Sin Complicates Things
The English dictionary defines “complicate” as something or someone that is complex, intricate or difficult.” There are many synonyms for the word “complicate” such as clog, confound, disorder, embroil, impede, jumble, intricate, perplex, and many more, at least 20 more synonyms including “screw up.”
This is what sin has done, beginning with the fall of man and now as we read in Genesis how sin affects everything and everyone. Paul’s Romans 3:23, says we have all missed the target of perfection of God’s glory. The details of Romans 3: 9-18 stress that our speech deceives people, poison is associated with one’s speech where cursing and bitterness erupts. Some are involved with murder as Cain killed Abel; wars are started because of hatred and greed. Paul says the way of peace they have not known and more than that men are arrogant having no fear of God.
The meaning and occasion of the twelve sons which gives us the history of the Hebrew people:
Reuben – 29:32,33 represents affliction.
Simeon – represents unloved. Exo. 3:7
Levi – 29:34 represents attached or joined. Jer. 31:31-33 (new birth)
Judah – represents song of victory – Exo. 15:1-13; Psa. 106:1,2,11,12
Dan – represents a Judge – Exo. 17
Naphtali – represents wrestling’s – Exo. 17:11
Gad – represent Israel’s good providence
Asher – represents Israel’s good providence
Issachar – God’s gifts and blessed wages
Zebulun – God’s gifts and blessed wages
Joseph – Yahweh has added – v.22-24
Benjamin – Gen. 35:18 Son of my right hand
Plurality of wives
God’s ordained marriage is monogamous – I Cor. 7:1-4; 39; Rom. 7:2-3; I Tim. 3:2
The Mandrake controversy – v.14-15
The rivalry and jealousy is inevitable in a polygamist household.
What’s a mandrake? “a fruit that supposedly produces fertility” - Gen. 30:1
“You are stealing my husband,” says Leah
Children are from the power of the Lord – v. 22; Ecel. 11:5
The trouble with superstition
It is based on irrationality
Religions based on superstition (Boettner, Roman Catholicism)
Jacob and Laban Controversy
Jacob learned that even with unpleasant earthly relationship he was working for God. V.30; Eph. 6:7-8
Jacob was not trying to become wealthy.
Jacob worked hard for his employer – v. 26,27
Jacob trusted God for his prosperity
Jacob peeled the rods so that the flocks would mate; this was symbolic of producing many sheep and goats. (The serpent in the wilderness, Jesus alludes to in John 3:14, 15 where are redemption is completed).
Pastor Nick Iamaio
Reformed Presbyterian Church, 207 South First Street, Fulton, NY 13069 315-343-1976, Web Site fultonrpc.org 8/9/2015