Read Genesis 31
Focus on verse 32
Rachel may have been beautiful, but it seems she was also the daughter of her father Laban. She had likely observed how deceptively Laban had treated Jacob, and it would appear she was not above adopting some of Laban’s methods. In today’s reading we observe her stealing from her father, hiding the deed from her husband, and lying to keep from being discovered.
Laban had gone to shear his sheep, and Rachel stole her father’s household gods. And Jacob tricked Laban the Aramean, by not telling him that he intended to flee. (v. 20-21)
It would also seem that Jacob unwittingly pronounces a death sentence upon Rachel when he says,
“the one with whom you find the gods shall not live” (v. 32).
It is not long after this that Rachel dies giving birth to Benjamin. While it would likely be a exegetical stretch to suggest that God carried out this death sentence because of Rachel’s deception, there are some principles in the scriptures which suggest that sin always has consequences, no matter how well we think we have it hidden. God sees all things, nothing escapes His notice, yet we have this tendency, which we inherited from Adam and Eve, to try to cover up our sin and to run and hide in the bushes when we hear God coming. What we fail to realize is that God is not coming to punish us, but to restore the relationship we have broken with Him. It is always better to just come clean before God… to throw ourselves upon His mercy in genuine repentance? This is always a wiser course of action because it releases us from the guilt and shame that always accompanies our sin causing a rift in our relationship with God.