brought to you; I
always absorbed the loss myself. You always made me pay for every
missing animal, whether it was taken by day or at night. 31:40 I was
consumed by scorching heat during the day and by piercing cold at night,
and I went without sleep. 31:41 This was my lot for twenty years in your
house: I worked like a slave for you -- fourteen years for your two
daughters and six years for your flocks, but you changed my wages ten
31:42 If the God of my father -- the God of Abraham, the one whom Isaac
fears -- had not been with me, you would certainly have sent me away
empty-handed! But God saw how I was oppressed and how hard I worked, and
he rebuked you last night."
31:43 Laban replied to Jacob, "These women are my daughters, these
children are my grandchildren, and these flocks are my flocks. All that
you see belongs to me. But how can I harm these daughters of mine today
or the children to whom they have given birth? 31:44 So now, come, let's
make a formal agreement, you and I, and it will be proof that we have
31:45 So Jacob took a stone and set it up as a memorial pillar. 31:46
Then he said to his relatives, "Gather stones." So they brought stones
and put them in a pile. They ate there by the pile of stones. 31:47
Laban called it Jegar Sahadutha, but Jacob called it Galeed.
31:48 Laban said, "This pile of stones is a witness of our agreement
today." That is why it was called Galeed. 31:49 It was also called
Mizpah because he said, "May the Lord watch between us when we are out
of sight of one another. 31:50 If you mistreat my daughters or if you
take wives besides my daughters, although no one else is with us,
realize that God is witness to your actions."
31:51 "Here is this pile of stones and this pillar I have set up between
me and you," Laban said to Jacob. 31:52 "This pile of stones and the
pillar are reminders that I will not pass beyond this pile to come to
harm you and that you will not pass beyond this pile and this pillar to
come to harm me.
31:53 May the God of Abraham and the god of Nahor, the gods of their
father, judge between us." Jacob took an oath by the God whom his father
Isaac feared. 31:54 Then Jacob offered a sacrifice on the mountain and
invited his relatives to eat the meal. They ate the meal and spent the
night on the mountain.
31:55 (32:1) Early in the morning Laban kissed his grandchildren and his
daughters goodbye and blessed them. Then Laban left and returned home.
Prayer: Lord, the world sees through blindly-selfish eyes, may I be
faithful in seeing things through Your eyes of truth.
Jacob declares his innocence (not knowing of the stolen idols) and his
right to claim his family and property after 20 years of sacrificial
service to Laban.
Laban falsely declares ownership of Jacob's daughters (he gave/sold them
to Jacob) and of all of Jacob's property (earned by Jacob under an
agreement with Laban).
They make peace as neither desires a conflict and Laban remains fearful
due to the vision from God.
The differences are illustrated in their names for the place of the
"memorial pillar", the God/gods to whom they "swear", and their
perspective of their own righteousness.
*Consider this:* Jacob was clearly righteous in his claim to his wives
and property, Laban was not.
*Discuss this:* If not for the intervention of God -- placing fear in
the heart of Laban -- what might have happened between Laban and Jacob?
*Reflect on this:* Does the fear of God cause us to be peacemakers,
despite differences, or do we sometimes rush to demand what is "ours"
without regard to God?
*Share this:* When have you experienced or observed a situation where
God, though His Holy Spirit, has caused a peaceful resolution to what
would otherwise have been an unnecessary conflict?
*Faith in Action*
*Prayer:* Ask the Holy Spirit to protect you from those whose
selfishness might cause them to harm you, and from your own
rush-to-action where you might unnecessarily create conflict with others.
*Action:* I will prayerfully partner with the Holy Spirit to seek a
peaceful settlement where there is conflict. I will not sell-out truth
or be abused I any way but I will not make unreasonable demands nor will
I insist that the other agree with me where it is clear that they cannot
[for doctrinal or maturity or spiritual or other reasons]. I will find a
middle ground where a parting and/or a resolution is possible with
minimal conflict and/or harm.
/*Sunday's text will be: Genesis 32*/
Have an http://Ultrafidian.com Day! Pastor David
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