Last week we looked at the painful conflict within the family of Jacob as his wives struggle and compete with each other. The naming of Jacob's sons expresses the hopes, desires, assumptions of both Rachel and Leah. It's against this dark background of pain and hurt and envy and longing that we see the grace of God shine brightly. God is the only one who can satisfy the longings of our heart, and often He lifts our focus off our futile endeavors by allowing pain and disappointment to expose our idolatry. Then, and only then, can we look to Him and receive something better - a changed perspective.
Listen to Rachel vs Leah
PREPARING TO HEAR
Take some time to read Genesis 30:25 through the end of chapter 31. Pray for guidance and understanding, and consider these questions:
- What is at stake in the deliberation between Jacob and Laban?
- How are God's promises shown to be fulfilled?
- In what ways do Jacob and his family display faith? In what ways do they display lingering unbelief?
- How should God's protection of and provision for Jacob inform our faith as we face opposition and injustice?
Please pray with me that God's word would be clearly understood and humbly received as we gather to worship. Pray that Christ's glory would be lifted up and His love shared with all who come.
PREPARING TO SING
Below are the songs we will be singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.