Welcome to my Hebrew reading & language series.
We rejoin our story today with Jacob telling his wives all that happened in his dealings with their father and how God came to him in a dream. We return to that conversation as Jacob tells them what God told him to do.
The women mulled it over and reasoned that their father had sold them, is treating them as foreigners, and is not planning to leave them anything as an inheritance. So they told Jacob to do all that God has instructed him to do.
The man has spent over twenty years dealing with Laban who has deceived him in every imaginable way. The beautiful thing about this part of the story is that God took notice saying, "I have seen all that Laban is doing to you..." and God took action to frustrate Laban's efforts to keep the lion's share, so to speak, of the flocks. I think Jacob now knows what it is like to be on the receiving end of deception and he might be ready to face his brother again.
I think we will also see the affects of the children growing up in a cheating atmosphere later in the story of the twelve tribes, that is, these same children of Jacob.
" 'I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar and made a vow to me. Now arise, go out from this land and return to the land of your kindred.' " Then Rachel and Leah answered and said to him, "Is there any portion or inheritance left to us in our father's house? Are we not regarded by him as foreigners? For he has sold us, and he has indeed devoured our money. All the wealth that God has taken away from our father belongs to us and to our children. Now then, whatever God has said to you, do."
The story continues next week as they leave with gods...
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