Talks for Growing Christians
Laban Pursues Jacob; God Protects Jacob
Lesson Number 71
- Believers are guaranteed God’s protection when they are doing God’s will.
- Believers are not guaranteed smooth sailing when they are doing God’s will.
- Be careful about making rash statements.
- When Jacob decided to return home, he didn’t tell Laban that he was going. Why?
- What were the idols and why were they so important?
- How does God protect those who are doing His will?
- Since God had told Jacob to return home, was it an easy trip?
- What rash statement did Jacob make?
- Because Jacob was the key to Laban’s prosperity, so Laban wouldn’t like it if Jacob left.
- These small, hand-held female doll-like images were thought to bring blessing and fertility. Also, they were used as title deeds to the property.
- Part of God’s protective system is the use of guardian angels. Also, circumstances, dreams and common sense are included.
- No. Besides the logistics of getting there and the opposition from Laban, there were other challenges common to most journeys.
- See Genesis 31:32. He said that with whomever Laban found the idols, that person should be put to death. He was unaware that his wife, Rachel, had stolen the idols.
- If we are promised God’s protection when we are doing His will, why do some of His servants suffer accidents, illness, and even martyrdom?
- When problems, obstacles and criticism by fellow believers occur in your ministry, does that mean that you are out of God’s will?
- Have you ever made a rash statement and regretted it? Did you learn a lesson here?
- “God had come to Laban in a dream by night, and said, ‘Be careful how you speak to Jacob.”
- “Laban said, ‘It is in my power to do you harm, but the God of your father spoke to me.” Genesis 31:29
- “Why did you steal my gods?’ ‘Because I was afraid.” Genesis 31:30-31
- “Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen them.” Genesis 31:32