Jacob and Laban – Creating Value and Trusting God for Your Inheritance

Bible Summary. Jacob, one of the great patriarchs of the Bible had an encounter with God that was a life changing event. Jacob began to have an awe and a love of God that made no room for the craftiness and selfishness that had predominated his life previously. Jacob no longer yearned after his brother inheritance, but now he trusted God for his own inheritance. Because of Jacob’s faith in God, he began to live a honest life where he created value in every relationship. This was evident in his dealings with his father-in-law Laban. Jacob fulfilled many agreements with Laban where Jacob created much value even though Laban did everything he could to give as little as possible in return. This continued for many years, but eventually Laban saw the futility of his actions. This was because Jacob created value in everything he did, and everyone around him including Laban prospered. Because Jacob trusted God for his inheritance, he could faithfully provide value in any relationship no matter how evil or deceptive the other person was in the relationship. God rewarded Jacob for his faithfulness. See below for more commentary and Biblical advice concerning creating value in relationships.

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Jacob’s Conversion from Scamming to a Person That Creates Value.

Jacob, one of the great patriarchs of the Bible had an encounter with God that was a life changing event for him. Jacob now had an awe and a love of God that made no room for the craftiness and selfishness that had predominated his life previously. Genesis 28:22 advises us that Jacob loved God so much that he made a vow to give a tenth (tithe) of everything he earned.

Genesis 28:22, “And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.”

Jacob and Laban – Fulfilling A Contract To Create Value.

The contracts that Jacob made with his uncle (and soon to be father-in-law), Laban, provides examples of how God desires for us to create value and fulfill the obligations we make with others. Jacob made an honest contract with his future father-in-law to work for him for seven years in order to have his daughter Rachel’s hand in marriage. Because Jacob had faith in God for his future, he would faithfully fulfill his end of the bargain. Genesis 29:18 advises us of Jacob’s first contract with Laban.

Genesis 29:18, “And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.”

Jacob and Laban – Create Value No Matter What Wrong Is Done to You.

The Bible teaches us that we should create value no matter what wrong is done to us in a relationship. Jacob’s dealing with Laban shows us how we should always be creating value in any relationship. Genesis 29:25 tells us how Jacob set the example and fulfilled his contract, but Laban was full of trickery.

Genesis 29:25, “And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? Did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me?”

Jacob and Laban – Eventually People Recognize Others that Create Value.

Initially, Laban’s whole relationship with Jacob amounted to how he could get over on Jacob. This continued for many years, but eventually Laban saw the futility of his actions. This was because Jacob created value in everything he did, and everyone around him to include Laban prospered. Genesis 30:27 tells how Laban began to acknowledge Jacob’s work and that he was now dependent on Jacob for his prosperity.

Genesis 30:27, “And Laban said unto him, I pray thee, if I have found favour in thine eyes, tarry; for I have learned by experience that the Lord hath blessed me for thy sake.”

Creating Value Always Involves Giving More Than You Get.

If you truly have faith that God will take care of you, you do not need to be scheming, scamming, and lying in relationships to assure that you will be taken care of materially. Genesis 30:31 provides an example where Jacob’s faith in God could enable him to give more that he would get in a contract with Laban.

Genesis 30:31, “And he said, What shall I give thee? And Jacob said, Thou shalt not give me any thing: if thou wilt do this thing for me, I will again feed and keep thy flock.”

Jacob and Laban – God Will Always Bless Us if We are Creating Value.

Because Jacob trusted God in everything, Jacob was delivered from his enemies and God provided him with a greater inheritance than he could have ever expected. Jacob was faithful in all relationships to provide value and increase no matter how evil or deceptive the other person was in the relationship. Genesis 31:9 advises us of God’s judgment for both the scheming of Laban and for the faithfulness of Jacob.

Genesis 31:9, “Thus God hath taken away the cattle of your father, and given them to me.”