Genesis 31* Jacob departs secretly. (1-21) Laban pursues Jacob. (23-35)Jacob's complaint of Laban's conduct. (36-42) Their covenant atGaleed. (43-55)1-21 The affairs of these families are related very minutely,while (what are called) the great events of states and kingdomsat that period, are not mentioned. The Bible teaches people thecommon duties of life, how to serve God, how to enjoy theblessings he bestows, and to do good in the various stations andduties of life. Selfish men consider themselves robbed of allthat goes past them, and covetousness will even swallow upnatural affection. Men's overvaluing worldly wealth is thaterror which is the root of covetousness, envy, and all evil. Themen of the world stand in each other's way, and every one seemsto be taking away from the rest; hence discontent, envy, anddiscord. But there are possessions that will suffice for all;happy they who seek them in the first place. In all our removalswe should have respect to the command and promise of God. If Hebe with us, we need not fear. The perils which surround us areso many, that nothing else can really encourage our hearts. Toremember favoured seasons of communion with God, is veryrefreshing when in difficulties; and we should often recollectour vows, that we fail not to fulfil them. 22-35 God can put a bridle in the mouth of wicked men, torestrain their malice, though he do not change their hearts.Though they have no love to God's people, they will pretend toit, and try to make a merit of necessity. Foolish Laban! to callthose things his gods which could be stolen! Enemies may stealour goods, but not our God. Here Laban lays to Jacob's chargethings that he knew not. Those who commit their cause to God,are not forbidden to plead it themselves with meekness and fear.When we read of Rachel's stealing her father's images, what ascene of iniquity opens! The family of Nahor, who left theidolatrous Chaldees; is this family itself become idolatrous? Itis even so. The truth seems to be, that they were like some inafter-times, who sware by the Lord and by Malcham, #Zep 1:5|;and like others in our times, who wish to serve both God andmammon. Great numbers will acknowledge the true God in words,but their hearts and houses are the abodes of spiritualidolatry. When a man gives himself up to covetousness, likeLaban, the world is his god; and he has only to reside amonggross idolaters in order to become one, or at least a favourerof their abominations. 36-42 If Jacob were willingly consumed with heat in the day,and frost by night, to become the son-in-law of Laban, whatshould we refuse to endure, to become the sons of God? Jacobspeaks of God as the God of his father; he thought himselfunworthy to be regarded, but was beloved for his father's sake.He calls him the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac; forAbraham was dead, and gone to that world where perfect lovecasts out fear; but Isaac was yet alive, sanctifying the Lord inhis heart, as his fear and his dread. 43-55 Laban could neither justify himself nor condemn Jacob,therefore desires to hear no more of that matter. He is notwilling to own himself in fault, as he ought to have done. Buthe proposes a covenant of friendship between them, to whichJacob readily agrees. A heap of stones was raised, to keep upthe memory of the event, writing being then not known or littleused. A sacrifice of peace offerings was offered. Peace with Godputs true comfort into our peace with our friends. They did eatbread together, partaking of the feast upon the sacrifice. Inancient times covenants of friendship were ratified by theparties eating and drinking together. God is judge betweencontending parties, and he will judge righteously; whoever dowrong, it is at their peril. They gave a new name to the place,The heap of witness. After this angry parley, they part friends.God is often better to us than our fears, and overrules thespirits of men in our favour, beyond what we could haveexpected; for it is not in vain to trust in him
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