Week 3  Day 5

Jacob's life was determined
      by the crises he experienced
      and the commands of a protective God

The crises were the trouble spots
      which he always seemed to survive

The commands were the presence of God
      providing guidance
      and reassurance.


We learn something important from Jacob's life
      that we don't have to be
      worthy of God's favor
      in order for God to want to use us
But we do need to be open
      to the possibility of
      God's claim on us

Jacob dared to believe the blessing
      it gave him 
      a destiny to fulfill.
 

                                            MOVING OUT
Claiming the right to leave and dealing with conflict resolution.
                                              Genesis 31

    1Jacob heard the words of Laban's sons, saying, "Jacob has
taken away all that was our father's and has acquired all his
wealth." 
2And Jacob saw the countenance of Laban, and
indeed it was not
favorable toward him as before.  3The Lord
said to Jacob, "Return
to the land of your fathers and to your
family, and I will be with you."
    17Then Jacob rose and set
his sons and his wives on camels.
18He carried away all his
livestock and all his possessions which
he had gained, to go
to his father Isaac in the land of Canaan.
19Now Laban had
gone to shear his sheep, and Rachel had stolen
the
household idols that were her father's. 

   
20Unknown to Laban, 21Jacob fled with all that he had. 
He
arose and crossed the river, and headed toward the
mountains
of Gilead.
    22Laban was told on the third day that Jacob had fled. 
23Then
he took his brethren and pursued him for seven
days' journey, and
overtook him in the mountains of Gilead. 
    36Jacob was angry and rebuked Laban, "What is my
trespass? 
What is my sin, that you have so hotly pursued
me?  37Although
you have searched all my things, what part
of your household
things have you found?  Set it here before
my brethren and your
brethren, that they may judge
between us both! 

    38"Twenty years I have been with you; your ewes and your
female goats have not miscarried, and I have not eaten the
rams
of your flock.  39That which was torn by beasts I did not
bring to
you; I bore the loss of it.  You required it from my
hand, whether
stolen by day or stolen by night.  40There I was! 
In the day drought
consumed me, and the frost by night, and
my sleep departed from
my eyes.  41Thus I have been in your
house; I served you fourteen
years for your two daughters,
and six years for your flock, and you
have changed my
wages ten times."

    45So Jacob took a stone and set it up as a pillar, 46and said
to 
his brethren, "Gather stones."  They took stones and made
a heap,
and ate there on the heap called Mizpah, because he
said, "May
the Lord watch between you and me when we are
absent one from
another."  51Laban said to Jacob, "I will not
pass beyond this heap
to you, and you will not pass beyond
this heap and pillar to me, for
harm.  53The God of Abraham,
the God of Nahor, and the God of
their father judge between
us."  And Jacob swore.

    55Early in the morning Laban arose, kissed his sons and
daughters and blessed them.  Then Laban returned to his
place.

                             This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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