Day 126: Cheated

Genesis 29:21-27

Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in to her.”

Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast. It happened in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him. He went in to her. Laban gave Zilpah his handmaid to his daughter Leah for a handmaid. It happened in the morning that, behold, it was Leah. He said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Didn’t I serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?”

Laban said, “It is not done so in our place, to give the younger before the firstborn. Fulfill the week of this one, and we will give you the other also for the service which you will serve with me yet seven other years.”

Even though Jacob served Laban for seven years for Rachel, Laban swapped daughters in the dark in order to manipulate those around him. Cheating is evidence of selfishness. Look at all of the people Laban harmed. He hurt both of his daughters, and his son-in-law all at once. He actually spoiled the wedding day of three people at once for his own gain. It appears that Laban wanted to force Jacob into seven more years of “free” service. He could have also been afraid that he would have to support Leah which showed how little he thought of her. We can learn things about people by how they do business. When a person doesn’t care for anyone but uses everyone and everything around them as a means for their own gain they show a subtle form hatred to others.

Notice how similar this act was to what Jacob did to is father Isaac. Now Jacob felt what it was like to be the one who was betrayed. The Bible tells us that we will get back what we give out.

Proverbs 11:25 :

The liberal soul shall be made fat.
He who waters shall be watered also himself.

Galatians 6:7 :

Don’t be deceived. God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

Luke 6:31 :

“As you would like people to do to you, do exactly so to them.”

So we can know what Laban has coming.