Genesis 31 : Jacob Runs Off

July 1, 2023 ·

Jacob becomes aware that Laban and his sons no longer hold him in favor. After receiving guidance from God and discussing the situation with his wives, Jacob decides to flee Laban’s presence, taking all his belongings with him to the hill country of Gilead. Notably, Rachel secretly takes her father’s idols along with her.

When Laban discovers Jacob’s departure, he pursues him and eventually catches up to him in the hill country of Gilead. God warns Laban to choose his words carefully when speaking to Jacob. Laban confronts Jacob, questioning why he left in a secretive manner and accusing him of stealing the idols. Jacob denies the accusation and allows Laban to search through all his possessions, unaware that Rachel is sitting on the idols to conceal them.

After this incident, Jacob vents his frustrations at Laban, and they eventually reach a mutual agreement and make a pact of goodwill with each other. Laban then returns to his own home.

Key verse: 

50. If you oppress my daughters, or if you take wives besides my daughters, although no one is with us, see, God is witness between you and me.

My thoughts:
Rachel, not yet fully detached from her pagan upbringing, recognizes some significance in her father’s idols, leading her to steal them without Jacob’s knowledge. The portrayal of women in Genesis does not present them as innocent, as both Rebekah and Rachel display deceptive tendencies.

After spending twenty years in the service of Laban, Jacob remains separated from his father, Isaac. Paddan Aram was never intended to be Jacob’s final destination, and God now prompts him to return to the land of Canaan, the land that God had promised to him.

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