DECEMBER 5: BETWEEN ME AND THEE

BETWEEN ME AND THEE
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"And Jacob took a stone and set it up for a pillar. And Jacob said unto his brethren, Gather stones; and they took stones and made a heap, and they did eat there upon the heap.
... And Laban said, this heap is a witness between me and thee this day; Therefore was the name of it called Galeed; and Mizpah; for he said, The Lord watch between me and thee when we are absent from another.
This heap be witness and this pillar be witness, that I will not pass over this heap to thee, and that thou shalt not pass over this heap and this pillar unto me, for harm. The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge between us. And Jacob swore by the fear of his father Isaac."
Genesis 31:45-49;52-53

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Today's Read: Genesis 30-32; Psalm 133
Jacob's departure from Laban, his father-in-law, was laden with multiple anxieties:
Having served him faithfully for more than twenty plus years he had secured, as his wives, Laban's two daughters (Rachel and Leah,) and acquired a respectable and notable share of Laban's livestock.
Visibly and obviously Jacob's possessions had multiplied over the years creating an unspoken but realized growing tension between the two men.
Jacob's considerable "accumulations" were dominating and overshadowing Laban's and the loving favor of God was igniting sparks of fear and jealousy in his father-in-law's soul.
Jacob's realization of these realities intersected the timing of a "special dream" where he was instructed by God to return to his homeland with his acquired blessings.
Quietly and secretively Jacob departed with all of his relational and material blessings from his father-in-law's home and three days later, not surprisingly, was overtaken and met by Laban and his entourage of men.
It must be noted that Laban's intersection with Jacob, at this critical juncture, has been slowed in its emotional response by yet another dream from God.
Listen to the words of Laban upon his meeting with Jacob:
"It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt; but the God of your father spoke unto me yesternight saying, Take thou heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad."
Genesis 31:29
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Hmmm ...
Had the dream not transpired on Laban's journey, it is a certainty that the "stones of  Mizpah" and the "story at Mizpah" would never have been realized.
But together, and because of the grace of God, these two men at war with one another are able to make an agreeable and amicable covenant with one another before going their respectable and separate ways.
The process of reconciliation is unfolding so beautifully.
Laban is able to say his "good-bye's" to his family members on friendly terms and a  celebratory feast is unexpectedly held as sacrifices are offered, bread is eaten, and fellowship sustained between "broken" family members.
And the two become one ...
Even while separated by physical proximity and differences.
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Mizpah is a story that speaks to relational grace, and similarly, "Mizpah" should speak to you and me.
Should we not seek to be peacemakers in a world divided by Satan's ploys, tactics, and antics?
Should we not deliberately and intentionally seek to attain to a celebratory feast of likemindedness within the church where Christ's name and His glory are our common and uniting denominators?
Ought not the church to be known for its covenant at Mizpah?
So much to think about and so much "humility" involved.
We must pray to be acitve participants and not verbal spectators in the arena of peacemaking.
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Three Study Suggestions:
1) After today's "read" record a reality that speaks to "you" personally.
2) Consider a "broken" relational story in your life and pray for God to seize it, use it, and display it for His glory.
Pray for a "Meeting of Mizpah."
3) Pray for a spirit of growing humility and surrender and record the name of "Mizpah," along with today's date, on a stone.
Record what God does in this day ... and the days that follow and be obedient.