Updated: Oct 8, 2021
“And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her. And Jacob said unto Laban, Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in unto her. And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast. And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in unto her. And Laban gave unto his daughter Leah Zilpah his maid for an handmaid. And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore (why) then hast thou beguiled (deceived) me?” Genesis 29:20-25
I once worked in the bus ministry at church, and we had two bus routes. One route went to the east and the other route travelled to the north. The church had been picking up kids for a few years when I came on the scene, and I taught the high school teens in Sunday School. The kids we picked up did not grow up in church, and some of them were pretty rough characters. We sometimes had to break up fights and keep kids separated, but they still wanted to come every week. We thought of creative ways to keep them coming, including playing football as part of our church time.
We would teach a Bible lesson, sing a few songs, and then play some two-hand touch football. The pastor’s son, who was also a youth leader, and I would be the full-time quarterbacks for each team. The plan worked great for a few weeks, until we thought it would be a good idea to just go all out and play tackle football. It started out as great fun, and we began to see some growth as the teens invited their friends to play. Soon enough though, the games started to get rough and tempers started to flare. We would tamper these flare ups, and after the game the teens would forget about their troubles and head back on the bus, battered and bruised. They seemed to like playing football and no parent ever called to complain that I am aware of. The pastor’s son decided to allow the other team to tackle him if they could catch him.
He was slim and elusive, and the linemen that chased him were large and out of shape. He mocked and toyed with one of the teens in particular, and constantly teased him as he got close, but he always seemed to get away at the last minute. One Sunday, he was teasing this same kid and pulled away as he always did, but he soon forget about him. Normally, he would duck and then run to the side and throw a pass, but this time he stood in the same spot looking for an open receiver. I was watching this play and thought he was going to trick the teen again, but he forgot about him and did not move. When the kid saw that he did not move, his eyes were big as saucers and he grinned like a mouse in a cheese factory. He came from behind and hit the pastor's son so hard that it looked like his soul was taken from him. I gasped as I saw the hit, and the cocky quarterback lay lifeless on the ground.
He finally came to and was quite upset, but I calmed him down and explained to him it was his own fault. He teased this kid for weeks and simply reaped what he sowed.
I think of Jacob in this same way as he tricked and deceived his brother out of his birthright and his blessing. He deceived his own brother and father, and now he was the one getting deceived. He fell hard when he woke up the next morning and realized it was Leah and not Rachel that had been given to him, much like when Isaac thought it was Esau when it was really Jacob. We always reap what we sow, and while we may dance around and dodge our consequences for a bit, it is true that we will always reap them. You cannot outrun the seed that you have sown, and Jacob was starting to reap his bad harvest.
Where are you today friend? Are you playing around with sin, thinking you can evade your consequences? Do you think you can hide from what is coming? Do you believe God has turned a blind eye to your sin? Galatians 6:9 tells us otherwise, "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." May we come to know the biblical principle of sowing and reaping, and may we desire to sow good seed. God’s Word is always true, and his principles always work.
Stay in the fight!