Genesis 29, Matthew 28, Esther 5, Acts 28

If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: Genesis 29, Matthew 28, Esther 5, Acts 28. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can't do all the readings today, read Genesis 29. 

As we read yesterday in Genesis 28, Jacob was sent to Laban to find a wife. Along the way he had a vision where God affirmed that Jacob would carry forward the promises made to Abraham which are known as the Abrahamic covenant. When Jacob arrived in Harran here in Genesis 29, he does find his uncle Laban and Laban has a gorgeous daughter that Jacob would very much like to marry. So, all is well! Mission accomplished; God’s will is clear: Jacob should marry Rachel and start making those descendants who would be as numerous as the amount of dust on the earth (28:14). Right?!

Except for one thing: despite God’s promise to be with Jacob and watch over him (28:15), Laban tricked Jacob into marrying his older daughter, Leah, instead of Rachel, the one they had agreed on. Why, do you think, God would allow this if he was with Jacob and watching over him? Why might God allow unexpected events like this in our lives? Post your answers in the comments below or on our Facebook page And, feel free to answer and interact with the questions and comments of others. Have a great day; we'll talk scripture again tomorrow.