January 25, Reading 1 – Genesis 31

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SAA Notes

This flight and pursuit story is exciting. Rachael is a little thief with secrets from both her father and husband. She has only months to live, but no-one knows this. In an unruly situation where anything could have happened, God made sure that Laban treated Jacob carefully.

SJA Notes

“What was torn by wild beasts I did not bring to you. I bore the loss of it myself. From my hand you required it, whether stolen by day or stolen by night … I served you fourteen years for your two daughters, and six years for your flock, and you have changed my wages ten times.”

Laban sounds like a bit of a nasty piece of work, not a nice boss at all – Never-mind as a father-in-law!

It sounds like the family holidays would have been layered with hurt and one-upsmanship, from all parties. Rachel stole her father’s idols.

But God still works good for His people.

He speaks with Laban, who listens to the voice of God.

And some peace (unsteady though it might have been) is wrought between Jacob and Laban.

God does work good through our brokenness. Here we see more examples of this.

* Father God,

Thank You for loving us when we were enemies.

And thank You that even though, once Your people, saved and being sanctified – Even though we continue to fall to sin, You continue to work for our good (and work good within us)!

Thank You Lord!

Amen.

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