A Promise Fulfilled

Theme: The love story of Jacob and Rachel. Proper 12 (17)
Object: None is needed
Scripture: And Jacob did so. He finished the week with Leah, and then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife. Genesis 29:28 (NIV)

Have you ever made a promise to someone that you did not keep? Perhaps you promised your mother that you would clean your room, but you went out to play and forgot about your promise. You may have even made a promise to someone even though you had no intention of keeping your promise. Unfortunately, most of us have made a promise at some time that we did not keep.

Today's lesson is a love story about Jacob and Rachel, but it is also a story about making promises and keeping them,

Our story is about Jacob. You remember Jacob, don't you? Jacob had a dream and in his dream God told Jacob, "Wherever you go, I will watch over you, then later I will bring you back to this land. I won't leave you--I will do all I have promised."

On his journey, Jacob met a beautiful woman named Rachel. You can imagine how happy Jacob was when he found out that Rachel was the daughter of Laban who was the brother of his mother. His uncle had two daughters. Rachel was the younger daughter, and she had an older sister named Leah. Jacob went to his uncle's house and asked if he could work there. Laban answered, "You shouldn't work for me without pay just because we are relatives. Tell me how much your wages should be."

Jacob answered, "I will work for you for seven years if you will let me have your younger daughter Rachel as my wife."

"I'd rather give her to you than to someone else," Laban answered. "Stay here and work for me."

Jacob worked seven years for Rachel. But it only seemed like a few days, because he loved her so much. After seven years, he went to Laban and said, "I have worked for you for seven years, give me my wife."

So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast. But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob.

"What have you done to me?" cried Jacob, "Didn't I work seven years for Rachel? Why have you tricked me?"

"It is our custom for the older daughter to marry before the younger one" Laban answered. "If you will work for me seven more years, then you may have Rachel for your wife."

Laban was not very good at keeping his promises, but God is. God promised that he would never leave Jacob and that he would do everything he promised. When God makes a promise, you KNOW he will keep it. God wants us to be faithful to keep our promises too.

Father, you have promised good for your children. We know that we can trust you to keep your promises. Help us to be faithful to keep our promises. In Jesus' name we pray, amen.

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