Morning Message of Motivation
The Family of Israel: 26
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi
Laban was ready to do anything to keep Jacob because he had experienced great material and financial blessings since Jacob arrived. Uncle Laban showed no pity or sentimentality for his nephew, Jacob. It was all business for uncle Laban. Laban asked Jacob to name his wages.
Genesis 30:28 NKJV
“Then he said, “Name me your wages, and I will give it.”
Jacob had never previously worked for wages. He had contracted to work seven years to get his beloved Rachel as a wife. By Laban’s trickery, he had to work another seven years for Leah, as well as the seven years for Rachel.
By the time of Joseph’s birth, Jacob had served Laban for 14 years. Laban had gotten very rich, but Jacob was broke and poor. Jacob reminded Laban of these facts.
Genesis 30:30 NKJV
“For what you had before I came was little, and it has increased to a great amount; the Lord has blessed you since my coming. And now, when shall I also provide for my own house?”
After Joseph’s birth, Jacob awoke to the reality of his circumstances. He had four wives and eleven sons, without any proper means of livelihood.
Fourteen years ago, Jacob was so much in love with Rachel that he willingly offered himself for seven years of slave labour as her dowry. When Laban substituted Leah for Rachel, Jacob readily contracted to serve an extra seven years to get Rachel.
At that time, Jacob’s whole world was revolving around Rachel. Now after the birth of Joseph, Jacob had come back to himself.
Jacob was now concerned about, how he would provide for his own household also.
Laban insisted that Jacob should name his price.
Genesis 30:31a NKJV
“So he said, “What shall I give you?”
Jacob was gaining an upper hand in the new negotiations.
May you have another chance to negotiate better terms for your life and mission. May God give you wisdom to operate under the best conditions possible, in Jesus’s name.