Gentlemen, excuse me for a minute while I talk to the ladies. Ladies, have you been guilty of using biology as an excuse to disobey the second greatest commandment, to love your neighbor as you love yourself?
Rachel had stolen from her father and when he came looking for his property, she used the fact that it was “that time of the month” to cover her sin! Is it possible we do much the same thing in various ways?
Also, what was Jacob’s wrestling with God all about? Did Jacob “win” that wrestling match, why did he go away with a permanent limp, and what does it all mean? Why does God allow us to wrestle with Him in prayer sometimes?
Genesis 31 & 32
Biology or Sin?
Traditions & Unburned Bridges
Today we’ll talk about Jacob and his divine wrestling match, but first, I want to comment on a couple of other passages.
Jacob has decided to take his two wives and his children and head home.
The next thing we know Rachel has stolen her father’s household gods before they head off (31.19)!
It seems so ridiculous that once she knew the truth she could think there was any power in something made by man’s hands! And yet, don’t we come up with our own man made solutions instead of waiting on and trusting God?
Maybe, she “kind of believed.” How else could she explain how Jacob prospered in spite Laban’s schemes?
Maybe she found it hard to leave behind her family “traditions”? Remember many of the pagan people believed in many gods, not just one. Maybe she didn’t want to “burn any bridges” with those other “gods.”
Again, what about us? Do we say we trust God on the one hand, but “not burn our bridges” on the other? What are you hanging on to “just in case”?
The Manner of Women
And this one’s for us, ladies:
Jacob had left without telling Laban. Now Laban returns home and finds Jacob and his daughters gone, along with his household god. Continue reading