Jacob has returned to Heram. Heram was where we first met Abraham (or Abram as he was called then). God had just told Abram to leave Haran and go to a new place, which we now know as Israel.
It’s interesting that Jacob was about the same age as his great-grandfather Abraham when he left Haran.
God told Abraham to leave, but his descendants found a way back even though it was around 400 miles away.
Sometimes as kids we say, “I’ll never be like my parents” . But as we grow up we find out what they where teaching us was for our own good,
There was a purpose for Jacob returning to Haran and even his uncle Laban.Jacob was there for quite a while. Not just a few days or even months. No he will be there for over 14 years!
Do you feel like you’re stuck in your job, or even where you live?
Maybe you desire to leave but every time you try an obstacle gets in the way and you just can’t.
Maybe God has a purpose for where you are, whether at your job or where you live. You see there is a purpose for where you are right now!
Jacob meets his future wife in Heram
Gen 29:9-12 9 Now while he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherdess. 10 And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother’s brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother’s brother, that Jacob went near and rolled the stone from the well’s mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother’s brother. 11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice and wept. 12 And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father’s relative and that he was Rebekah’s son. So she ran and told her father.
Here we see that Jacob is just like his mother, by watering the flock of his future wife and father-in-law Laban.
Remember Rebecca did the same thing when Abraham’s servant went to find a wife for Isaac.
• Gen 24:19 And when she had finished giving him a drink, she said, “I will draw water for your camels also, until they have finished drinking.”
We saw that Rebecca taught Jacob to be a servant, but she also taught him how to deceive others, even his own brother.
So what are you teaching your children?
Do you tell them not to go to so certain things or behave a certain way….but you do?
In Genesis 29 the deception comes once again. Laban convinces Jacob to work for the marriage of Rachel
Gen 29:15-20 15 Then Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my relative, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what should your wages be?” 16 Now Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 Leah’s eyes were delicate, but Rachel was beautiful of form and appearance. 18 Now Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, “I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter.” 19 And Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to another man. Stay with me.” 20 So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed only a few days to him because of the love he had for her.
Jacob deceived his father and in return he himself was deceived by Laban. Laban never told him about the custom they had of the first-born woman being married before any others. Jacob thought he was working for Rachel. In fact that was the agreement.
Jacob could not really argue with Laban, because he knew deception all to well himself.