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Jacob Lesson 9 – You won’t go empty-handed

(Read Genesis 31:33-42)

Discussion points

  1. Laban went into Jacob’s tent being confident that his idols had been stolen. He made a thorough search of all the tents.(v33-34)
  2. Rachel had taken the household idols, put them in the camel’s saddle, and sat on them: it is clear that Rachel had learnt the ways of deception well from her father – and perhaps also from her husband. She succeeded in deceiving her father about the idols.(v35)
  3. Jacob being very angry rebuked Laban, most likely this anger had built up in him over a long period of time and made the case for his own innocence with several examples. (v36-37)
  4. Jacob’s twenty years of faithful service proved he was a man of integrity.(v38)
  5. None of Laban’s ewes or female goats miscarried. This demonstrated the care Jacob showed for the success of Laban’s herds.(v39)
  6. Jacob didn’t feed or enrich himself at the expense of what belonged to Laban.(v39)
  7. Jacob explained he didn’t follow the normal custom, and every animal that was attacked or stolen, he replaced out of his own herd.(v39)
  8. Jacob worked hard day and night and sacrificed for the success of Laban’s enterprise. (v40)
  9. Jacob endured repeated unfairness from Laban as his employer.(v41)
  10. Jacob claimed that it was God’s protection that sent him away in a way that prevented Laban from taking what belonged to him.(v42)

Summary

Trusting in the Faithfulness of God

  1. It was through the hard times in Jacob’s life that he truly learned to trust in the faithfulness of God. So also in our lives we must become fully reliant upon the faithfulness of God. (Psalm 9:9-10, Isaiah 61:1-3)
  2. God may bear with the iniquity of some to clear the innocence of others. Jacob never knew that Rachel had taken his father’s idols that was why he cursed whoever did it. (Genesis 31:32)
  3. Jacob was unrelenting is his service to Laban despite all the unfairness he experienced. (Colossians 3:23-24).
  4. Good service will rise in judgment against the hard dealings of evil rulers (Galatians 6:9-10).
  5. Where man is injurious, God Himself will plead for His righteous servants by protecting them (Proverbs 19:21)
  6. Rachel sat on the gods and no one noticed – this shows how worthless these false gods are, they cannot even defend themselves. Hallelujah, Our God is a living God; no one can sit on him. (Psalm 115:4-8 ESV)
  7. Jacob gave all the credit for his success to God. (1corithians 10:17-18, 31 KJV)
  8. God is faithful to preserve, sustain and guide those who are His (Proverbs 37-25-26)
  9. Unfortunately, Jacob never claimed God as his own throughout, he had always referred to God as the God of his father, Isaac and the God of his grandfather –Abraham but he enjoyed the covenant upon his fathers regardless. (Genesis 17:7)
  10. Laban was caught empty –handed, his charges against Jacob could not be justified (John 14:30)

PRAYER POINTS

  1. O Lord our God arise and defend us from false accusers.
  2. Father help me to be both honest and diligent in all my ways.
  3. Father grant me the grace to be unrelenting in doing good, give me the strength not to discouraged.
  4. Father condemn every tongue that rises against me and my family in judgement
  5. Father preserve and protect me from all my evil pursuers.
  6. Sweet Holy spirit, where it matters plead my cause against workers of iniquity as from today.
  7. O Lord guide my footstep today and forever so that i do not fall into the traps of the enemy in Jesus name.
  8. Our Lord and our God we depend on you to protect and fight our battles for us in Jesus name. Let us enjoy sweat less victories even as you win for us.
  9. Father turn around every evil plan of the enemy for me into my success even as you did for Jacob.
  10. Father rebuke every force working against my breakthrough. let me have great rewards for all my efforts. I must not go empty handed.

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