Jacob’s night on his way to Paddan Aram.
7) The 600 mile trip to Paddan Aram
This may be the first time Jacob spent the night away from the comforts of home.
Scripture doesn’t mention Jacob had traveling companions or gifts for his new wife. I assume Rebekah packed some provisions for him.
He slept on a cold, stone pillow instead of a soft one stuffed with lamb’s wool.
For his meal, he probably ate cold food.
He fell asleep and awoke to wilderness sounds instead of the hustle and bustle of daily chores among the tents.
Aside from the inconveniences, discomfort, isolation, and loneliness, Jacob was riddled with guilt and anxious about escaping Esau’s wrath. On the bright side, he anticipated the excitement of finding a wife. He had many long days ahead to think.
8a) Costly obedience
Nine years ago, when I went through this study of Genesis for the first time, we had just obeyed God to give up a house we loved. We’d only been in it for 11 months. Soon after our move, the Lord also said to post my answers on this website.
We moved into a run down house I never learned to love so we could help our son’s family through a tough season. Then my aging dad moved in with us, and within a month, my husband had a near fatal heart attack.
So I would say that was out of our comfort zone.
b) Spiritual growth
As we will soon read, Jacob endures a long series of tests and trials after he reaches Rebekah’s family. The Lord used them to train him to be the father of the twelve tribes of Israel.
The Lord tests our faith to produce perseverance.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (James 1:2-8)
Learn to submit to human authority and to God. Even if the person tricks you and treats you unjustly. (1 Peter 2:13-22)
“It is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s Will, than for doing evil. (v. 17)” (1 Peter 3:13-22)
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