Jacobs Agreement With Laban
Women speak with one voice and bitterly accuse their father not only of treating them as strangers, but also of selling them and swallowing up money. The words are strong and deeply angry. But the best part of that answer is that she says, “Rachel and Leah said.” Whatever differences they used to have between them — and they are considerable — women agree on this issue. They speak with one voice, and the message is clear: “We are ready to follow you.” They agree that Jacob should do what God has ordered, which is essentially to return to his homeland. 25 Jacob had pitched his tent on galaad`s mountain, when Laban had passed her, and Laban and his parents were camping there. 26 Laban said to Jacob, “What have you done?” (CG) You deceived me and took my daughters away like prisoners during the war. 27 Why did you run away in secret and cheated on me? Why didn`t you tell me, (CJ) so I could send you with joy and song to the music of Timbrels (CK) and harps? 28 You didn`t even let me kiss my grandchildren and daughters. You made a mistake. 29 I have the power to harm you; but last night, your father`s God said to me, “Baptize not to say anything to Jacob, neither good nor evil.” (CP) 30 Now you`re gone because you want to go back to your father`s house. (CQ) But why did you steal my gods? (CS) Chapter 30-31 of Genesis were often attacked and taken as an example of folklore, superstition and primitive veterinary understanding.
But when you realize that divine Providence was at work, combined with intelligent botanical knowledge, the image changes rapidly. The study of botanical and plant remedies in recent decades has relieved Jacob`s methods with Laban`s herds. In fact, some of the same botanical specimens used by Jacob are now used to supplement animal feed and are used as veterinary treatments for several diseases and conditions. When Rachel had given birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban: Let me go, so that I may go to my place and to my country. Give me my wives and children that I have served, and let me go. Because you know my service I did to you. But Laban said to him, “If you like it now, stay with me.” I idolized that the Lord blessed me on your behalf. And he continued, “Name me your reward, and I want to give it.” He said to her, “You know myself how I served you, and how your cattle came with me.”