I am certain that I am finding this more interesting than the three of you who are reading my blog, but I really don’t care. I hope that in some way those who happen upon this content get something out of it. Reading the Word will never result in no return for the reader, and I hope that there is some profit that is coming elsewhere. This is day three. Getting closer to the end of Genesis.
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Jacob has left his family and is heading to see Laban to seek shelter (hopefully finding a wife too) Close your eyes and picture this scene. Jacob and these shepherds are sitting by a well when all of the sudden the sun rises over the hill and here comes Rachel the shepherdess. I imagine that the sun broke through the clouds and hit her at the top of a hill. Jacob’s jaw literally hits the ground and he is totally in love.
Jacob is introduced to Laban. “Jacob told Laban all these things…” I wonder if he told Laban EVERYTHING. Uncle, you should have seen it. Your sister told me to put on skins and change my voice so that we could trick dad into giving me the blessing that should have gone to Esau…
No. I think he left that part out. A guess. Either way, a wedding is planned between Jacob and Rachel.
Laban ends up tricking Jacob though and slides Lazy-eyed Leah in on him.
“Why have you done this to me!?” says Jacob. Uh, Jacob. Irony. You got deceived. Good luck with that.
Rachel is barren, but Leah is having children. Awkward.
All the sudden we have a “Sister Wives” moment where wives and servants are getting pregnant and giving children to Jacob.
- Dinah (Sister. Relevant soon)
Finally God remembers Rachel and she has a son named Joseph.
Jacob decides that it is time to leave Laban’s land. He devises a way to prosper by taking the best of the flocks when he leaves.
God tells Jacob to go return to the land of his fathers… that He will be with him. Rachel and Leah agree that they should go. Rachel takes and hides a household god from Laban. He is angry, but can’t find it. Not a whole lot of love between Laban and Jacob, but they set up a stone to create a monument that would serve as a reminder that they will not pass by to do harm on the other.
Jacob seems to remember the reason that he left in the first place. He remembers that Esau was ticked. Even though God told Jacob that he should return and that ‘I may do you good.’ Jacob acknowledges that the deeds of God are incredible.
Jacob sends gifts ahead of him to try and lessen Esau’s anger. We’ll see if it works.
Jacob wrestles with God. An odd passage in the Bible. God gives Jacob a new name (Israel)
Jacob and Esau meet. Esau is happy to see Jacob and family. Esau doesn’t want the gifts, but Jacob insists. They agree to journey on (Esau ahead of Jacob) Jacob ends up settling in a different area, and it makes me wonder if Jacob totally obeyed by doing this.
Dinah. The sister. She becomes a victim of a sexual crime… but then the attacker (who is a Hivite) decides that he wants to marry her.
When asked, The sons of Jacob answer. WAIT. Why didn’t Jacob answer? Where was he? There is a plan divised to kill all the men involved. We have a Anakin Skywalker vs the younglings moment. Story over. Dad is upset, but he didn’t really step up to the plate, did he?
God reaffirms Jacob and his new name that is Israel. Rachel dies during birth of Benjamin. Reuben sleeps with Bilhah (father’s concubine… this will ultimately ruin his blessing)
Isaac dies. Wait! Isaac was still alive? I thought he was on his death bed when Jacob left years back. Interesting. I would have figured that he would have died long ago right after Jacob tricked him into giving away Esau’s blessing.
All about Esau and his family. Our takeaway can be that God gave Esau a large family too.
Joseph, Jacob’s favorite. See Act 1 of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Joseph dreams. Brothers plot to get rid of him. Reuben decides that he can save Joseph and look like the hero and perhaps get back into good standing with dad (remember the whole sleeping with dad’s concubine thing…) His plan doesn’t happen that way though. Joseph is sold as a slave. Ends up in Egypt. Jacob mourns the loss of his favorite son from his favorite wife.
Tangent from the Joseph story when we have this crazy story that leads to Tamar having a child out of wedlock with her father in law, Judah. The child’s name is Perez. Perez is in the ancestry line of King David.
Back to Joseph. The Lord was with him and the Lord caused all that he did to succeed in his hands. Joseph has to duck out on Potiphar’s wife trying to seduce him. Thrown in jail. BUT the Lord was with Joseph and showed steadfast love and favor.
Poor, poor Joseph locked up in a cell. Things ain’t going well, hey, locked up in a cell.
Joseph interprets some dreams. He has a glimmer of a chance to get out, but the recently restored cupbearer forgets about him. Joseph is still in prison.