Genesis 31:22–24 (ESV)
Jacob flees from Laban (Part 4)
22 When it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob had fled, 23 he took his kinsmen with him and pursued him for seven days and followed close after
him into the hill country of Gilead. 24 But God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream by night and said to him, “Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.”
Laban, in his own eyes has a right to be upset with Jacob. But Jacob’s behavior is also a mirror of Laban’s own behavior. He pursues Jacob, but
God comes to Laban in a dream and states “Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.” Luther states: “In your heart you have thought up a huge mass of accusations and charges to vomit out against him. But I order you
not only to keep your hands off him but not to offend him even by a word” (AE 6:39). I must admit, how can we point fingers at other people’s actions when our own actions are sinful?
I pray: O Lord, help me to share the grace and mercy that you have given me. You have forgiven me and restored
me. Help me to “forgive those who have sinned against me.” Amen.
Engelbrecht, E. A. (2009). The
Lutheran Study Bible (p. 65). St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House.