Foundational themes in Genesis – Study 86 (Key verses: Gen 31:1-55)
The foundational theme of sanctification is helping us to see our own road from being created a marred vessel of clay with a deceitful heart to be conformed in the spiritual image of God having His mind (Gen 2:7; Jer 17:9; Jer 18:4; Rom 8:20; 1Cor 15:22-28; 2Ti 2:21). Jacob is given to us as one of the types of this process of sanctification as he started off as a deceiver and manipulator to be taken through his time of service for his two wives and for his flock to become God’s trusted servant (Gen 2:19; Gen 25:29-34; Gen 27:6-29; Gen 27:42-45). Every aspect of our lives will go through this Jacob-process as it will be repeated several times throughout our lives to get all aspects of the old Adam’s carnal heart in us exposed and supplanted by the new heart of Christ (Eze 11:19; Eze 36:26; 1Co 2:9-10). After Jacob worked fourteen years for the two daughters of Laban, Leah and Rachel, he also arranged to work another six years to build up his own flock (Gen 29:25-30; Gen 30:27-36). God ordained that Jacob supernaturally bred a huge flock through the unusual brown, ringstraked, speckled and spotted offspring from the flock of Laban, which Jacob received in a dream but only told this revelation from God to Rachel and Leah just before they left Haran:
Gen 31:7 And your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me.
Gen 31:8 If he said thus, The speckled shall be thy wages; then all the cattle bare speckled: and if he said thus, The ringstraked shall be thy hire; then bare all the cattle ringstraked.
Gen 31:9 Thus God hath taken away the cattle of your father, and given them to me.
Gen 31:10 And it came to pass at the time that the cattle conceived, that I lifted up mine eyes, and saw in a dream, and, behold, the rams which leaped upon the cattle were ringstraked, speckled, and grisled.
Gen 31:11 And the angel of God spake unto me in a dream, saying, Jacob: And I said, Here am I.
Gen 31:12 And he said, Lift up now thine eyes, and see, all the rams which leap upon the cattle are ringstraked, speckled, and grisled: for I have seen all that Laban doeth unto thee.
Gen 31:13 I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto me: now arise, get thee out from this land, and return unto the land of thy kindred.
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