Genesis 29 Soap Bible Study
Scripture: Genesis 29
Then Jacob hurried on, finally arriving in the land of the east. 2 He saw a well in the distance. Three flocks of sheep and goats lay in an open field beside it, waiting to be watered. But a heavy stone covered the mouth of the well.
3 It was the custom there to wait for all the flocks to arrive before removing the stone and watering the animals. Afterward the stone would be placed back over the mouth of the well. 4 Jacob went over to the shepherds and asked, “Where are you from, my friends?”
“We are from Haran,” they answered.
5 “Do you know a man there named Laban, the grandson of Nahor?” he asked.
“Yes, we do,” they replied.
6 “Is he doing well?” Jacob asked.
“Yes, he’s well,” they answered. “Look, here comes his daughter Rachel with the flock now.”
Thus began the 14 year trial of Jacob.Laban was a tricky guy who had met Jacob’s father’s servant previously.
Entertaining and welcoming other was no problem for him, yet he pulled a fast one on Jacob on his wedding night.
Jacob met Laban, and the introduction resulted in a breach of contract that they did not agree upon. Jacob was an upstanding man and followed through on his end of the deal. In the end, Jacob was blessed, as was all of the people in this story. Laban had 2 wedded daughters, Leah had 3 boys, and Jacob had Rachel…Rachel, however, was missing children. Soon to be fixed by God.
Honorable contracts have all of the terms agreed upon, with no quick switches involved. Being a man of His word surely would have left Laban blessed.
God – help me to honor my words, promises and ideas that I have spoken. Help me to live in integrity…and thank you, oh, thank you that I only have one daughter 😉