have a wild and crazy idea to do, but I wonder if God would bless me in
Jacob too had a 'nutty'
idea. Jacob went to find Laban, his uncle -Genesis
29:5-9. He finds him -verses
12-14. Laban now fishes to find out what Jacob wants in order to take
advantage of him -verses 15-18.
Jacob in the emotion over it all commits himself -verse
1). He was naive. Laban, being
the shrewd character that he was,
takes selfish advantage of Jacob -verses
Jacob now wants his 'wages' -verse
21. Laban makes a party for the occasion, of course, all with Laban's
own interests in mind -verse 22.
No doubt Jacob drank himself a little silly and didn't notice who he slept
with that night -verse 25. In
26 Laban works his magic again. And uses Jacob for another 7 years
and hungry for Rachel, Jacob agrees immediately and gets Rachel, the one
he really wanted in the first place, before he was duped into getting Leah
-verse 28. But Leah, Jacob's
other (first) wife, loved him too -verses 30-35.
And so the rigmarole
continues with Jacob smilin' all the way to the bedroom -Genesis
Rachel gets love hungry. She must have been one hot chic, or maybe things
just cooled off too much for her with Jacob sleeping with just about everybody
her blessing too! She tries to make a deal with, of all people, Leah,
for some mandrakes (verses 14,15)
(apparently mandrakes produce an alcohol like effect). Leah says, no deal!
Leah really liked Jacob -verse 20.
Jacob was probably a passionate lover.
Back to the story about Jacob's wild and crazy idea: So
after all the above, Jacob wants out from Laban -Genesis
Now it's Jacob's turn to make a deal
(verse 31). He makes a deal to take only the speckled and spotted cattle
and agrees to look after, for Laban, all the cattle that aren't -verses
31,32. Laban agrees, gives Jacob some land miles away (verse
36) but again cheats Jacob, taking out all the cattle that were to
belong to Jacob for his ranch. And Laban gives these to his sons -verse
So here comes Jacob's nutty idea:
Jacob figures that if he took branches from two different types of trees
and stripped them to reveal the different color on the insides and set
these in front of the trough where the cattle drank, that not only would
they conceive, but they would have calves that were striped, speckled and
spotted -verses 37,38. It worked!
Jacob increased, Laban decreased -Genesis
31:1. When Laban saw that he was no longer in the "driver's seat",
the real Laban came out (verse 2)
(like many people who appear caring of others, showing feelings of affection
as long as there is something for them to selfishly gain), shallow, corrupt,
greedy and shrewd -verse 7; 31:41,42.
God blessed Jacob's wild idea (verses
5,7 again and on to verse 12),
just as He had blessed Laban because of Jacob -Genesis
30:27,30. God instructed Jacob
in a dream -Genesis 31:11.
More on Jacob's
Corporations explore wild and crazy ideas today with their
brainstorming sessions, where any and all crazy and wild ideas are brought
out. One nutty idea just might spur a great idea in the mind of someone
else in the room. It works! One
great successful corporation does things very differently.
the next life is so great, why do Christians, knowing about it, pray for
each other to be healed so that they can carry on living here? Why not
let them get on to heaven? And, just why
do some die after praying for them to be healed?
We pray for
others because we are a family of concerned persons. We like others,
and appreciate the time we have with them here on Earth, and would miss
them if they died. They're not
going to heaven!
Paul said that he was anxious to be
with the Lord -2Corinthians 5:6-8.
was hot for God and ready to go on a moment's notice -Philippians
1:21-23. He understood too, that he would remain
'asleep' till the resurrection. Paul
kept at it here on Earth (2Corinthians
5:9; Philippians 1:24) in
spite of an affliction he had (2Corinthians
12:7-10; Galatians 4:13,15;
and in spite of many trials
into the Family, one's purpose
should include the great overview; that of why's
he's here, what he should do while he's here to gain a
great reward in the coming
Kingdom of God
and a high position for all eternity, and not be overly concerned with
physical trials and tribulations which
daily afflict us all -Matthew 6:34.
We may not like 'em, but we need 'em to get us good -James
Regarding gaining this reward: There
is much to be done in reaching
to the world out of a compassionate heart
with all the
gospel is truly