The Deceiver Is Deceived

John Koedyker

READ : Genesis 29:1-30

And Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?” (v. 25)

Some would say, “Turnabout is fair play.” It looks like Jacob has finally met his match in his uncle Laban. After being sent back to his mother’s people to find a wife, Jacob meets the girl of his dreams. Rachel was beautiful. And although the Hebrew word that describes her sister Leah’s eyes is difficult to translate, it is obvious that to Jacob she pales in comparison.

So Jacob strikes a deal with Laban to work for seven years in order to receive Rachel as his wife. But when the seven years are over Laban rewards Jacob with Rachel’s less desirable sister Leah. The tables have been turned and the deceiver has been deceived.

My mother had a little phrase she used to say to us: “Be sure your sin will find you out.” I found out later that it is actually in the Bible (Numbers 32:23). The apostle Paul would say it this way: “A man reaps what he sows” (Galatians 6:7). Our behavior does have consequences. Jacob was learning some important lessons in the school of hard knocks.

Hopefully we are too.


Lord, help us to do unto others as we would have them do unto us. Amen.