Friday, September 16, 2016

Consequences of Lying and Deception


     Consequences of Lying and Deception

                           Genesis 27 ~ The Beginning

Jacob’s deception and lying caused sever consequences in his life, something he would live with until his death. After Jacob deceived his aging father, he fled from the presence of his brother Esau, in fear of his life. Rebekah accepted responsibility for her wrong actions regarding Esau  and Isaac sent Jacob away to Laban’s home, Rebekah’s brother, Jacob would suffer consequences from his deception, being he would never see his mother again before her death.

Laban had two daughters; the name of the older daughter was Leah and the younger, Rachel. Jacob’s heart was definitely bent towards Rachel and he was willing to work seven years to provide a dowry to make her his wife. Unfortunately, Jacob, the deceiver, was about to be deceived himself. Local customs of the land required that the older daughter be married first and that meant Leah before Rachel. Fourteen years Jacob worked for Laban and ended up with two wives that would become jealous in childbearing competition causing tremendous sorrow.

Years later, Jacob would be deceived by his own sons when they made plans to murder their brother Joseph. They tried to cover-up their hate and envy by selling him to merchants passing by and telling their father that Joseph was dead, killed by a wild animal. The pain and heartache  that accompanied Jacob was overwhelming but God, in His divine plan, made Joseph second in command in Egypt. During this time, there was a great famine in the land of Israel, and Jacob’s sons journeyed to Egypt to buy food. They were shocked and fearful when they saw Joseph, their brother, whom they had sold into slavery, alive and in charge of the distribution of food. The sons of Jacob would have to tell their father that Joseph was alive and confess the sin they committed against him so many years ago.

What unnecessary suffering they caused their father in their lying scheme and what unnecessary grief and sorrow we cause our Father when we pursue to deceive.

Lord, forgive my deceitful, untruthful ways.

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