Laban thought that Jacob had stolen his gods

Genesis Bible Background

01.13.2018 – Old Testament: Gen 31.25–30

To read the Bible in a year, read Genesis 31–32 on January 13, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

Laban took advantage of his son-in-law/nephew Jacob and later Jacob got away from him. Then Laban pursued Jacob and his family. When Laban caught up to Jacob, the Bible shows what happened,

So Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mountains, and Laban with his brethren pitched in the mountains of Gilead. And Laban said to Jacob: “What have you done, that you have stolen away unknown to me, and carried away my daughters like captives taken with the sword? Why did you flee away secretly, and steal away from me, and not tell me; for I might have sent you away with joy and songs, with timbrel and harp? And you did not allow me to kiss my sons and my daughters. Now you have done foolishly in so doing. It is in my power to do you harm, but the God of your father spoke to me last night, saying, ‘Be careful that you speak to Jacob neither good nor bad.’ And now you have surely gone because you greatly long for your father’s house, but why did you steal my gods?” (Genesis 31.25–30).

Laban asked Jacob, “What have you done?” but I would like to ask Laban, “What were you thinking, believing that Jacob could steal your gods?” If a god can be stolen, is it truly a god? Also, Laban admitted that Jacob’s God spoke to Laban. Should that not say something about your gods, Laban?


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