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The content of this passage reflects the significance of Jacob’s encounter with the living God at Bethel. Prior to that experience Jacob had been fleeing from Esau and now he shows a new purpose and determination in life. He moves north and east, following the Fertile Crescent, on a journey of 450 miles into Mesopotamia (vv. 1-4). He goes to the land where his grandfather Abraham had come from some 150 years before. Up to this point Jacob had always been the big man, the son of a wealthy and influential leader and a man with many servants. Suddenly everything is different as he is now an outsider and a stranger among men who has no use for him. He has learned what God is like at Bethel and now he is about to learn what man is like at Haran.
It is significant how Jacob’s meeting of Rachel parallels his father’s meeting of Rebekah. You could say that it was love at first sight. It happens at a well near Haran, where his uncle Laban lived (v. 5). Laban was a squeezing, grasping, clutching, covetous tight wad of a sinner. Jacob meets Rachael at a well just as Abraham’s servant Eleazar did many years before as he was looking for a wife for Isaac (v. 6). The timing was the work of a sovereign God leading all the way (24:27).
When Rachel arrives at the well with her flocks Jacob moves in and rolls the stone away and begins to water his cousin’s flocks (vv. 7-12). The description of the size of the rock needs to be noted, as it says that only when all the shepherds are present are the men able to lift the rock from the well and water the flocks (v. 8). This is a romantic story of Rebekah at the well and goes on to tell how Jacob kissed her, and lifted up his voice and wept (v. 11). Not being used to such attention and service she stood by in astonishment. No doubt she was shocked as he introduced himself as her cousin. It says that, with her soul on fire, she left the well and ran home to tell her father that a stranger had come and that he was a nephew.
Just as God was leading in the life of Jacob he wants to lead in the circumstances of my life. The big question is what area of my life am I still trying to manage and need to turn over to Him?
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Genesis 26:1-16The Lord’s First Promise to Isaac
Genesis 26:17-35Isaac’s Agreement With Abimelech
Genesis 27:1-10Isaac Plans to Give Esau His Blessing
Genesis 27:11-33Jacob Tricks Isaac In To Blessing Him
Genesis 27:34-46Jacob Runs Away to Laban’s House
Genesis 28:1-9Esau Marries Ishmael’s Daughter
Genesis 28:10-22Jacob’s First Encounter With God
Genesis 29:1-12Jacob Moves to Laban’s Territory
Genesis 29:13-35Jacob Marries Leah And Rachael
Genesis 30:1-24Leah And Rachael Compete for Jacob’s Love
Genesis 30:25-43Jacob’s Flocks Prosper
Genesis 31:1-16Jacob Moves His Flocks to Canaan
Genesis 31:17-42Laban Chases Jacob And Confronts Him
Genesis 31:43-55Laban And Jacob Make Peace
Genesis 32:1-21Jacob Sends Messengers And Gifts to Esau
Genesis 32:22-32Jacob Wrestles With God