Summary: If you don’t love God first above all other things, consequences to sin will soon follow.
Remember what we talked about last week? God chose Abraham and his descendants to be a testimony for Him. Abraham passed the “baton” of being in God’s team to Isaac who in turn passed the “baton” to Jacob. Please open your Bibles to the end of Genesis Chapter 28; we read…….
Jacob heard the godly calling from his father and directly from God and he made a commitment to follow God.
Let’s see what happened right after this commitment.
Read along with me Genesis 29 to Gen. 30: 3……………
Remember Jacob made a vow to God at the end of Genesis 28; and so, Jacob’s life became perfect??
Here’s a summary of what happened in Genesis 29:
Jacob worked for 7 years and ended up sleeping with a strange woman and married Leah who he didn’t love.
Jacob worked 7 more years to marry the one he loved.
Jacob had 2 unhappy wives who competed with each other.
Jacob worked 7 more years for his father-in-law;
likely he was trying to escape from his wives.
Jacob and Rachel had a fight and repeated their parent’s mistake.
Jacob ended up with a concubine.
Jacob was chosen by God to inherit the blessings from heaven! What happened to Jacob?
Jacob, after experiencing a vision from God and making a commitment to be God’s man, depended on his feelings rather than faith, and so for over 20 years, he struggled with life.
What is the greatest commandment according to God??
In Deutoronomy 6 and in the Gospels, God tells us that the greatest commandment is to love God with everything!
How do people break this command??
People can love many other things and not love God, and that disobedience brings consequences.
What can we learn from Jacob? What did Jacob do wrong? Jacob made the mistake of loving himself and a woman over the love for God. Let us take a closer look at Genesis 29. Look again at the end of v2 to v3……...
How big was the stone over the well??
God made a point to tell us that it takes a number of shepherds to roll away the stone from that well. Now look again at v10…………….. God doesn’t say if Jacob had help. What we know for sure is that Jacob himself, who we knew was a quiet man not like outdoorsman Esau, all of a sudden acted like Esau, taking charge to move a large stone!
Now, look at what happened before Jacob moved that stone. Look again at v6-10…………….
What did Jacob do wrong here?
You also may be wondering, what happened to God? Why isn’t God involved with Jacob here? You know, we have the privilege of having God’s Word at our fingertips and review the history behind the stories. But do you think it was only by coincidence that Isaac would meet Rachel by a well?
Remember when Abraham sent his servant to look for a wife for Isaac. Where did Eliezer the servant find Rebekah, Isaac’s future wife?? – at a well!!!
How many of you remember great things that happened to your mom or dad?? Don’t you think that Isaac would recall the story of Eliezer and his mother Rebekah at that well?
Look back with me to Genesis 24:26-27…………….
What did Jacob do wrong when he saw Rachel at the well?
Eliezer acknowledged God. Jacob did not acknowledge God’s involvement!