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Setting out | Genesis 31:14-21

14 Then Rachel and Leah answered and said to him, “Is there any portion or inheritance left to us in our father’s house? 15 Are we not regarded by him as foreigners? For he has sold us, and he has indeed devoured our money. 16 All the wealth that God has taken away from our father belongs to us and to our children. Now then, whatever God has said to you, do.”

17 So Jacob arose and set his sons and his wives on camels. 18 He drove away all his livestock, all his property that he had gained, the livestock in his possession that he had acquired in Paddan-aram, to go to the land of Canaan to his father Isaac. 19 Laban had gone to shear his sheep, and Rachel stole her father’s household gods. 20 And Jacob tricked Laban the Aramean, by not telling him that he intended to flee. 21 He fled with all that he had and arose and crossed the Euphrates, and set his face toward the hill country of Gilead.

Genesis 31:14-21

Setting out

So Jacob obeys the Lord and prepares to leave Laban and return home to Canaan. Jacob was indeed wealthy. He had 11 sons at this point and 2 wives (plus two concubine slave wives). Each one got a camel. Today that would be like each had a nice car! One interesting observation is he went to, “his father Isaac” – not to his mother. Could that be a sign of maturity? He no longer thought of himself as “mama’s boy” but was now becoming a man in his own right?

Wives agree

His two wives agree with the plan. I find this amazing for two reasons. 1) They are leaving their family and home for a place they’ve never been. 2) They have been arch rivals for 20 years in the race for sons. How can this be? They trust their husband and see how God is with him, not their dad.

Household gods

So sad. Rachel shows her sinful character. Not only does she steal her dad’s valuable stuff, she steals his household gods, his idols. We’ll see later she digs her grave  further by even lying about it! There are different guesses as to why she took them but no matter, it was wrong. Maybe the most beautiful woman was not the best choice. Leah (though still sinful) doesn’t show these same character flaws.

One last trick

Jacob doesn’t talk to Laban about his plan. Rather, he just secretly hit the road. He gets his whole troop across the river and hits the open road. “Jacob’s fear and deceptive departure showed that he lacked confidence in God and His promise, and he relied more on his own wisdom and ability.” (Enduringword.com) But that’s not the end of Laban…


  • Are you convicted by this passage? As you see the actions of these characters – stealing, trickery, lack of trust in God) – do you see it in yourself? Repent now if you do. Turn back to Him. He will graciously forgive and restore. There may be consequences but He will be with you.
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