We understood that Jacob was one of the most important people in the Bible, since through him the nation of Israel was formed, with the same name that was given to him. In addition, we realize the value of his story for us because the Most High reserved 25 chapters only in the book of Genesis to record every detail of his saga.
Today I’ll speak about the period in which Jacob spent alongside Laban in the land of Haran. This time worked as a preparatory school for the patriarch to become heir of the Divine Promise made to his father and grandfather.
Jacob had deceived Isaac, who was old and blind, so the Almighty One allowed him to live alongside someone who was clever, skillful, and experienced in the art of deceiving others. But unlike Isaac, Laban has his eyes wide open.
Look at how God acts. The deceiver had to experience the pain of being deceived and experiment his own poison. Therefore, no one better than Laban, a deceiver being used by God as a method of discipline from on High.
There, Jacob was exploited in order to marry Rachel, for her father’s proposal were seven years of servitude to pay the dowry, which her suitor did not have.
Jacob loved her so much that he did not see that as an exaggerated amount of time.
But to his surprise, his awaited wedding night was with a woman he had never desired.
You already know the story, lol. So there went another seven years to pay the Rachel’s dowry.
I believe that Jacob, in his fatigue, could even calm his heart in knowing that the wealth he was contributing for Laban, through his work, would come back to him. I say this because, according to the custom of that time, part of the dowry paid to the groom would return to the daughter, so that she would have some security in case of an emergency. But Laban didn’t even do this. He selfishly kept everything (Gen. 31.14-15).
During this time, even as a servant of Laban, Jacob worked for himself and prospered because of God’s blessing. However, his father-in-law, in seeing this, acted deceitfully and would change all the (verbal) contracts he made with his son-in-law. Jacob came to say his salary was changed ten times. According to studies, the word “ten” here doesn’t necessarily mean ten times, but an infinity of times. The word in this text expresses that the patriarch lost count of the amount of times he was defrauded by Laban.
Every day Jacob must have remembered the way he acted with his father and brother. He, who one day sowed deceit in Beersheba, went to reap in the distant Padan-aram for twenty years. Life is this way, sin has the power to follow those who were entangled by it.
In this story we also see that Laban made many mistakes, but Jacob made more. The father-in-law did not have the same upbringing as his son-in-law and the opportunity of having a faithful and fearful father to God to teach him the principles of faith. While Jacob was surrounded with affection and good examples. That’s why his correction should be up to par.
Notice that this is also the reason of the pains we go through. We don’t always see the bad seeds we sow and inevitably will have to reap.
And even if we are rebuked by God, we don’t always end up humbling ourselves to Him like we should.
Perhaps today as you read this text you are enrolled in “School of Haran” and have a bad teacher just like Laban. But there is a purpose behind it.
You have to know the righteous character of the Most High and analyze yourself as a person. This moment is for you to see your mistakes and repent.
And be patient, because if you gave your life to the Lord Jesus, heaven controls everything. Learn the necessary lessons and you won’t spend another day with Laban.
God Himself instructed Laban to depart from Haran, and also impeded Laban from doing him harm.
I’ll wait for you to continue meditating on Jacob.