Genesis Chapter 31 (31 of 47) by Harley Howard

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Genesis Chapter 31 (31 of 47)
Series: The Study of The Word Of God
Harley Howard


1 And he heard the words of Laban's sons, saying, Jacob hath taken away all that was our father's; and of that which was our father's hath he gotten all this glory.
2 And Jacob beheld the countenance of Laban, and, behold, it was not toward him as before.

The report of Laban's sons to Laban was that Jacob has ripped us off. This did not sit well with Laban; in fact his appearance was totally different towards Jacob. The multiplication of Jacob's cattle and the decrease and degeneracy of those of Laban, were sufficient to arouse the jealousy of Laban's sons.

3 And the LORD said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee.

God sets the way clear for Jacob to leave and to go back home. The important fact is that God would be with him, meaning of course that God would orchestrate all of the affairs of Jacob's life to protect him from Laban.

4 And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field unto his flock,
5 And said unto them, I see your father's countenance, that it is not toward me as before; but the God of my father hath been with me.
6 And ye know that with all my power I have served your father.
7 And your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me.
8 If he said thus, The speckled shall be thy wages; then all the cattle bare speckled: and if he said thus, The ringstraked shall be thy hire; then bare all the cattle ringstraked.
9 Thus God hath taken away the cattle of your father, and given them to me.

Jacob needed the support of his family for this move and frankly speaking, I am sure that the girls were just as glad to get away from Laban as Jacob was. The Lord was involved in the protection of Jacob. It was the Lord that took away the flocks from Laban. We also see that Laban changed the wages of Jacob ten times. Laban was a man not ...


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