每日诗歌: 爱，我愿意 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUyL3wgHLPM)
Genesis 31 [Read]
Genesis 32 [Read]
Matthew 10:24-42 [Read]
Jacob had a tough life. Moses used only 2 chapters (Gen 29-30) to capture 20 years of Jacob's life in Paddan Aram (Gen 28:7), but he used 2 chapters (Gen 31-32) to tell roughly one month of Jacob's life on the road. This tells me that there must be an important point to make here.
Jacob's life had come to a deciding point. Laban's attitude was getting worse (Gen 31:2), but who can blame him? Jacob was winning in their war of deception, and he was seeing his fortune disappearing each day. This was the time for Jacob to leave, for there was no telling what would Laban do next. From Gen 31:22-23 we could tell that Jacob left in a hurry, and he was really running away fast with all his possessions. But eventually he was caught up. If not for the intervention of God (Gen 31:24), Jacob might have been killed. So, the main point for Gen 31 is that THERE IS NO TURNING BACK.
Gen 32 tells the other direction. Now, Jacob had to face his brother Esau, the one who wanted to kill him 20 years ago. Esau led 400 people coming his way after hearing Jacob was coming home. Nobody can blame Jacob for being panic (Gen 32:7). He thought he had escaped a great evil (Laban), but now he was facing a greater threat (Esau). THERE IS NO MOVING FORWARD EITHER. That was the time when Jacob came to the ford of Jabbok (雅博渡口), and we will look at that pivotal event in tonight's devotion.
This situation of Jacob closely resembles what Jesus was telling his disciples in Matt 10:24-42. Christian life is a life of no return. "Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it" (Matt 10:39). In some way, we are just like Jacob. We cannot go back to the world, but we have great obstacles in front as foretold by our master. The key is to go through the "ford of the Jabbok". Then you will gain life.
Would you come?
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