Saturday, May 11, 2013

Genesis 29

Today's reading in our daily plan is Genesis 29. 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?)
  • Jacob travelled to where his family was from and falls in love with Rachel. Jacob agrees to work for Rachel's father Laban for seven years to earn Rachel's hand in marriage.
  • Laban tricks Jacob and gives him his older daughter, Leah, in marriage. Somehow Jacob was unaware of this trick until the morning after he had consummated the marriage. 
  • Jacob agrees to work for another seven years for free if he would finally get to marry Rachel. Then Jacob loved Rachel more than Leah even though Leah bore him four sons.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Jacob demonstrates what love looks like by the sacrifices he made for Rachel and how much he was going through to pursue her.
  • In his past Jacob has deceived others and now he gets a taste of his own medicine when Laban deceives him. 
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • If you're married, how are you doing at loving your spouse? What sacrifices are you making? What are you doing to pursue your spouse (even if you already have your spouse)? What could you do this week?
  • Do you sometimes deceive others? Where are you tempted to deceive others to get what you want? Commit to a life of honesty.