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Genesis Chapter 29

Jacob makes it to Uncle Laban’s house                                                          V. 1-14

The Christian life is a ______________. Many times the next encouragement from God lies somewhere on the path from where we are to where we are headed. If we stay where we are, we may never experience God in profound ways!

Don’t waste Daylight Grazing Time!

Jacob gets more than he _____________________ for                             V. 15-30

What an illustration of the ____________________ of “you reap what you sow.” Jacob had gained much through deception, now he gets deceived big time!

And the Bible does not deny that to a certain extent you reap what you sow. But thank God for His ________________, that allows guilty but repentant sinners who turn to Jesus to get forgiveness instead of judgment, Heaven instead of Hell.

Leah bears Jacob his first four sons                                                                 V. 31-35

Here are Bible people who can _________________ to those facing such complex realities as polygamy, and those in the West with complex family situations due to multiple marriages and/or multiple children by multiple parents.

The first son was by Leah and named Reuben, which means “See, a son.”

The second son was by Leah and named Simeon, which means “____________.”

The third son was by Leah and named Levi, which means “_______________.”

The fourth son was by Leah and named Judah, which means “______________.”

People have a God shaped ____________ that only God Himself can fill. And until it is filled with God Himself, nothing else and no one else in the world can bring real peace. Leah still wouldn’t have an easy life, but in her affliction she has now turned to God, and is able to say at Judah’s birth, “Now I will praise the Lord.”

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.          -2 Corinthians 4:17