Transquotation: Genesis 31:19; 32

06 Jan

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:


Laban had gone to shear his sheep, and Rachel stole her father’s household gods. (Genesis 31:19)

The following verse is after Jacob and family fled; Laban has caught up with them and has just finished asking Jacob why he took His household gods:

Anyone with whom you find your gods shall not live. In the presence of our kinsmen point out what I have that is yours, and take it.” Now Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen them. (Genesis 31:32)


And while we thought God’s back was turned, we attempted to gather as many idols and we possibly could.

And God knew what we did, and His anger burned against us; our penalty was death. But then, our sin was covered over, and we were set free from our penalty.

Explanation of the transquote:

I’ll be the first to say there are several things wrong with this picture. For starters, Laban (the direct opposite of God) actually did have his “back turned” when Rachael stole his idols. And, while I’m at it, God never had/has/will have any idols. In fact, the actual idea that almighty and all powerful God might have an idol is simply absurd; He made the materials with which the idol would be made! Not to mention the small fact that Laban actually did overlook the idols, whereas God knew all along we had idols and only forgave us for having them in the first place because Jesus died for us. Yes, God is merciful, but He is also a jealous God.

However, there are some things here that fit the picture:

The idols were “covered over” by Rachael (see: Context confirmation)… Someone who, in this picture, plays both the parts of us and of Christ.

Laban was very angry at the fact that someone there had (his) idols, and there was an oath made that anyone found with the idols would die. Granted, the oath wasn’t made by Laban, but it was still made.

Our hearts may have been idol-mass-manufacturing plants, God still forgave us… And equally important, He changed us. As Paul puts it:

1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. (Romans 6:1-4)

New Testament confirmation:

This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. (Matthew 26:28)

Context confirmation:

Now Rachel had taken the household gods and put them in the camel’s saddle and sat on them. Laban felt all about the tent, but did not find them. (Genesis 31:34)

Once again: they were being covered over by Rachel. Probably in a rather uncomfortable way, but they were still being covered over.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland


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