Genesis 29: Deception Gets You Nowhere

We have all heard the famous saying “What goes around comes around.” You might think that that is what is happening to Jacob in Genesis chapter 29.

A lot of what we had known about Jacob so far involved trickery. Basically, he has spent his entire life tricking people for his own benefit.

At this point, we find that Jacob is the one being used. He agreed to work for Laban for seven years in order to marry his daughter Rachel.

However, when the seven years had finally passed, Laban deceived Jacob through a technicality.

Gen 29:25  And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me?

Gen 29:26  And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.

Obviously, Laban probably should have told Jacob about this tradition ahead of time. It would have probably saved a lot of headaches.

However, Laban was able to tell Jacob that he would allow him to marry Rachel as well if he would promise to work seven more years.

Jacob did that, and he then developed another problem.

Gen 29:30  And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years.

Gen 29:31  And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.

Leah ended up having a lot of children, and Rachel ended up having Joseph later which ended up causing a lot of other problems that I’m sure we will talk about later.

This whole web started through deception. Deception is definitely not a positive thing.

Think back to Garden of Eden. Sin entered the world through deception. Eve was tricked into thinking that becoming like God was worth deliberately disobeying God.

Given her initial resistance to trying the fruit, it was obvious that she wasn’t going to try it until the serpent started pushing her on.

Deception didn’t work out too well for Abraham or Isaac either. In each situation, the people they were trying to deceive ended up finding out that the ladies they claimed were their sisters were really their wives. As you can imagine, people weren’t too thrilled with them.

This is just one more evidence of how deception really doesn’t help anybody. Jacob was a deceiver when he was young, and that didn’t help anyone. Now, he was being deceived, and it still caused more harm than good.

Pro 11:3  The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.


About Zak Schmoll

Zak Schmoll is the founder of Entering the Public Square, and Managing Editor of An Unexpected Journal. He earned his MA in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University and is currently a PhD student in Humanities at Faulkner University. His work has been featured on several websites including The Federalist, Public Discourse and the Fourth World Journal.

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