Friday, May 28, 2010
Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes on the book of Genesis. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses you through this material.
Take a few minutes to savor Genesis Chapter 30. Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations…
30:1 – Rachel begs for children. She doesn’t say “give me Jacob.” (Loved by God – Higgs) She cared more about showing her sister up than the fact that she had Jacob’s love. Rachel doesn’t have a relationship with the Lord while her sister, Leah, is deepening her relationship with Him.
30:4, 9 – what would possess a woman to give her husband another woman? Children were more important than fidelity.
30:9 – ancient law said that a wife would provide a servant for her husband if she didn’t bear a child in two years. Is this what she is doing, here? It had been more than two years! Leah already had 4 children!!!
30:15 – Who took whose husband? This family really has selective memory.
“The woman traded a night with her husband for a plant?!” (Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible – Higgs) To her credit, mandrake was supposed to increase fertility.
30:28 – Laban saying “name your wages” isn’t saying much.
30:36 – Jacob, his family and flocks moved out of Laban’s house.
30:37-42 – Why go through all of this meaningless hocus-pocus? Was he making fun of Laban and local customs or beliefs? Jacob admits that God controlled the outcome of this exercise in 31:9.
What attributes of God have you observed in your study today? How will this change your relationship with Him?