by Harley Howard

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Genesis Chapter 29 (29 of 47)
Series: The Study of The Word Of God
Harley Howard

1 Then Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of the people of the east.
2 And he looked, and behold a well in the field, and, lo, there were three flocks of sheep lying by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks: and a great stone was upon the well's mouth.
3 And thither were all the flocks gathered: and they rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the sheep, and put the stone again upon the well's mouth in his place.
4 And Jacob said unto them, My brethren, whence be ye? And they said, Of Haran are we.
5 And he said unto them, Know ye Laban the son of Nahor? And they said, We know him.
6 And he said unto them, Is he well? And they said, He is well: and, behold, Rachel his daughter cometh with the sheep.

This looks similar to the incident with Abraham's servant as he looked for a wife for Jacob's father, Isaac. The story takes place at a well, looking for brides, in the same family of Laban with the results of both Rebekah and Rachel being met at the well and eventually getting married. But this is where the similarities end. Both the experiences of Isaac and Jacob are as different as night and day, with one exception; both get the unpleasant experience of meeting Mr. Laban. Laban is not a man to be trusted. We have seen this already when Isaac met him. He displayed himself as a man who could not keep his word. We will see even more of this in his dealings with Jacob.

7 And he said, Lo, it is yet high day, neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together: water ye the sheep, and go and feed them.
8 And they said, We cannot, until all the flocks be gathered together, and till they roll the stone from the well's mouth; then we water the sheep.

I have read the writings of others who have expressed their views of whom these men were and why they did not roll away the stone to water their flocks. Some sa ...

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