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Jacob Lesson 5 – God Never Forgets

(Read Genesis 30:14-30)

Discussion points

  1. The hostility between Leah and Rachel, sisters of the same parents, but married to the same man, was obvious and painful. It is unhealthy for children to grow in an atmosphere of strife (v14-15)
  2. Envy and competition marred the relationship between two sisters causing them to take matters into their own hands. (v16-17).
  3. Rachel had been praying to God, ‘’and God hearkened to her. ‘With God, a fervent (passionate, with intensity) prayer will not go unanswered. Sometimes, the answer is a long time in coming, but God hears and answers prayers. (v22)
  4. Many events in Jacob’s household preceded the birth of Joseph. Though delayed, he had a purpose in the family. Many times, covenant children will come at a time suitable to fulfil God’s divine agenda. (v22 – 24)
  5. Rachel testified to the graciousness of God through the meaning of Joseph’s name – “God has removed my disgrace / God has brought an end to my reproach”. (v23)
  6. No matter how long we have been waiting on God, he does not forget us. After many years of delay, the Lord remembered Rachel, and listened to her and opened her womb, to bear children, removing her reproach and taking all the glory. (v23 – 24)
  7. After 14years of faithful service to Laban, Jacob wanted out so he could return to the promised land with his family. Laban was willing to compensate Jacob because he recognized that he was a man favoured by God and this had brought him good fortunes, wealth and blessings. (v27)
  8. As children of God, wherever we find ourselves, we must strive to be an asset and not a liability. When your life is a blessing to others, everyone wants you around them. (v27 – 28)
  9. Though Jacob prospered in Laban’s house, he knew that cannot be compared to God’s plan for him in the Promised Land. (v26-29).
  10. Jacob’s family was his number one priority, all he wanted was to be able to provide for them independently (v30)

Summary

DELAY IS NOT DENIAL

  1. Living with unforgiveness is unhealthy. God has forgiven us much and his desire is that we forgive those who have offended us to promote peace. (Matthew 6:14-15; Colossians 3:13; Ephesians 4:31-32)
  2. We should maintain a balance between our work and home life. Although Jacob was in the field to fend for his family, he missed many events crucial to his family life. Time spent with family is priceless and could reveal areas to adjust. (Psalm 127:1-2; Proverbs 16:3; Proverbs 31:27-28)
  3. God, in his wisdom, ordained that one man be joined to one woman in a one-flesh relationship, to promote peace and harmony in the home. (Genesis 2:24; Leviticus 18:18)
  4. It is harder to live with the consequences of taking matters into our hands. When we are faced with issues beyond us, we must be humble enough to take it to God rather than act out of our own wisdom. (Romans 12:18; 1 Thessalonians 4:11; Philippians 4:6; 1 Chronicles 16:11)
  5. Trusting God when nothing seems to be happening is difficult. People may not understand what you are going through, but you must resist the temptation to think God has forgotten you. (Psalm 94:18-19; Philippians 4:19; Matthew 28:20, Isaiah 49:15)
  6. It takes courage and patience to wait for God to act but the peace and joy that comes with God’s intervention is beyond the challenge of waiting. (Isaiah 30:18; 40:30-31; Lamentations 3:25-26)
  7. God is the same, yesterday, today, and forevermore (Hebrews 13:8). Just as he answered Hannah (1 Samuel 1:5), he also answered Rachel, to further his purpose. (Isaiah 55:8-91, John 5:15; Jeremiah 29:12-13; Psalm 66:17-20)
  8. With God, delay is not denial. Prayers always change situations for good. Rachel prayed fervently to God after she had tried everything within her power to conceive, and God remembered her and opened her womb in his own time. (Jeremiah 29:12-13; 1 Peter 3:12; John 16:24; 1 John 5:14)
  9. Just as Jacob’s love for Rachel was not dependent on her ability to have children, God’s love for us as well is unconditional! We cannot do anything to earn it. (Isaiah 54:10; Psalm 86:15; Zephaniah 3:17; 1 John 3:1)
  10. God’s love for us will reach us anywhere. While in Laban’s house, a pagan, for fourteen years, God was with Jacob and blessed him. While we were yet sinners, God loved us so much until we found him at salvation. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

PRAYER POINTS

  1. Father you have forgiven me much, help me to forgive those who have offended me for peace to reign.
  2. Lord, you are the builder of homes, grant me wisdom to build a loving, friendly and peaceful home.
  3. O Lord give me the power to overcome temptation to seek alternatives, let me wait for your perfect will for me.
  4. Lord attend to the voice of my prayers and answer me as I wait patiently for your visitation.
  5. Remember me now, O lord and terminate any reproach in my life, take disgrace far away from me and my family.
  6. Father I come against the spirit of envy and competition that may destroy my relationships and cause me to step out of your will.
  7. Father cancel every delay in my life and give me a new testimonies as you did for Rachel.
  8. Enough is enough, I cannot continue like this! Lord, intervene for me immediately and take away all forms of shame in my life.
  9. Father cause the work of my hands to prosper, wherever I am and in whatever I do let it succeed. Increase me more and more, I and my children.
  10. O lord, satisfy me with your favour and let others be blessed because of me.

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