Revelation of God
The LORD speaks to Jacob and Laban through dreams and directly. He guides and directs Jacob, promising to be with him. This is in accordance with his covenant promise to Jacob’s family.
Strained relationships, distrust, and trickery continue. Laban does not worship the LORD, but has “gods” that can be stolen and probably carry rights to inheritance. Laban puts his hope and trust in his material wealth and blessing, leading him to exchange the worship of the true God (who clearly witnessed of himself through Jacob) for gods that don’t have any power. He served money as his master, and this led him to cheat Jacob 10 times, because he cared more about money than family. He even sold his own daughters and devoured their money.
Jacob didn’t have to worry about or put his hope in money, because God had promised him an inheritance and providentially provided for him. Christ is the ultimate heir of the promise to Abraham, and he inherited all of God’s full blessing; everything belongs to him. By faith in Christ and in his sacrificial work on our behalf, we can be forgiven for our hope in and dependence on money and be united with Christ as co-heirs of the ultimate inheritance. We don’t have to be anxious about money or be led to acquire it dishonestly because God has promised to take care of our needs in the present and has made us heirs of his kingdom in the future.
We should not seek dishonest gain or be blinded by money. We should seek to be obedient to God, trusting his providence, making wise decisions.