The Cheater Gets Cheated

Today’s Readings
Genesis 29-30
Matthew 9:1-17


20 Jacob worked for Rachel for seven years, but it seemed like a few days because he loved her. 21 Jacob said to Laban, “The time has come. Give me my wife so that I may sleep with her.” 22 So Laban invited all the people of that place and prepared a banquet. 23 However, in the evening, he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and he slept with her. 24 Laban had given his servant Zilpah to his daughter Leah as her servant. 25 In the morning, there she was—Leah! Jacob said to Laban, “What have you done to me? Didn’t I work for you to have Rachel? Why did you betray me?”

26 Laban said, “Where we live, we don’t give the younger woman before the oldest. 27 Complete the celebratory week with this woman. Then I will give[c] you this other woman too for your work, if you work for me seven more years.” 28 So that is what Jacob did. He completed the celebratory week with this woman, and then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel as his wife. 29 Laban had given his servant Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her servant. 30 Jacob slept with Rachel, and he loved Rachel more than Leah. He worked for Laban seven more years.

In our reading on Wednesday, Esau sold his birthright to his brother Jacob for a bowl of stew. It was a very shortsighted exchange on Esau’s part. Before all was said and done (part of yesterday’s reading), Esau believed Jacob cheated him out of his birthright. At least as we read it, Jacob, in my opinion, did not cheat Esau. At least not in this part of their story.

While I don’t believe Jacob cheated Esau out of his birthright, there is no doubt that Jacob was a primary player in cheating Esau out of his blessing. Without question, his mother Rebekah played a major role in it, but Esau could have said no. He cheated his brother and for his trouble, he had to run for his life. All this happened in part of yesterday’s Genesis reading I didn’t focus on for yesterday’s post.

Rebekah sends Jacob running for cover, back to her family. Once there, he discovers the love of his life, Rachel. In the end, it results in more trouble for Jacob as the cheater is about to meet his match in Rachel’s father Laban.

Laban has Jacob work for him for seven years to get Rachel’s hand. Jacob does but when wedding bells rang, he finds he has not married Rachel, but her older sister Leah. After that, Laban makes Jacob work for him another seven years to marry his real love, Rachel.

There is something within most of us that wants to see the cheater get caught.  When I was in college there was a student who was well known as a cheater by other students on campus. Once it became clear the kind of person he was, most of us wanted nothing to do with him. He was a nice guy but his ethics left a great deal to be desired. As far as I know, he was never caught by a professor. I have often wondered if he has had the same lack of ethics in his working career as he had in his academic career.

Most of us have known someone who has cheated to pass a class or cheated to succeed in business or cheated someone out of something. I can’t help but believe, these events are sad not only to those of us who observe, but they are sad to God as well.

But, grace is also there. As we will see, through the marriage Jacob waited so long to have, God would save the family and ultimately the nation.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved



Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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