Genesis 31:43–50 (ESV)
Jacob Flees from Laban
43 Then Laban answered and said to Jacob, “The daughters are my daughters, the children are my children, the flocks are my flocks, and all that you see is mine. But what can I do this day for these
my daughters or for their children whom they have borne? 44 Come now, let us make a covenant, you and I. And let it be a witness between you and me.” 45 So
Jacob took a stone and set it up as a pillar. 46 And Jacob said to his kinsmen, “Gather stones.” And they took stones and made a heap, and they ate there by the heap. 47 Laban
called it Jegar-sahadutha, but Jacob called it Galeed. 48 Laban said, “This heap is a witness between you and me today.” Therefore he named it Galeed, 49 and
Mizpah, for he said, “The Lord watch between you and me, when we are out of one another’s sight. 50 If you oppress my daughters, or if you take wives besides my daughters, although no one is with
us, see, God is witness between you and me.”
It is interesting that Laban says “The
daughters are my daughters, the children are my children, the flocks are my flocks, and all that you see is mine.” I disagree! Everything Jacob has came from Laban and was in fact Laban’s! But they are no longer Laban’s,
they belong to Jacob. He earned them through 20 years of service. What was Laban’s is now Jacob’s. The daughters will still be his daughters, but they are Jacob’s wives. This goes back to the beginning of Genesis in
chapter 2:24 “24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” Neither man should be trusted, but they decide to make a binding covenant.
I pray: O Lord, you tell us to let our yes be yes, and our no be no. Help
me to honor you through my word and to tell the truth. Help me to walk according to your ways. I repent of my sins and give thanks for your son’s saving act on the cross. Amen.