February 12, 2019

COVENANT BETWEEN JACOB AND LABAN

Laban pursued Jacob when he was told that Jacob fled and he overtook them in the mount Gilead. Because God warned him in a dream not to speak to Jacob good or bad, he asked him “What have you done, that you have stolen away unknown to me, and carried away my daughters like captives taken with the sword?  Why did you flee away secretly, and steal away from me, and not tell me; for I might have sent you away with joy and songs, with timbrel and harp?   And you did not allow me to kiss my sons and my daughters. Now you have done foolishly in so doing. It is in my power to do you harm, but the God of your father spoke to me last night, saying, ‘Be careful that you speak to Jacob neither good nor bad.’   And now you have surely gone because you greatly long for your father’s house, but why did you steal my gods?” Then Jacob answered and said to Laban, “Because I was afraid, for I said, ‘Perhaps you would take your daughters from me by force.’   With whomever you find your gods, do not let him live. In the presence of our brethren, identify what I have of yours and take it with you.” For Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen them.(Genesis 31:27-32)

With all the number of years Jacob spent with Laban, and also considering the fact that Jacob was now his son in law, yet he said he had the power to do them harm, but for God of his father that spoke to him. God is always coming through with His children. God already promised Jacob He would always be with him and thus he warned Laban in his dream. God did also warn kings during the time of Abraham and Isaac. God is faithful to His promises. When Laban could do nothing to stop him from going back to his father’s house, he decided to make a covenant with him. The Bible says “ And Laban answered and said to Jacob, “These daughters are my daughters, and these children are my children, and this flock is my flock; all that you see is mine. But what can I do this day to these my daughters or to their children whom they have borne?  Now therefore, come, let us make a covenant, you and I, and let it be a witness between you and me.”  So Jacob took a stone and set it up as a pillar.   Then Jacob said to his brethren, “Gather stones.” And they took stones and made a heap, and they ate there on the heap. Laban called it Jegar Sahadutha, .but Jacob called it Galeed.   And Laban said, “This heap is a witness between you and me this day.” Therefore its name was called Galeed, also Mizpah, because he said, “May the Lord watch between you and me when we are absent one from another.   If you afflict my daughters, or if you take other wives besides my daughters, although no man is with us—see, God is witness between you and me!”  Then Laban said to Jacob, “Here is this heap and here is this pillar, which I have placed between you and me.   This heap is a witness, and this pillar is a witness, that I will not pass beyond this heap to you, and you will not pass beyond this heap and this pillar to me, for harm.   The God of Abraham, the God of Nahor, and the God of their father judge between us.” And Jacob swore by the Fear of his father Isaac. Then Jacob offered a sacrifice on the mountain, and called his brethren to eat bread. And they ate bread and stayed all night on the mountain.   And early in the morning Laban arose, and kissed his sons and daughters and blessed them. Then Laban departed and returned to his place. (Genesis 31:44-55).

The covenant that was made between them sealed the matter permanently, so that each can proceed on his journey, Laban returned to his home and Jacob continued on his journey to his father’s house. If covenant between men can be this powerful, what about the covenant God made with his people. From the beginning of Genesis, we have witnessed so many covenants that God initiated between Himself and his people–from Noah, to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. All these covenants are permanent promises of God and none of them has ever failed. This is the reason why the Bible was written for us to know the immutability of God. God of Abraham is the same God that sent His only begotten Son for Him to die for us so that we can live. This is the new covenant that, whosoever believed in Jesus Christ, would be saved, for His blood can make the vilest sinners clean. The name of Jesus has been given to us to call upon anytime, anywhere, and in whatever difficulty we find ourselves in. Jesus Christ is the SAVIOR of the world.

Therefore brothers and sisters, call upon him today and He will answer you. Delight in his word, and He will bring the desires of your heart to pass. May the LORD make His face to shine upon us and make our ways prosperous in Jesus name, Amen. God bless you all.

 

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