Bible study 31 – Genesis 31Posted: November 3, 2016
Having deceived his father-in-law’s out of most of his herd, Jacob keenly notes to his wives “I see that your father does not regard me as favorably as he did before.” He then presents a completely different course of events to them, claiming that he never did anything wrong and that it was God who gave him all the discoloured goats. But his claims must seem rather suspicious, as he right afterwards suggests they flee to Canaan with all their stolen possessions, without informing Laban.
Rachel, however, steals even more from Laban before they leave (some small, holy statues) and Laban pursues them. When Laban doesn’t find the statues in Jacob’s camp, Jacob exclaims: “What is my offense? What is my sin?” (which must ring very hollow to everyone involved). Then, Jacob and Laban make a covenant together, promising not to hurt each other or each other’s daughter-in-laws.