PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Genesis 28-30
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“In this way Jacob grew exceedingly prosperous… (Genesis 30:30?)
This scene is comical – vaudeville – and yet it is sad too.
Rachel and Leah scrambling to have babies, bartering bed time and mandrakes.
Imagine this in fast-forward, and poor Jacob bouncing between these women.
And the kids being named in ways that add insult to injury to the other woman.
And then there is Jacob and his superstitious sticks, and Laban tricking him back.
Our silly, foolish ways, trying to get ahead in this sad, mixed up world.
God must have a sense of humour to work with us… but God is also patient and kind.
He multiplies Jacob’s family and wealth to fulfill His mission to bless all people.
He works out His plan of kingdom restoration through His flawed, odd people.
Believe it or not, Jesus asks me and you to help Him with His mission.
He accepts our gifts and best efforts, and our weaknesses, excuses and follies.
These chapters remind me to see the humour and sadness of my own life.
I’ve tried to do some good things, but I’ve also done some pretty stupid things.
Let these odd stories from the bible both humble and give us hope: Jesus uses us too!
Lord, thank You for Your patience and Your sense of humour, as well as Your willingness to work through me. Help me not to take myself too seriously, but to take You very seriously!