Being Transformed . . .
. . . Genesis 32: 24-32
This Sunday, we are continuing our study of Jacob's transformation from the cheater he was when he fled from his father Isaac's home in mortal fear of his brother Esau, from whom he had stolen his birthright . . . to a man worthy of becoming the father of the 12 tribes of Israel. There have been many twists and turns in Jacob's life during his more than twenty-year absence from his homeland.
Remember, Jacob's mother Rebekah told Jacob to flee to her brother Laban's home in Haran, some 550-miles distant. In Haran, Jacob fell in love with his cousin Rachel, Laban's daughter, but he was deceived by Laban who substituted his older daughter Leah . . . for Jacob on his wedding night after Jacob had worked seven years for Rachel's hand in marriage. The next morning, Jacob confronted Laban, who agreed to allow Jacob to also marry Rachel, if he would work another seven years for him.
Paul covered Jacob's situation well in Galatians 6:7 (NIV) "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows."
Laban managed to extract another 6-years of hard labor from Jacob before Jacob decided to flee taking his two wives, 13 children, numerous servants, and lots of livestock with him on the long journey to his homeland. Laban chased after Jacob with numerous servants and finally confronted him in Mizpah. After several tense exchanges, Laban and Jacob negotiated a truce.
Next, Jacob had to devise a strategy to deal with his brother, Esau, who was headed to meet him with 400 men. You need to read the lesson to discover how his encounter with Esau turned out. Even more interesting is the incident covered in the lesson that clearly demonstrated that Jacob was transformed from "he who cheats" to "he struggles with God."
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