MON. JULY 11 | SOAP DEVOTIONAL | GENESIS 30 – ROBERT HERNANDEZ HOST

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Genesis 30

When Rachel saw that she was not bearing Jacob any children, she became jealous of her sister. So she said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I’ll die!”

Jacob became angry with her and said, “Am I in the place of God, who has kept you from having children?”

Then she said, “Here is Bilhah, my servant. Sleep with her so that she can bear children for me and I too can build a family through her.”

So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife. Jacob slept with her, and she became pregnant and bore him a son. Then Rachel said, “God has vindicated me; he has listened to my plea and given me a son.” Because of this she named him Dan.[a]

Rachel’s servant Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son.Then Rachel said, “I have had a great struggle with my sister, and I have won.” So she named him Naphtali.[b]

When Leah saw that she had stopped having children, she took her servant Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife. 10 Leah’s servant Zilpah bore Jacob a son. 11 Then Leah said, “What good fortune!”[c] So she named him Gad.[d]

12 Leah’s servant Zilpah bore Jacob a second son. 13 Then Leah said, “How happy I am! The women will call me happy.” So she named him Asher.[e]

14 During wheat harvest, Reuben went out into the fields and found some mandrake plants, which he brought to his mother Leah. Rachel said to Leah, “Please give me some of your son’s mandrakes.”

15 But she said to her, “Wasn’t it enough that you took away my husband? Will you take my son’s mandrakes too?”

“Very well,” Rachel said, “he can sleep with you tonight in return for your son’s mandrakes.”

16 So when Jacob came in from the fields that evening, Leah went out to meet him. “You must sleep with me,” she said. “I have hired you with my son’s mandrakes.” So he slept with her that night.

17 God listened to Leah, and she became pregnant and bore Jacob a fifth son. 18 Then Leah said, “God has rewarded me for giving my servant to my husband.” So she named him Issachar.[f]

19 Leah conceived again and bore Jacob a sixth son. 20 Then Leah said, “God has presented me with a precious gift. This time my husband will treat me with honor, because I have borne him six sons.” So she named him Zebulun.[g]

21 Some time later she gave birth to a daughter and named her Dinah.

22 Then God remembered Rachel; he listened to her and enabled her to conceive. 23 She became pregnant and gave birth to a son and said, “God has taken away my disgrace.” 24 She named him Joseph,[h] and said, “May the Lord add to me another son.”

Jacob’s Flocks Increase

25 After Rachel gave birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Send me on my way so I can go back to my own homeland. 26 Give me my wives and children, for whom I have served you, and I will be on my way. You know how much work I’ve done for you.”

27 But Laban said to him, “If I have found favor in your eyes, please stay. I have learned by divination that the Lord has blessed me because of you.”28 He added, “Name your wages, and I will pay them.”

29 Jacob said to him, “You know how I have worked for you and how your livestock has fared under my care. 30 The little you had before I came has increased greatly, and the Lord has blessed you wherever I have been. But now, when may I do something for my own household?”

31 “What shall I give you?” he asked.

“Don’t give me anything,” Jacob replied. “But if you will do this one thing for me, I will go on tending your flocks and watching over them: 32 Let me go through all your flocks today and remove from them every speckled or spotted sheep, every dark-colored lamb and every spotted or speckled goat. They will be my wages. 33 And my honesty will testify for me in the future, whenever you check on the wages you have paid me. Any goat in my possession that is not speckled or spotted, or any lamb that is not dark-colored, will be considered stolen.”

34 “Agreed,” said Laban. “Let it be as you have said.” 35 That same day he removed all the male goats that were streaked or spotted, and all the speckled or spotted female goats (all that had white on them) and all the dark-colored lambs, and he placed them in the care of his sons. 36 Then he put a three-day journey between himself and Jacob, while Jacob continued to tend the rest of Laban’s flocks.

37 Jacob, however, took fresh-cut branches from poplar, almond and plane trees and made white stripes on them by peeling the bark and exposing the white inner wood of the branches. 38 Then he placed the peeled branches in all the watering troughs, so that they would be directly in front of the flocks when they came to drink. When the flocks were in heat and came to drink,39 they mated in front of the branches. And they bore young that were streaked or speckled or spotted. 40 Jacob set apart the young of the flock by themselves, but made the rest face the streaked and dark-colored animals that belonged to Laban. Thus he made separate flocks for himself and did not put them with Laban’s animals. 41 Whenever the stronger females were in heat, Jacob would place the branches in the troughs in front of the animals so they would mate near the branches, 42 but if the animals were weak, he would not place them there. So the weak animals went to Laban and the strong ones to Jacob. 43 In this way the man grew exceedingly prosperous and came to own large flocks, and female and male servants, and camels and donkeys.

Devotional

 

Genesis 30
Well the soap opera continues between the sisters. Rachel is not conceiving and she lashes out in anger at Jacob like it’s his fault. Rachel is letting her emotions take control. She is jealous and envious of Leah having children and demands that Jacob give her children. He reminds her that no one but God can allow her that blessing. Much like the story of Abraham and Sarah, out of frustration she gives her servant Bilhah to Jacob so she will get pregnant and allow Rachel to have a baby.  Again we see history repeating itself.
Each sister wanting what the other sister has. Leah wanting true love from Jacob and Rachel wanting the children Leah was blessed to have. So Rachel‘s servant Bilhah  gets pregnant and the baby competition begins. Now Leah offers up her servant Zilpah.  These women continue using their children as pawns in this game of chess as the power struggle continues at home. All because of jealousy and not being satisfied with the blessings they already have. If these two women would only stop looking to how God deals with others and just focus their eyes on him, life would be so much easier. God has sovereignty over wombs. Time and time again we see that children are a blessing from God but we also see how he opens and closes the wombs of many women in the Bible. Abraham and Sarah, Issac and Rebecca, now Leah and Rachel… and other women as we get further into the Bible like Hannah. The ultimate conception coming from Mary in the birth of Jesus.
By now Jacob is like I’m over this… I’m done. I need to get back to the land that God promised me through the covenant of Abraham. So he makes an agreement with Laban regarding the flocks of sheep and goats and they’re separated according to speckled, spotted and black sheep vs all white sheep. Remember Jacob comes from a line of cattle and sheep breeders, he knows what he’s doing.  He also has a shrewd, selective breeding procedure that strengthens the vitality of his flock (we’ll find out how he came up with this idea tomorrow… the cliffhanger) 😉
God blessed Jacob because of the covenant made to Abraham and he became exceedingly prosperous. In the same way blessings come to us not because we are good are great but because of the covenant God made with us through Jesus and the promises he has given us in His word. Jacob gives us some principles on prosperity.
1) Don’t make wealth your goal.
vs 25-26
2) Don’t be afraid to work for others so that you increase their wealth and yours.
vs 27
3) Work hard and dedicate yourself to your employers success
31:38-42
4)  Trust God.
vs 31-32
Papa H said this morning, “even in the messes of life God blesses”
God blesses Jacob not because of who Jacob is but because of who God is. The same goes for us. 😇
So today… don’t let your emotions get in the way!
Also: Let’s try to steer away from that green monster of jealousy and focus on God and enjoy the blessings we already have.
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