A Welcome Turns into Abuse

If you know the story of Laban and Jacob, but have forgotten how Laban originally welcomed his nephew Jacob, then let me give you a reminder. This may surprise you. “Then it came to pass, when Laban heard the report about Jacob his sister’s son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him and kissed him, and brought him to his house. So he told Laban all these things. And Laban said to him, ‘Surely you are my bone and my flesh.’ And he stayed with him for a month” (Genesis 29:13, 14).
Remember Adam had said of Eve that she was bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh. He knew they were related. She was practically him. Laban saw Jacob the same way. They were family. Laban saw Jacob as practically himself, that they were one.
Yet, Laban abused Jacob in time to come, but it took years for that to develop. We cannot see any problem between them until seven years have passed. Laban took care of Jacob, but in time Laban tried to get all that he could out of Jacob.
However, Jacob served God the whole time and He took care of Jacob and saw him through the whole mess.
Friends, regardless of how things go with you, whether good or bad, be sure that you serve God. He will take care of you.

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