Jacob Arrives in Paddan Aram
1Then Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of the people of the east.
2 And he looked, and behold a well in the field, and, lo, there were three flocks of sheep lying by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks: and a great stone was upon the well’s mouth.
3 And thither were all the flocks gathered: and they rolled the stone from the well’s mouth, and watered the sheep, and put the stone again upon the well’s mouth in his place.
4 And Jacob said unto them, My brethren, whence be ye? And they said, Of Haran are we.
5 And he said unto them, Know ye Laban the son of Nahor? And they said, We know him.
6 And he said unto them, Is he well? And they said, He is well: and, behold, Rachel his daughter cometh with the sheep.
7 And he said, Lo, it is yet high day, neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together: water ye the sheep, and go and feed them.
8 And they said, We cannot, until all the flocks be gathered together, and till they roll the stone from the well’s mouth; then we water the sheep.
9 And while he yet spake with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep; for she kept them.
10 And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother’s brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother’s brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well’s mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother’s brother.
11 And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept.
12 And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father’s brother, and that he was Rebekah’s son: and she ran and told her father.
13 And it came to pass, when Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sister’s son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him, and kissed him, and brought him to his house. And he told Laban all these things.
14 And Laban said to him, Surely thou art my bone and my flesh. And he abode with him the space of a month.
K.J.V. Bible Text
When Jacob reached his destination he stopped first at a well covered by a huge stone. There shepherds were gathered to water their flocks. When he asked about the health of Laban, Laban’s daughter Rachel was pointed out to him as she arrived with her father’s sheep.
Jacob himself rolled away the large stone and watered his uncle’s sheep. Jacob was overjoyed to meet Rachel and kissed her in greeting. After he explained who he was, she ran to tell Laban.
Laban rushed to meet his sister’s son and brought him to his home where he was made welcome.
The happiness we see Jacob experiencing, as with his father’s and also God’s blessing he finds his mother’s relatives and is welcomed by them, seems in stark contrast to Esau’s ineffective efforts to please Isaac and Rebekah. Yet I am sure that God did not forget Esau. I don’t yet know what the scripture will say further about him, but I can now see that Jacob is the descendant of his generation who embodies the promise of God. I believe that as we progress through future studies we will find that each successive generation will have that one person who walks with God and carries forward to the next generation the promise God made to Abraham.
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