BSF Genesis: Week 22, Day 4

Today’s Scriptures

Questions:

10.
He took Jacob away from Rebekah to the land of her kin, where he lived and worked for 14 years.  Jacob lived in fear of returning because of the anger of his brother.  He toiled as a servant to earn his wives, even though his father had ample resources to provide sufficient means (as had been the case with Rebekah).

11.
make you fruitful and increase your numbers, community of peoples, give you and descendants the blessing given to Abraham to take possession of the promised land

My Daily Journal:

This may come up in the next couple of weeks’ lessons, but one of the things that struck me was that Jacob left with the blessing and little or nothing else.  He was sent back to Rebekah’s family to secure a wife.  But unlike the servant that was sent for Isaac, he didn’t go with 10 camels carrying jewelry and riches to bestow on the family or his future bride.

This struck me because it is one of the very difficult parts, in my opinion, of being a good parent.  You want to protect and provide for your children, but to mature in their faith it has to be “their faith” not the faith of their parents.  Mom and dad had plenty of resources they could have sent with Jacob.  Isaac had inherited all the wealth of Abraham in addition to the prosperity God had given him (100 fold yields on crops).  But, there came a time for Jacob to leave the tents he had been so content to hang around and he was sent on his way.  Evidently, he didn’t even get to take a pillow with him on his travels.

I don’t think this is throwing him into a sink or swim situation.  He wasn’t disowned or exiled.  But to become the nation he was to become he needed the challenge of making it on his own (with God’s help alone).

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