Talks for Growing Christians
Jacob Heads for Home
Lesson Number 70
- God is concerned about the unfair treatment of His children.
- God can use the unfair treatment of His children to guide them.
- Your genes were packaged by God.
- Why did Laban’s and his sons attitudes change toward Jacob?
- Who stole the household idols, and why?
- Why was God concerned about the unfair treatment of Jacob?
- How did God use the unfair treatment of Jacob to guide him?
- What was the lesson concerning the animals in this story?
- Because Jacob became more and more prosperous.
- Rachel stole the household idols that belonged to her father. Household idols were often hand-held fertility idols and they were also used as title deeds for the property. Thus, her portion would be there when she needed it.
- God saw what Laban was doing to Jacob. He had changed his wages ten times and substituted Leah for Rachel after Jacob had served seven years for Rachel.
- God used it to guide Jacob to return to his home. He guided him with circumstances and the unfair dealings of Laban.
- God was controlling the packaging of genes in the animals; they were neither random nor controlled by man.
- When you are in a difficult situation, possibly being treated unfairly, do you try to vindicate yourself or do you let God deal with the problem?
- In retrospect, recall times that God guided you.
- God programmed you to be you, and as such, He has a special purpose for you. Are you seeking His will for your life? Are you using the gifts He has given you for His glory?
- “The Lord said to Jacob, ‘Return to the land of your fathers and to your family, and I will be with you.” Genesis 31:3
- “The Angel of God spoke to me saying, ‘Jacob.’ And I said, ‘Here I am.” And He said, ‘Lift your eyes now and see...I am the God of Bethel...where you made a vow to Me. Now arise, get out of the land, and return to the land of your family.” Genesis 31:11, 13
- “Rachel had stolen the household idols that were her father’s.” Genesis 31:19