Jacob and Laban’s Daughters

Genesis 29:1-30

In our society today, we have scientists who look for animals that are extinct. We also have archeologists who look for old artifacts that will prove certain things about our history. However, there is no one that looks for the things in life that have faded away and are no longer practiced, like love.

The reasons for stating that you love someone in our society today have changed.

Now that we have colleges that focus our careers on one certain area of expertise, the climb up the corporate ladder has become our focus and has changed how most people look at their lives. Most people work 70-80 hours per week and some work even more. However, there is one thing to remember, it is not the colleges that are changing the marriages today, it is the greedy expectation that the higher learning will bring a larger paycheck. The thing that gives you the higher paycheck is the number of hours that you work. Because the man and woman work so many hours, they don’t have time to properly date and get to know one another.

During the riots and demonstrations in the 1960s, the world adapted a motto of “practice love, not war.” Unfortunately, the love they were talking about was sex, not love.

When it comes to marriage today, society has changed the wedding ceremony and now couples write their own promises and vows. The vows do not contain the promises of fidelity they once did. The cost of the wedding today has climbed to an unusually high cost. The prices have soared and range from an average of $175.00 (per guest) in Alabama to $356.00 (per guest) in Hawaii.

The reasons for getting married today are a large variety of things.

  1. It is the next logical step.
  2. It is the next step in the corporate ladder.
  3. We both like all the same things.
  4. We just don’t have time for the dating scene.
  5. We just want to enjoy each other, we don’t need a piece of paper

I am sure you could probably multiply this list by 100 and you would still not get them all. But when you look at things through God’s eyes, the reason for getting married is the same today as it was the day, He created Adam and Eve, Love.

What we are going to look at today is not a feeling a couple has about each other, but a life of helping each other. Love has always been spread over a life together.

The scripture we are using is about How Jacob came to have both Leah and Rachael, who are sisters, as his wives.

When this scripture took place, the way to get a wife was to barter her from her father. Laban was Leah and Rachael’s father. Jacob had taken a job tending the fields and caring for the flock. When he had been there a short while, he met Rachael and they fell in love.

To do the right thing, Jacob approached Laban and promised to tend the fields and flocks for 7 years in exchange for Rachael for his wife. The marital ceremonies would take place in the presence of Laban.

During the time this took place, it was customary for the woman to build a hut for the couple to live in after the consummation of their affections. You see, the only ceremony God cares about takes place in the heart.

Jacob loved Rachael so much, 7 years would be a short time.

When the 7 years were up, Jacob was told by Laban that when he finished work, he could join his new wife in the hut that she had built.

Laban knew that if he allowed his youngest daughter to marry first, he would take the chance that his older daughter would never be married. It would look to others that he loved the youngest daughter the most and would do the most for her.

When Jacob woke in the morning and looked beside him, there was Leah, not Rachael.

Holding back his contempt for Laban, Jacob went to him and demanded the opportunity to have Rachael for his wife. He and Laban came to a compromise. Jacob would work another 7 years for Rachael, and he would keep both daughters for his wives. Both Rachael and Laban agreed. Jacob worked the 7 years and received Rachael as his wife also.

Jacob set an example that should still inspire us today. He had every right to be angry and probably was a little. But what he did proved his love for Rachael. Jacob forgave Laban for deceiving him and that allowed him to be open to the compromise and allowed him to have what he really wanted in the end.

Even today, we as Christians can turn to this scripture when people take money or damage our belongings or even insult or embarrass us in public. Without the forgiveness that removed the contempt and anger from Jacob’s heart, there would have been no room for the love he had for Rachael, and in the end the love for Leah also.

“Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath,

 nor give place to the devil.

Ephesians 4:26-27 (NKJV)

We can see that Jacob and Rachael had reason to be angry, but that didn’t give them the right to sin. If they had dwelled on the deceit given them by Laban, they would have allowed malice to enter their hearts and that would lead to sin. Instead they both chose to get rid of the anger through forgiveness. Once we forgive someone for what they have done to us or to others around us, it gives us the opportunity to love that person as well as others.

It doesn’t matter whether you look at this situation through the eyes of Jacob, Leah or Rachael, the answer is still the same, Forgiveness is the prelude to love.

Another thing we must remember is that someone else may not be the person that needs the forgiveness, sometimes we are required to forgive ourselves for one reason or the other. A bad thought about someone is not a sin, but if we allow that thought to become contempt in our heart, then we must forgive them. Remember, for God to forgive us, we must first forgive others.

To have God’s Love in our heart, we must forgive at least once each day.

Sacrificing Isaac

How much do you love God? Would you sacrifice one of your children for God?

Genesis 22:1-14

Due to the circumstances that surround us today, this scripture may seem like it doesn’t apply, but it does. We are living in very trying times. Due to the Covid-19; people are having to make one decision after another.

Today we are going to look at how we can make decisions that please God as much as this incident did.

8  And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.

Genesis 22:8 (NKJV)

The story contained in this scripture reading is love. Not only the love from God to Abraham, and the faith in God that Abraham had, but also the love that Abraham had for God. This story of love is overly complicated and most people who call themselves Christians, would fail miserably when it came to the faith and degree of love we should give to God.

Notice that, before they went up the mountain, Abraham had faith that God would furnish the lamb for sacrifice. The faith that Abraham had would not move the mountain, however, this faith convinced God of His love for Him.

Because of the pandemic, many people have lost their jobs and are depending on others to survive. Bills are piling up and they are in a panic mode. Don’t worry, if we are honest with each other, we have all been in this predicament.

What we have to ask ourselves is not what we would do in this predicament, what we need to look at is our heart and make sure we have enough faith in God to sacrifice a good job that would make us work on Sunday, because of our Love for God. We also need to look and see what God has put in our path that would make this decision a good one. God will always give us something better than what we think would be good for us.

When we look for a job, we are looking for something that will pay a high wage. We want to make a lot of money so we can do the things the Jones family does. We want people to look up to us like they do the Murphy’s after they bought that new car. What we want is the money.

When God choses something for us, He looks at what we need. God knows about the pandemic that will happen in the future. God knows about the house fire that will happen six months from now. God knows about the accident that will happen to your child at school. God looks at what you need now and what you will need in the future.

How much do you love God? Do you love Him enough to do what ever He tells you to do? Do you love God enough to not sin?

As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

John 15:9-10 (NKJV)

Notice that Jesus didn’t tell us to keep the commandments while we were at church; He didn’t tell us to keep the commandments while we were at work, Christ wants us to keep the commandments from the time we wake up in the morning until we go to sleep at night. If we can do that, we will show Christ that we love Him.

How many commandments are in the bible? I can’t tell you the exact number, but I can tell you that there are far more than ten. The only way you will be able to know the commandments you have to follow is by studying the bible. Look on the bright side. If you study the bible every day from the time you get home until the time you go to sleep, you won’t have time to sin and your love for God and Christ will grow so much stronger.

There are actually teachers and preachers that will tell you that once you are saved, you can do anything you want to do, and God will forgive you. Do not try it, it won’t work.

Abraham had always done what God asked him to do. God had also determined that all of the descendants of Abraham would do the same.

And God said to Abraham: “As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations.”

Genesis 17:9 (NKJV)

How can we follow the commandments of God that were given thousands of years ago? They didn’t have all the debt that we have today. They didn’t have the diseases we have today, they didn’t have to travel like we do today, they didn’t have to drive across the country to visit relatives like we do today. A donkey didn’t cost thousands of dollars like the car. Things just weren’t the same back then.

Now that you have tried using all the old worn out excuses there are, let’s look at the reality of the subject. God would never tell you to do something you can’t do, and it doesn’t matter whether you drive a donkey or an SUV.

The descendants of Abraham were given a set of laws and ritual readings they were to follow and perform.

Christianity is not under the law. However, we do still have to follow the commandments that are totally separate from the law. Judaism is a religion; Christianity is a way of life. We are given the word of God and we are also given something that wasn’t given to the Jews. We, as Christians, are given the Holy Spirit to guide us. God is living in our hearts. He is there to instruct us 24/7.

The problem with most Christians is that they don’t listen. If we need guidance on what to do in a certain situation, God is there to guide us, the problem is that we don’t listen when He tells us what to do.

Study the bible and ask God to help you. If you do then God will know that you love him and will have no need to test you like He tested Abraham.

How much do you love God? Would you sacrifice one of your children for God?

The First Wedding

Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

18 And the LORD God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”
19 Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name.
20 So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.
21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place.
22 Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.
23 And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.”
24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

Genesis 2:18-25 (NKJV)

During this pandemic, there are husbands and wives that have separated themselves from their families because they are doctors and nurses and do not wish to infect their families by accident because they carried the virus home in their clothing. These people are doing this by choice and because of their love for their families.

In the beginning of the world, man was alone, and it was God’s love that came forward. In Genesis 1:15, God stated that man was alone and needed a helper. It was because God loved His creation, “man,” and did not want him to be alone. God didn’t just create a woman in the same manner He created man, He put the man to sleep and use a rib from the man to create his mate. God wanted the man and woman to always be a part of each other. The man and woman had been joined together in such a way; they could never be parted.

Even today, it is still God’s will for each man to take one wife is the same manner as the first man and woman were joined.

It wasn’t the physical joining that made the love of Adam and Eve so special. Notice that it was God who was concerned; it was God’s Love for man that caused Him to be concerned. It was God that loved first, and he demonstrated to man just how to love.

There are a few marriages today that have lasted many years. If you look at these marriages, you will see that at least one of the two people was a Christian when they were married, and the other spouse became a Christian later.

Mankind on its own has no hope of putting together a marriage that will last a lifetime. It takes God and His love to accomplish that.

The same is true for salvation. Even after we receive the Holy Spirit and we have God living in us, there is still a struggle to not sin. Paul talked about his struggle with temptation in the 7th chapter of Romans. Just as Paul was able to conquer his struggle with sin, you can too if you use your love for God just as Paul did.

Faith can move mountains, but it takes the Love of God to conquer the temptation of sin. Faith just keeps us in good favor with God.

If we want to make it through this pandemic, we must remember the love God expressed toward man in the beginning of the world. This is the same love that God has for His people today. God loves the world (John 3:16) But it is the love God gives His people that will break the pandemic and help us to live the way God wants us to live.

I’m sure that after we start going back to church, there will be heretics that will blame God for this bad time just to play on the sympathy of the weaker members of the church to attempt to get more money from them. Remember the Love God had for Adam and ask yourself if God would try to destroy any man or women for his own gain. No!!

It was not God that caused this to happen, because God has never sinned. If He tried to destroy man (even evil men) the act would cause God to break his own commandments and that would be sin. God cannot sin.

Remember, God does not have a magic wand that He uses to do His work. God has disciples like you and me for that. God only directs people and leads His disciples in the way He wants them to go. It is up to the disciple to listen for God to speak and then we must act on what God tells us to do.

It has already been stated that when this is over, there will be a new normal. This new normal is for each person to adapt to. When you are looking for your new normal, study God’s word and allow Him to show you what that new normal should be.


2 Timothy 3:16-17

In the following weeks we are going to follow the Christian life of a man from the age of 16, until he goes to meet his Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus. We will learn how this man’s life is governed by the Bible and not by what he heard someone say.

During this journey we will learn some of the key terms dealing with Christians and how we are supposed to live. The big difference is, we are going to go strictly by what God’s word says and not the word of man. Yes, we will use reference books and we will use sermon notes, but not as the final authority. The final authority is the Word of God, Jesus the Christ

In the following paragraphs are some definitions that are crucial to understanding the bible and how God expects us to use the Word contained in the Bible in our daily dealings with the world. You should memorize these words and their meanings. Allow these words to govern how you study and perceive the bible.

I promise that I will try to make this the only truly technical page in the blog

16  All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
17  that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)

The definition of the word “scripture” is “the sacred writings of Christianity contained in the Bible.” One thing we must remember is that all scripture in the Old Testament will lead to a commentary in the New Testament.

The definition of the word “commentary” is “an expression of opinions or offering of an explanation about an event or situation.

The definition of the word “reproof” is “an expression of blame or disapproval.

The definition of the word “correction” is “the action or process of correcting something.”

The definition of the word “instruction” is “detailed information telling how something should be done, operated, or assembled.

The definition of the word “Righteousness” is “the quality of being morally right or justifiable.

The definition of the word “complete” is “to make whole or perfect.

The biblical definition of the word “good” is “possessing or displaying moral virtue.

Remember, we must live “in” the word and make a living for our family. Therefore, we must obey the laws of the world (United States/ Our State) unless they are in direct conflict with God’s law. We do not have to live “of” the world, nor should we “follow” their way of life.

This does not indicate in any way that we must not drive cars, watch tv, or do other things that some un-knowing people say are sinful. We will approach these things as we watch this man walk through this world and keep his Christian values.

I hope you enjoy this blog as much as I enjoy writing it. I also hope you learn as much as I will as I study and gather details to write the blog. Amen!