After Esau found out that Jacob had received Isaac’s blessing, he hated Jacob and vowed to kill him. Rebekah sent Jacob to her brother Laban to find a wife.
Jacob agreed to work seven years for Laban so he could marry Rachel. When the seven years were fulfilled, he asked for his wife. Laban deceived him! The wedding took place and the next morning he discovered his bride was Leah (according to custom the firstborn had to be married before the youngest).
He agreed to work another seven years. He loved Rachel more than Leah. Fast forward. Leah had 7 children. After Rachel had Joseph, Jacob asked to leave Laban. Laban implored him to stay.
Jacob did stay and his flocks increased greatly. Laban’s countenance was not favorable (Genesis 31:2). Jacob spoke to Rachel in verse 7. “Yet your father has deceived me and changed my wages ten times…”
Do you see how the deception was a family sin? As the story continued, Jacob left with all that was his. Verse 34 recorded Rachel’s deceit. She stole her father’s gods, put them in her camel’s saddle, and sat on them. Laban searched everything and could not find them.
Hosea 10:13 says, “Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground for it is time to seek the Lord, till He comes and rains righteousness on you.”
Verse 14 defines the reaping of lies. It says, “You have plowed wickedness; you have reaped iniquity. You have eaten the fruit of lies…”
We are trees of righteousness. The end of Isaiah 61:3 says, “…the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” When we sow righteousness, we reap the fruit of righteousness that glorifies Him. It is succulent fruit for others to eat from the tree of our lives.
Isaiah 32:17 says, “The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.” We do not reap in the same season that we sow. What we sow now, we will reap in another season. Be careful what you sow.