DAY 11

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TODAYS READING  

Genesis 30:25-31:55

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TODAYS WORSHIP

Laban was a deceiver, as was Jacob. Through these 20 years that Jacob served Laban, he had repetitively shown himself untrustworthy. He switched brides in Genesis 29:23 after promising Jacob Rachel, "Now it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter and brought her to Jacob; and he went in to her." Laban then gets another seven years of Jacob's service of making him work another block of time for Rachel. We see that Laban manipulated the situation with the goats and lambs after agreeing on a deal for another six years of service with Jacob in Genesis 30:33-35. In fact, Jacob sums it up to Rachel and Leah in Genesis 31:6-7, "And you know that with all my might I have served your father. Yet your father deceived me and changed my wages ten times, but God did not allow him to hurt me." So now, unknowingly to Jacob, we read in 31:19, "Now Laban had gone to shear the sheep, and Rachel had stolen the household idols that were her father's." Not knowing this after Jacob flees from Laban, and Laban catches up to them, Jacob says in 31:32, "With whomever, you find your gods, do not let him live. In the presence of our brethren, identify what I have of yours and take it with you." Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen them." When Rachel deceives her father and he is unable to find the household gods, we read in 31:36, "Then Jacob was angry and rebuked Laban, and Jacob answered and said to Laban: "What is my trespass? What is my sin, that you have so hotly pursued me?" Laban's character would certainly justify Jacob's strong response. But, in reality, Jacob, this time was wrong. He felt that he had all that he needed to pass judgment on Laban, but was incorrect. Being so sure of himself could have cost his beloved Rachel her life, because of his strong words.

 Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:37, "But let your 'Yes' be "Yes', and your 'No', 'No'. For whatever is more than these is from the evil one." The quick words and oath stated confidently by Jacob could have cost his wife her life. People don't take their words seriously, squirming out of wrong statements by saying, "I didn't mean that". Our words count and should be considered before speaking.

THIS WEEKS MEMORY VERSE

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. ~James 1:2-3

TOMORROWS READING

GENESIS 32:1-35:37

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