Prayer-Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
33 So Laban went into Jacob's tent and into Leah's tent and into the tent of the two maidservants, but he found nothing. After he came out of Leah's tent, he entered Rachel's tent. 34 Now Rachel had taken the household gods and put them inside her camel's saddle and was sitting on them. Laban searched through everything in the tent but found nothing.
35 Rachel said to her father, "Don't be angry, my lord, that I cannot stand up in your presence; I'm having my period." So he searched but could not find the household gods.
36 Jacob was angry and took Laban to task. "What is my crime?" he asked Laban. "What sin have I committed that you hunt me down? 37 Now that you have searched through all my goods, what have you found that belongs to your household? Put it here in front of your relatives and mine, and let them judge between the two of us.
38 "I have been with you for twenty years now. Your sheep and goats have not miscarried, nor have I eaten rams from your flocks. 39 I did not bring you animals torn by wild beasts; I bore the loss myself. And you demanded payment from me for whatever was stolen by day or night. 40 This was my situation: The heat consumed me in the daytime and the cold at night, and sleep fled from my eyes. 41 It was like this for the twenty years I was in your household. I worked for you fourteen years for your two daughters and six years for your flocks, and you changed my wages ten times. 42 If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been with me, you would surely have sent me away empty-handed. But God has seen my hardship and the toil of my hands, and last night he rebuked you."
Jacob can play the guilt game with the best. He tells Laban that he is being rebuked by God for treating Jacob badly. Laban has been looking for his gods in Jacobs possessions, but Rachel had hidden them. Jacob did not know his wife had the objects, and was almost indignant.
He then defends his acts to his Father in-law. He tells him that the reason he feels anger is because he knows he treated Jacob and his family, (Laban’s own daughters,) badly. Yes, Laban did deceive Jacob. However, Rachel did steal her fathers gods, and if she would have been caught, she could have been killed-or worse.
Sometimes we tend to interpret things for people. We may think that God does things to punish our enemies, but maybe we are the reason for some of the bad things that happen.
Prayer-God, Help us be careful in everything we do. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Things to do Read Genesis 31:43-55. Ask why God has us reading this chapter.