Gen. 31.1-2 Blessing by Association
Gen. 31:1 “And he heard the words of
Laban's sons, saying, Jacob hath taken away all that was our father's;
and of that which was our father's hath he gotten all this glory. 2 And
Jacob beheld the countenance of Laban, and, behold, it was not toward
him as before.”
So long as Laban and his sons were
prospering at the labors of Jacob they were satisfied and supportive of
him and wanted him around. However, when the Lord begin to bless him
and they ceased prospering from his labors, their attitude toward him
changed. The sons acted as though Jacob had stolen the cattle from them
and their father. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact,
God was taking from Laban that which he had gathered through deceit and
giving it to Jacob who had been deceived and yet faithfully labored for
Laban and kept his end of the contracts that he had made with Laban.
How typical the above is with many of
God’s children. The world loves them so long as the world can prosper
from their labors. Once the prospering stops then the world will turn
upon them and act hatefully toward them.
So long as the Lord blessed Laban for
Jacob’s sake, then Laban wanted Jacob around. However, when the Lord
ceased blessing Laban for Jacob’s sake, his countenance toward Jacob
Gen. 31:3 “And the LORD said unto Jacob, Return unto the
land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee.
4 And Jacob sent and called Rachel and
Leah to the field unto his flock, 5 And said unto them, I see your
father's countenance, that it is not toward me as before; but the God of
my father hath been with me. 6 And ye know that with all my power I have
served your father. 7 And your father hath deceived me, and changed my
wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me. 8 If he said thus,
The speckled shall be thy wages; then all the cattle bare speckled: and
if he said thus, The ringstreaked shall be thy hire; then bare all the
cattle ringstreaked. 9 Thus God hath taken away the cattle of your
father, and given them to me. 10 And it came to pass at the time that
the cattle conceived, that I lifted up mine eyes, and saw in a dream,
and, behold, the rams which leaped upon the cattle were ringstreaked,
speckled, and grisled.
11 And the angel of God spake unto me in a
dream, saying, Jacob: And I said, Here am I. 12 And he said, Lift up now
thine eyes, and see, all the rams which leap upon the cattle are
ringstreaked, speckled, and grisled: for I have seen all that Laban
doeth unto thee. 13 I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the
pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto me: now arise, get thee out
from this land, and return unto the land of thy kindred.
14 And Rachel and Leah answered and said
unto him, Is there yet any portion or inheritance for us in our father's
house? 15 Are we not counted of him strangers? for he hath sold us, and
hath quite devoured also our money. 16 For all the riches which God hath
taken from our father, that is ours, and our children's: now then,
whatsoever God hath said unto thee, do.”
Jacob had gone to Padanaram at the
direction of his father and mother and while traveling along the way,
the Lord appeared to him in a dream and this was a life changing
experience for him. Jacob had vowed a vow unto the Lord: Gen. 28:20
“And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me
in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put
on, 21 So that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall
the LORD be my God: 22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar,
shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely
give the tenth unto thee.” God had honored his end of the vow and now
had instructed Jacob to return to his father’s house and that the Lord
would be with him.
Jacob went about explaining and convincing
his family that they needed to pack up and go to the land of Canaan.
First, he reminded them how that their father had turned against him and
how he had attempted to deceive him in wages ten times. He also pointed
out how that the LORD had interceded on his behalf and caused the cattle
to bear so that the young would be Jacob’s and his family. Finally,
Jacob told them about God instructing him in a dream to return to the
land of his kindred.
Rachel and Leah agreed with Jacob and
encouraged him that both he and his family would do whatsoever God had
said unto Jacob to do.