As God promised Abraham his descendents begins to bear many children, specifically, with Jacob and Leah though he loved Rachel. Here begins the development of what will later become the twelve tribes of Israel.
In God’s providence Jacob prospers and gets ready to move – which is part of God’s bigger picture in the redemptive story to come. A great reminder that nothing happens by chance or coincident. Everything is working out toward God’s bigger picture. Take comfort and courage by this reality!
The preview of the biblical motif “You meant for evil, but God meant it for good” is displayed and hinted here (vv. 1-7).
God is explicitly given credit for Jacob’s blessings and acknowledgments all throughout (e.g., vv. 5, 7, 9, 16, 42).
How can “gods” be stolen from people (v. 30)?! This shows how and what man trusts for security and comfort!
Jacob understands the “God of Abraham” (vv. 42 and 53).
Crisis forces God’s people to pray (vv. 1-8, 9f). And we should! Because to whom can we turn to? Who is sufficient to hear and provide help in times of need?
Jacob’s prayer is a great model of what prayer should look like – e.g., recognizing who God is at the onset of prayer, praying according to God’s promise, all praises to God alone, recognizing true self and undeserving grace, and petition for protection (vv. 9-12).
God preserves Jacob’s life in spite of him (v. 30).