Genesis Lesson 20 Day 4

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Genesis Lesson 20 Day 4

Genesis 30:25-43

Jacob asked Laban for permission to go home, but Laban bargained for him to stay.

9a) Jacob said, “Send me away, that I may go to my own home and country.”

Jacob already kept his part of the original bargain. Laban’s flocks increased abundantly under Jacob’s diligent care.

Laban looked on Jacob as a “good omen.” All of the reasons he gives for wanting them to stay related to his own prosperity and greed—Not love for his daughters and grandchildren.

His offer would keep Jacob in the same role as a hired servant, but allowing him to name his wages. (In Genesis 31:7, Jacob says to Rachel, “your father has cheated me and changed my wages ten times.” despite the agreement they made in Genesis 30.)

Jacob suggests a plan that will allow him to build a flock of his own while still tending Laban’s. His plan to separate the speckled and spotted sheep and goats from the others. Apparently, most of the flock had solid colored coats, or Laban would not agree. Jacob also took only the heartier specimens and left the weaker ones with Laban’s herd.

Jacob separated his herd three days journey away from Laban’s in the care of his sons. His selective breeding plan was a great success.

b) The outcome

God was on Jacob’s side. Whether this breeding plan has any scientific merit or not, God greatly prospered Jacob.

Laban was correct in the beginning when he said that he was being blessed because of Jacob, but he trusted in his pagan gods, took advantage of Jacob and cheated him over and over again.

10a) God blessed Jacob “exceedingly exceedingly.”

The ancient Hebrew says, “The man [Jacob] burst out exceedingly exceedingly.”1

Jacob is Isaac’s son, Abraham’s grandson. God made a covenant with Abraham to make of him a great nation. “I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3)

Before Rebekah gave birth, the Lord chose Jacob and rejected his brother Esau. Only Jacob’s sons would become the tribes of Israel.

In Genesis 28:13-15, the Lord appeared to Jacob and promised that his offspring would be like the dust of the earth. He also said, “I will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

Jacob worked hard, submitted to Laban, and excelled in his work despite Laban’s wrongdoing. He trusts the Lord will see to it that he receives his inheritance. (Colossians 3:22-25)

He didn’t repay evil for evil and he obtained a blessing. (1 Peter:3:9)

b) God keeps His promises.

Just as Jacob was blessed because of God’s covenant with him and his forefathers, so God blesses us because of the blood covenant He made with us through Jesus.

He also “granted to us his precious and very great promises.”

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. (2 Peter 1:3-4)

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