Fellowship and Remembrance

 •  3 min. read  •  grade level: 9
Genesis 31:43-5543And Laban answered and said unto Jacob, These daughters are my daughters, and these children are my children, and these cattle are my cattle, and all that thou seest is mine: and what can I do this day unto these my daughters, or unto their children which they have born? 44Now therefore come thou, let us make a covenant, I and thou; and let it be for a witness between me and thee. 45And Jacob took a stone, and set it up for a pillar. 46And Jacob said unto his brethren, Gather stones; and they took stones, and made an heap: and they did eat there upon the heap. 47And Laban called it Jegar-sahadutha: but Jacob called it Galeed. 48And Laban said, This heap is a witness between me and thee this day. Therefore was the name of it called Galeed; 49And Mizpah; for he said, The Lord watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another. 50If thou shalt afflict my daughters, or if thou shalt take other wives beside my daughters, no man is with us; see, God is witness betwixt me and thee. 51And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap, and behold this pillar, which I have cast betwixt me and thee; 52This 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. 53The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge betwixt us. And Jacob sware by the fear of his father Isaac. 54Then Jacob offered sacrifice upon the mount, and called his brethren to eat bread: and they did eat bread, and tarried all night in the mount. 55And early in the morning Laban rose up, and kissed his sons and his daughters, and blessed them: and Laban departed, and returned unto his place. (Genesis 31:43‑55)
How wonderfully we can trace the overruling goodness of God in caring for His poor, failing child Jacob. Surely this should strengthen our hearts and give us to realize that the Lord never changes in His love for His people. It is good for us to look back from time to time and trace the goodness of God in our lives and then to thank Him. Then we can raise our “Mizpah” like Jacob and say, “The Lord watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another.” We know He will watch over us and care for us all along the way. There is a word here for any of our dear young people who are leaving home to go to school or to work. You can count on His loving care for yourself, and for your loved ones, while you are sep­arated from them. Let us remember also that the Lord watches us, and we need to walk before Him if we are going to have His blessing.
Just a little word before we leave this touching scene. Jacob “offered sacrifice upon the mount, and called his brethren to eat bread” before they parted. How happy it would make your parents and loved ones if, before you parted and left them for your path in life, they had the assurance that you were truly saved — that the one Perfect Sacrifice of Christ on Calvary had put your sins away. What an immense blessing it would be, both to yourself and to them, knowing that while you are “absent one from an­other” there would be a meeting day coming, and if not here on earth, it would be in the glory above.
Remembering the Lord in His Death
Then too, “they did eat bread” be­fore they parted, and surely this would bring to our minds how the early dis­ciples met together on the first day of the week to “break bread” (Acts 20:77And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. (Acts 20:7)). They did this in answer to the Lord’s dying request to His own, “This do in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22:1919And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. (Luke 22:19)). Per­haps your parents know that you are under the shelter of the precious blood of Christ, and no doubt this has made them very happy, but have you stopped there? If you have, you are missing a great deal, for the Lord Jesus who gave Himself for you has asked His own to remember Him till He comes (1 Corinthians 11:26). Can we deny Him the desire of His heart? You cannot tell what joy it will give the Lord, as well as to the hearts of your loved ones, to know that you are both sheltered by “the Sacrifice” and “eating the bread” (saved, and remembering the Lord in His death) until it is true in your own life. Do not do it just to please others — no, never — but how much happier the parting would be if you were truly seeking to please the Lord in this, as well as in all you do. So here, after this had taken place, “Laban rose up and kissed his sons and his daughters and blessed them: and Laban departed, and returned to his place.” As far as we know from the Scriptures, he never saw them again, but no doubt that what took place there at Mizpah would often come back to his mind, and com­fort his heart, as well as the hearts of his children.
Lo! our Saviour never slumbers,
Ever watchful is His care;
Though we cannot boast of numbers,
In His strength secure we are.
Sweet their portion,
Who our Saviour’s kindness share.
Further Meditation
1. What did Jacob do before he departed?
2. Jacob and Laban had this one last opportunity to “eat bread” together. Why does the Lord want us to remember Him often, such as every first day of the week?
3. If you’ve been thinking on the subject of remembering the Lord, you might find listening to the Audio CD The Lord’s Table, the Lord’s Supper, and the Camp by J. N. Hyland a help in getting the subject clear in your soul.