Book of Genesis
A. The son’s of Laban were very envious of Jacob. Over the six year period that Jacob tended the flocks they realized that Jacob was becoming the stronger. It appears that even though Laban tried his best to swindle Jacob, the Lord would always reversed Laban’s plot and use it against him.
B. Furthermore Jacob’s brothers-in-law made it a point to tell Laban that Jacob came to them with nothing. Now everything he has he obtained from Laban. To their way of thinking what Jacob had, was really theirs, and they wanted it all back!
C. Jacob needs to break free, or he is a dead man!
Secret Escape (31:1-21)
Was not safe there
Laban has changed, and all his sons are envious
Jacob has had to deal enough with envy for 10 lifetimes
God tells Jacob it is time to leave
Jacob explains to his wives why they must leave their home
He exaggerates about how things have been
And lies to cover up his real activities
And then claims that God was behind it all – not quite!
Rachel and Leah agree to leave (31:14-16)
They all pack up, and leave early in the day, getting
three days advance on Laban
Rachel steals her daddy’s idols
A beautiful woman
A spoiled brat
Severe Wrath (31:22-30)
Finds out Jacob has escaped – type of the anti-christ
It took 7 days to catch up with Jacob and his family –
Jacob is travelling fast
God intervenes (as He does in Job 1 and 2; Pr 16:7)
Laban confronts Jacob
Why leave? Didn’t you like it there?
Why leave secretly? Why didn’t you ask? We could have
had a party! Laban kind of exaggerates how they left!
I should hurt you, but God won’t let me
Why steal my gods (31:30; 31:19). Question, what kind of a
god is it that can be stolen? Or burnt? Or carried?
Laban, as the antichrist, hates to lose!
Sober Answer (31:31-32)
I was afraid – good motivating force
Fear of you
Fear of you taking what I have
But I am not afraid
Of how right I am in all my dealings with you –
There are no false gods here
I am so sure, you can look and see, and if there are any
gods of you’re here, then that person who has them shall be executed!
Diligent Search (31:33-35)
Tent after tent
In Rachel’s tent – Laban gets tricked
Notice that Rachel brings gods with her into the life that
God has called her, her husband, and kids into
Leave the gods of the old life behind (Josh 24:15)!
Soap-Box (31:36-42) – finally
gets to take a dig at his arch-enemy, Laben
What is my sin
After 20 long years, I am quitting
I took responsibility for all you flocks, and all the
problems in the flock
All that has happened has been because God is on MY side
He gives up
The people looking at him, were all his people – his
children and grandchildren
Make a covenant – a vow never to meet again!
Jegar-sahadutha – chaldean word for “heap of
Galeed – Hebrew for heap of witness