Thursday, October 05, 2006

Genesis 31 Part 2 "Laban's False gods""Jacob's Children"

The two subjects have no relation. I noticed that Laban was really more concerned about his false gods being missing than the fact that his daughters and grandchildren were leaving. So here, I mention some attributes of Laban's false gods.

Next, I've made a list of Jacob's children for future reference. I don't know that we will be able to remember the complete family tree but so long as we know where to find the information we will be okay if we need to refer back.

One observation I made in this chapter was the false gods of Laban. He really should have relied on the true God of Jacob and his fathers. The ones he had were very unreliable: 1) they were so weak that Rachel was able to steal them away 2) they were so idol that Laban did not miss them for three days, then someone had to tell him 3) they were so small that they could be hide in the camels furniture and sat on 4) they were so quiet that Laban did not know they were there when he was in the tent with them. 5) when Laban went to his place they did not go after him.

They seem to be of little use to Laban or anyone else. The Lord on the other hand went with Jacob to a far land and blessed him while he was there. He spoke to him often and Jacob knew when he was around. I'll take the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob over the others any day of the week.

Here I will try to name the children of Jacob and their mothers:
(12 sons and 1 daughter)
Reuben - Leah
Simeon -Leah
Levi - Leah
Judah - Leah
Dan-Bilhah (Rachel's maid) (Rachel is barren)
Naphtali - Bilhah (Rachel's maid)
Gad-Zilpah (Leah's maid) (Leah stops off bearing)
Asher-Zilpah (Leah's maid)
Dinah-Leah (a daughter)
Benjamin-Rachel (Rachel dies in child birth) (chapter 35 v16)

Psalm 127: 4-5 "As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate."

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