Children’s Study – Jacob, Part 5 – Jacob Meets Rachel

Jacob – Part 5, Jacob meets Rachel

Today we will continue the story of Jacob. Last time, we saw Jacob dreaming about angels going up and down a ladder. It is also in this dream that the Lord reassured Jacob that He will fulfill His promises to Abraham and to Isaac. Part of these promises is to bless all the nations on earth.

Gen 28:14 (ERV) You will have as many descendants as there are particles of dust on the earth. They will spread east and west, north and south. All the families on earth will be blessed because of you and your descendants.

When Jacob woke up, he renamed the place to Bethel, meaning house of God.

Gen 28:19 (ERV) The name of that place was Luz, but Jacob named it Bethel.

It is really in the house of God that the Lord is planning to bless all mankind. Jacob, the physical seed of Abraham, is really just a symbol of Christ through whom God has chosen to bless all mankind.

Gal 3:16 (MKJV) And to Abraham and to his Seed the promises were spoken. It does not say, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, “And to your Seed,” which is Christ.

So it is to Jesus Christ and His body that the promise of God was given to bless all nations. The spiritual blessings of God (peace, joy, love) also include His loving discipline for the sins that we have committed so that we’ll repent. Our old man will be destroyed, but our new man will be saved.

Here’s what the Lord said would happen to Egypt, which is a symbol of the world:

Isa 19:18 (ESV) In that day there will be five cities in the land of Egypt that speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance to the LORD of hosts. One of these will be called the City of Destruction.
Isa 19:19 In that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the LORD at its border.
Isa 19:20 It will be a sign and a witness to the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt. When they cry to the LORD because of oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and deliver them.
Isa 19:21 And the LORD will make himself known to the Egyptians, and the Egyptians will know the LORD in that day and worship with sacrifice and offering, and they will make vows to the LORD and perform them.
Isa 19:22 And the LORD will strike Egypt, striking and healing, and they will return to the LORD, and he will listen to their pleas for mercy and heal them.

Striking and healing – that is how God judges us. He disciplines us to teach us to live godly lives.

Just like any loving parent, the Father will stop His punishment when He sees that His rebellious children have learned their lesson. As we read in the book of Isaiah, the result of God’s punishment will be that “they will return to the LORD, and he will listen to their pleas for mercy and heal them.

1Pe 5:10 (ESV) And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

The discipline from God is appreciated by those who know that all the suffering is for their sake, to “restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish” us.

Let’s continue the story of Jacob:

Gen 29:1 (ERV) Then Jacob continued his trip. He went to the country in the East.
Gen 29:2 He looked and saw a well in the field. There were three flocks of sheep lying near the well, where the sheep drank water. There was a large rock covering the mouth of the well.
Gen 29:3 When all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the rock away from the well. Then all the sheep could drink from the water. After the sheep were full, the shepherds would put the rock back in its place.
Gen 29:4 Jacob said to the shepherds there, “Brothers, where are you from?” They answered, “We are from Haran.”
Gen 29:5 Then Jacob said, “Do you know Laban, the son of Nahor?” The shepherds answered, “We know him.”
Gen 29:6 Then Jacob said, “How is he?” They answered, “He is well. Look, that is his daughter Rachel coming now with his sheep.”
Gen 29:7 Jacob said, “Look, it is still day and long before the sun sets. It is not yet time for the animals to be gathered together for the night. So give them water and let them go back into the field.”
Gen 29:8 But they said, “We cannot do that until all the flocks are gathered together. Then we will move the rock from the well, and all the sheep will drink.”
Gen 29:9 While Jacob was talking with the shepherds, Rachel came with her father’s sheep. (It was her job to take care of the sheep.)
Gen 29:10 Rachel was Laban’s daughter. Laban was the brother of Rebekah, Jacob’s mother. When Jacob saw Rachel, he went and moved the rock and gave water to the sheep.
Gen 29:11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel and cried.
Gen 29:12 He told her that he was from her father’s family. He told her that he was the son of Rebekah. So Rachel ran home and told her father.
Gen 29:13 When Laban heard the news about his sister’s son Jacob, he ran to meet him. Laban hugged him and kissed him and brought him to his house. Jacob told Laban everything that had happened.
Gen 29:14 Then Laban said, “This is wonderful! You are from my own family.” So Jacob stayed with Laban for a month.
Gen 29:15 One day Laban said to Jacob, “You are a relative of mine. It is not right for you to continue working for me without pay. What should I pay you?”

We have learned from past studies that a well could have a positive meaning. A well could be a symbol of our Lord and His elect, as they give us life-giving water, His words. But this well that Jacob found as he went to the country in the East has a bad meaning. This well is in the field, and we learned that being in the field means being worldly. We also learned this from a past study as Esau is described to be a man of the field.

Gen 29:1 (ERV) Then Jacob continued his trip. He went to the country in the East.
Gen 29:2 He looked and saw a well in the field. There were three flocks of sheep lying near the well, where the sheep drank water. There was a large rock covering the mouth of the well.

These shepherds that Jacob found in the country in the east, are symbols of the false teachers in Babylon, teaching worldly things to their followers.

Isa 46:11 (MKJV) calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of my purpose from a far country. Yes, I have spoken, I will also cause it to come; I have formed; yes, I will do it.

“From the east, from a far country” means from Babylon. Here are verses that confirm this:

2Ki 20:14 (KJV) Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said these men? and from whence came they unto thee? And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country, even from Babylon.

Isa 39:3 (KJV) Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said these men? and from whence came they unto thee? And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country unto me, even from Babylon.

We all first start to learn about God and Jesus Christ in Babylon. But the things we learn about the Father and our Lord are mixed in with the lies of the devil, so we learn things like He will only save some, and will torture many in a place called hell. In Babylon, we learn to serve Him by celebrating the traditions of this world like Christmas, birthdays and Easter. In the false churches of this world, we are like sheep who are taken advantage of by these greedy people who only want our money.

2Pe 2:1 (ERV) In the past there were false prophets among God’s people. It is the same now. You will have some false teachers in your group. They will teach things that are wrong–ideas that will cause people to be lost. And they will teach in a way that will be hard for you to see that they are wrong. They will even refuse to follow the Master who bought their freedom. And so they will quickly destroy themselves.
2Pe 2:2 Many people will follow them in the morally wrong things they do. And because of them, others will say bad things about the way of truth we follow.
2Pe 2:3 These false teachers only want your money. So they will use you by telling you things that are not true. But the judgment against these false teachers has been ready for a long time. And they will not escape God who will destroy them.

Notice that it doesn’t say a few people will follow these false shepherds. It says many people will follow these false prophets who have gone out into the world.

1Jn 4:1 (MKJV) Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but try the spirits to see if they are of God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Do not believe every spirit means do not believe every teaching that you hear. You must try their teachings, you must compare it to the Bible, and see if that is what the Bible is really saying.

If you don’t, you will be one of the billions of people worshiping God in vain and following the teachings of these false prophets.

But we must never forget who blinded these false prophets.

Eze 14:9 (KJV) And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.

Eze 14:9 (CEV) If a prophet gives a false message, I am the one who caused that prophet to lie. But I will still reject him and cut him off from my people,
Eze 14:10 and anyone who goes to that prophet for a message will be punished in the same way.

Many people have never seen those verses. The Lord is pretty clear who deceived those false teachers who are giving false messages, “I the LORD have deceived that prophet”. Now we know why He is also going to be merciful to those false prophets and those who follow them in the end.

Gen 29:3 (ERV) When all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the rock away from the well. Then all the sheep could drink from the water. After the sheep were full, the shepherds would put the rock back in its place.
Gen 29:4 Jacob said to the shepherds there, “Brothers, where are you from?” They answered, “We are from Haran.”
Gen 29:5 Then Jacob said, “Do you know Laban, the son of Nahor?” The shepherds answered, “We know him.”
Gen 29:6 Then Jacob said, “How is he?” They answered, “He is well. Look, that is his daughter Rachel coming now with his sheep.”
Gen 29:7 Jacob said, “Look, it is still day and long before the sun sets. It is not yet time for the animals to be gathered together for the night. So give them water and let them go back into the field.”
Gen 29:8 But they said, “We cannot do that until all the flocks are gathered together. Then we will move the rock from the well, and all the sheep will drink.”

Like the false teachers in Babylon, these shepherds also agree on certain things. Take the teaching about hell, for example. These false teachers all agree that not all will be saved. But they all differ on how they teach this lie. Some of them teach that you have to be a member of their church or else you will burn in hell forever. Some teach that only Christians will be saved, and Muslims and atheists will burn in hell forever. Some teach only Christians and Jews will be saved.

But the truth that we have seen repeated over and over in the Bible, is that all men will be saved and come unto the knowledge of the truth.

1Ti 2:3 (KJV) For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
1Ti 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

Let’s continue the story:

Gen 29:9 (ERV) While Jacob was talking with the shepherds, Rachel came with her father’s sheep. (It was her job to take care of the sheep.)
Gen 29:10 Rachel was Laban’s daughter. Laban was the brother of Rebekah, Jacob’s mother. When Jacob saw Rachel, he went and moved the rock and gave water to the sheep.

When Jacob learned that Rachel is from her mother’s family, he was really eager to serve her. This is the same diligence and zeal that God wants to see in us in serving His household.

Rom 12:11 (ERV) As you serve the Lord, work hard and don’t be lazy. Be excited about serving him!

We must remember the parable of the talents, where the lazy servant got punished for being lazy and burying his talent on the earth. The servants who worked hard to double their master’s treasure were rewarded.

Jacob also showed his happiness to be with his mother’s family.

Gen 29:11 (ESV) Then Jacob kissed Rachel and wept aloud.
Gen 29:12 And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father’s kinsman, and that he was Rebekah’s son, and she ran and told her father.
Gen 29:13 As soon as Laban heard the news about Jacob, his sister’s son, he ran to meet him and embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his house. Jacob told Laban all these things,

There is nothing malicious about the kiss that Jacob gave Rachel, as we saw Laban kissing Jacob to show his happiness in seeing his sister’s son.

Gen 29:14 (ERV) Then Laban said, “This is wonderful! You are from my own family.” So Jacob stayed with Laban for a month.
Gen 29:15 One day Laban said to Jacob, “You are a relative of mine. It is not right for you to continue working for me without pay. What should I pay you?”

We see here that Jacob continued working for Laban, showing us that our service to others should be continuous and not a one-time act.

In our next studies, Lord willing, we will learn more about Jacob and Rachel and the hidden lessons that God wants to teach us through these stories.

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