Genesis 31:17–21 (ESV)
Jacob Flees from Laban (Part 3)
17 So Jacob arose and set his sons and his wives on camels.
18 He drove away all his livestock, all his property that he had gained, the livestock in his possession that he had acquired in Paddan-aram, to go to the land of Canaan to his father Isaac. 19 Laban
had gone to shear his sheep, and Rachel stole her father’s household gods. 20 And Jacob tricked Laban the Aramean, by not telling him that he intended to flee. 21 He fled with all that
he had and arose and crossed the Euphrates, and set his face toward the hill country of Gilead.
Jacob leaves without Laban’s knowledge… not even getting to say good bye to her. Jacob taking his large flock would also
be a quick sign that they were gone. But what will be a BIG issue is that Rachel stole her father’s household gods. This is another sign of spiritual problems in the family. One… the daughter willing to leave without saying good
bye. Two, the daughter steals from her father. And three, Laban who is supposed to be worshiping God… has other gods that he worships. I think of the Roman’s passage that says “for all have sinned and fall short of the
glory of God. (Rom. 3:23). We can look at Jacob, Rachel, and Laban and shake our heads at them… but we are no better. We are sinners in need of repentance. This is God’s plan of Salvation to bring forgiveness through Christ’s
life, and resurrection. We are all sinners and are in need of Jesus. He is our hope and salvation.
I pray: O Lord, I know I am a sinner and fall short of the glory of God. I repent and want to do better.
Forgive me and help me to cling to the faith you have given me. Amen.