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Week 3 Day 5
Jacob's life was determined by the crises he experienced and the commands of a protective GodThe crises were the trouble spots which he always seemed to surviveThe 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 usBut we do need to be open to the possibility of God's claim on usJacob 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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