Genesis 31 R-Rated – Part 2
17 Then Jacob put his children and his wives on camels, 18 and he drove all his livestock ahead of him, along with all the goods he had accumulated in Paddan Aram, to go to his father Isaac in the land of Canaan. 19 When Laban had gone to shear his sheep, Rachel stole her father’s household gods.
19 When Laban had gone to shear his sheep, Rachel stole her father’s household gods.
That Rachel is just irritating the daylights out of me…that spoiled, vain, manipulativre, lying and greedy woman is now a thief as well!!!! Somehow she has become the worst villain of the story to me. Well, isn’t that interesting? Let’s see how the other characters line up in this chapter though.
• Jacob has carefully manipulated his dealings with Laban for many years to accumulate his wealth in flocks. Now we has sneaked away. Although how you could “sneak” with herds, camels, wives, children and supplies for a long journey is curious.
• Leah and Rachel have conspired against their father and justified it as OK because of Jacob’s God and their concern for the wealth that is “theirs.”
• Rachel steals from her dad and adds deceit and lying to her bag of tricks.
• Laban, who is no prince of a guy either, is now after them with revenge in mind.
I’m telling you this could be the TV series hit of the season…Real Housewives of Mesopotamia. (a title borrowed from Richard Dahlstrom.)
The next time you wonder how in the world God can work in our modern-day world with all it’s corruption and deceit, and the reality of today’s human flaws; reread this book. With all their flaws these people are in the Bible for a reason. Remember this is really God’s story of how he can work with the people he’s got and still build a Kingdom. Amazing when you think of it. We are the modern-day versions of the characters in this story. We’ve got more cash and better transportation but there are too many similarities for our own good. Here’s the grand finale; God has given us his Book, his Son and his Spirit to make it possible for us to risk taking our own long journey, with all our baggage, though what sometimes seems to be the desert of daily life.