In The Beginning God Part 18

Kingwell By Kingwell, 31st May 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Jacob's thoughts turn homeward and he asks Laban to give him all that is his that he may return to his own country.

Jacob Remains With Laban

Jacob, having worked with his uncle for many years has now decided that it’s time for him to move on. He has his wives and eleven children, none of whom have yet met his parents and no doubt he would like to see them as well. He knows too that it is time for him to provide for his own family. “And it came to pass that when Rachel had born Joseph that Jacob said unto Laban send me away that I may go unto mine own place and to my country. Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served thee and let me go: for thou knowest my service which I have done unto thee. Genesis 30: 25-26.
Laban however, is reluctant to let him go for he realizes that he is much more prosperous than he was when Jacob first came to him. “And Laban said unto him, I pray thee, if I have found favour in thine eyes, tarry: for I have learned by experience that the Lord has blessed me for thy sake”. Genesis 30: 27. Of course Laban also realizes that Jacob can now lay claim to a portion of the cattle and he has to come up with a plan that will be in his own best interest. They finally come to an understanding and Jacob promises not to leave immediately. Instead he says to Laban “I will pass through all thy flock today removing from thence all the speckled and spotted cattle, and all the brown cattle among the sheep and the spotted and speckled among the goats: and of such shall be my hire. So shall my righteousness answer for me in time to come, when it shall come for my hire before thy face: everyone that is not speckled and spotted among the goats, and brown among the sheep, shall be counted stolen by me. And Laban said, behold I would it might be according to thy word. And he removed that day the he goats that were ringstraked and spotted and all the she goats that were speckled and spotted, and everyone that had some white in it, and all the brown among the sheep, and gave them into the hand of his sons. And he set three days journey betwixt himself and Jacob: and Jacob fed the rest of Laban’s flocks”. Genesis 30: 32-36.

Jacob's Plan

Now Laban may have thought that he’d gotten a good deal but he did not count on the ingenuity of the younger man. Indeed what Jacob did next, while perhaps not fair to his uncle, proves that some people of the time were much further advanced then we give them credit for. “And Jacob took him rods of green poplar, and of the hazel and chesnut trees; and pilled white strakes in them, and made the white appear which was in the rods. And he set the rods which he had pilled before the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink, that they should conceive when they came to drink. And the flocks conceived before the rods and brought forth cattle ringstraked, speckled and spotted. And Jacob did separate the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks toward the ringstraked, and all the brown in the flock of Laban; and he put his own flocks by themselves, and put them not unto Laban’s cattle. And it came to pass, whenever the stronger cattle did conceive, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the cattle in the gutters that they might conceive among the rods. But when the cattle were feeble, he put them not in: so the feebler were Laban’s and the stronger Jacob’s. And the man increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidservants and menservants, and camels and asses. Genesis30:37- 43.

God Tells Jacob To Return Home

Soon Laban’s sons began speaking against Jacob saying that he had taken away all that was their fathers. Laban heard this and soon Jacob noticed that his uncle was no longer friendly towards him. It was then that the Lord spoke to Jacob and told him to leave Laban and return to the land of his fathers. So Jacob sent servants and called Rachel and Leah unto him in the field. He told of how their father had treated him and how an angel of God had spoken to him in a dream and instructed him to return to his homeland. Leah and Rachel both agreed that he should do as the Lord had commanded and soon his sons and his wives were packed up and ready to go. He went without telling his father-in-law that he was going but he did not know that Rachel had stolen one of her father’s images. “And he carried away all his cattle and all his goods which he had gotten, the cattle of his getting, which he had gotten in Padanaram, for to go to Isaac his father in the land of Canaan”. Genesis31:18.
More than two days passed before Laban was told that Jacob had left. Laban also noticed that one of his images was missing! Laban and his brethren immediately pursued after Jacob and after seven days they caught up with them. This time however, God had spoken to Laban in a dream warning him not to get into an argument with his son-in-law! Laban pretended to be upset because Jacob had left without letting him know that he was going and taking his daughters and grandchildren without giving him a chance to say good-bye. Although Jacob wasn’t fooled by all this he was surprised when Laban accused him of stealing his images! Having no thought that Rachel had stolen one of her father’s Gods, Jacob tells his uncle:” With whomsoever thou findest thy Gods, let him not live before our brethren discern thou what is thine with me, and take it to thee”. Genesis31: 32. Laban began his search in Jacob’s tent, then he entered Leah’s tent and that of the two servants but he found nothing. Rachel however, determined that her father would not find the images, put them in the camel’s furniture and sat upon them. When her father came to search her tent she said to him: “let it not displease my lord that I cannot rise up before thee for the custom of women is upon me. And he searched, but found not the images”. Genesis 31: 35.

Jacob And Laban Seperate.

When the search was finished and no images had been found, Jacob was naturally upset with his father-in-law for the accusation that he had brought against him. He lectured the older man, reminding him of the twenty years that he had worked for him and how he had changed his wages ten times. He also suggested that except for the fear of the God of Jacob, Laban would even now have sent him away with nothing to show for his years of service! Eventually however, the two men make peace and set up a heap of stones between them with each swearing not to pass over the heap to harm the other. Later that evening they feasted and spend the night there. Early the following morning Laban kissed his family and left for his own country, leaving Jacob free to return to his father.
TO BE CONTINUED See Part 19
See Part 1

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I am 75 years old and retired.I like writing short stories, poetry as well other articles of interest.

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author avatar spirited
1st Jun 2015 (#)

Twenty years working for Laban, and his old father is still alive.

Isaac must have been blind for a long time. He died when he was 180 apparently.

Again very intriguing stuff this Kingwell.

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author avatar Kingwell
1st Jun 2015 (#)

Thanks spirited, I'm not sure if Jacob knew that his father was alive or not. There seems to have been good genes in the family (lol!) so probably he just assumed that his father was still living. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
1st Jun 2015 (#)

yes, I had forgotten that story.

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author avatar Kingwell
1st Jun 2015 (#)

Thank you Carol.Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
1st Jun 2015 (#)

Touching story, Kingwell. And the way you present it- AWESOME!

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author avatar Kingwell
1st Jun 2015 (#)

So pleased that you are enjoying it Joyesh. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Jun 2015 (#)

This story looks a fairy tale to me and very interesting too, thanks Kingwell. God was indeed holding our hands more than He does now. Now we are sort of left to fend for ourselves! siva

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author avatar Kingwell
1st Jun 2015 (#)

Hi Siva, It does seem that way but I think people got more stock in dreams back then. There was also a lot of superstition. Thanks for your thoughts. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
1st Jun 2015 (#)

Great as always, Kingwell. This took a lot of work. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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author avatar Kingwell
1st Jun 2015 (#)

Thanks Jessica. Blessings.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
2nd Jun 2015 (#)

Blessing son such great work, cheers Kingwell!

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author avatar Kingwell
2nd Jun 2015 (#)

Thank you Fern. Blessings.

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