In this week’s teaching, Ross covers Genesis 30:22-31:2. It begins with the birth of Joseph, the son of Jacob and Rachel, but quickly moves into Jacob’s request to leave the home of Laban with his women and children. The reading contains a story of Jacob acquiring livestock from the flock of Laban. On the surface it is a strange tale, with what seems to be a folkloric account involving a poplar rod, peeled back to expose the white wood beneath the bark. Behind the stories contained within the reading this week, Ross notes a few themes of redemption that will occur again in the lives of Jacob’s descendants. Do we get a picture of Jacob’s sons in this week’s reading? Joseph’s arrival on the scene, a request to leave servitude, and not leaving empty handed all play into the story. What else does this reading hold for us?

Genesis #27