Genesis 31: One More Thing about Deception
Jacob decided that he had to get away from Laban because things were becoming a little bit more tense after Jacob essentially took a ton of his property.
Jacob called Rachel and Leah and told them that they were leaving, but on their way out, Rachel decided to steal her father’s idols.
On top of the obvious problem that she was stealing to begin with, her actions had even more serious repercussions.
Laban decided that he wanted to pursue Jacob. After all, his new family virtually disappeared with one of his most precious possessions.
When he finally caught up, he understandably had strong words for Jacob.
Gen 31:26 And Laban said to Jacob, What hast thou done, that thou hast stolen away unawares to me, and carried away my daughters, as captives taken with the sword?
Gen 31:27 Wherefore didst thou flee away secretly, and steal away from me; and didst not tell me, that I might have sent thee away with mirth, and with songs, with tabret, and with harp?
Gen 31:28 And hast not suffered me to kiss my sons and my daughters? thou hast now done foolishly in so doing.
Gen 31:29 It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt: but the God of your father spake unto me yesternight, saying, Take thou heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.
Gen 31:30 And now, though thou wouldest needs be gone, because thou sore longedst after thy father’s house, yet wherefore hast thou stolen my gods?
Laban wanted to know what Jacob had done with his idols, but Jacob had no idea that Rachel had taken them.
After Laban went through the entire camp and couldn’t find the idols, Jacob was obviously upset. He didn’t understand why he had to be subjected to this search since it was obvious that he hadn’t stolen them.
All of this came out because of deception again.
If Jacob would have been honest about leaving, and if Rachel had never stolen the idols, none of this would have happened.
I kind of feel like a broken record, but in this portion of the Bible, there are a ton of stories that illustrate the damage that deception can do. When people are not honest with one another, feelings are obviously hurt, and people are worse off because of it.
You might think that deception will get you ahead, but when it is eventually exposed, the damage is greater than the original benefit.