Saturday, April 14, 2012

April 14: Genesis 30

Today's reading in our daily plan is Genesis 30. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • The beginning of this chapter sounds very familiar, doesn’t it? Rachel and Jacob can’t have children and so Rachel gives her maid to Jacob to have a child with. But then Leah did the same thing.
  • Wow, this is really getting crazy. And people say reading the Bible is boring? Then Rachel gives her night to be with Jacob to Leah for some fruit (guess Jacob wasn’t such a great catch). But this wasn’t how God wanted to bless them. God allowed Rachel to have a child of her own and she named him Joseph. We’ll read more of him later.
  • The chapter ends with some odd herding practices by Jacob that apparently worked and made him very wealthy.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • This chapter should remind us to always trust in God and his timing. Rachel and Leah and Jacob tried to take things in their own hands but God had another plan. 

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • God’s plan is always perfect and in perfect timing. We just need to trust him. What do you need to trust God with today?