Morning Message of Motivation
The Family of Israel: 18
By Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi
Rachel was Laban’s daughter and she was a shepherdess.
She was also under the power of the men who had monopolized the well.
Jacob sprang into action when he saw her.
Genesis 29:10 NKJV
“And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother’s brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother’s brother, that Jacob went near and rolled the stone from the well’s mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother’s brother.”
She must have been amazed at the kindness of this stranger. Then Jacob revealed who he was.
Genesis 29:12 NKJV
“And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father’s relative and that he was Rebekah’s son. So she ran and told her father.”
Rachel was overjoyed.
She ran home and broke the news.
Laban was equally excited and ran to meet Jacob.
Genesis 29:13 NKJV
“Then it came to pass, when Laban heard the report about Jacob his sister’s son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him and kissed him, and brought him to his house. So he told Laban all these things.”
Jacob told Laban the reasons for his sudden appearance in Padan Aram. Laban received him wholeheartedly.
Genesis 29:14 NKJV
“And Laban said to him, “Surely you are my bone and my flesh.” And he stayed with him for a month.”
Jacob had fled successfully for sanctuary from Esau.
He was now separated by more than 500 miles from Esau.
He also had a new job.
Jacob had taken over from Rachel and become Laban’s shepherd.
It was a voluntary and unpaid position.
Laban recognized Jacob’s expertise in the shepherding field and he wanted to pay him to secure his services permanently.
God was working.
Jacob decided to exchange his services, as a dowry for Laban’s daughter, Rachel.
Jacob was totally in love with Rachel and would do anything to have her as his wife.
May God continue to grant opportunities for the fulfillment of your life’s mission.
May your personal diligence and expertise in various fields begin to open doors for you, in Jesus’s name.