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SETTING BOUNDARIES

“Now therefore, come, let us make a covenant, you and I, and let it be a witness between you and me.” (Genesis 31:44, NKJV)
Today, it is common to hear people talk about “setting boundaries.” Usually, this phrase is used in connection with an attempt to cope with a dysfunctional relationship. One individual has continued to hurt another. All attempts to reconcile have failed. There is nothing left to do, but set boundaries – lines that must not be crossed – lines that will protect the other individual from further hurt.
Similar situations have occurred throughout history. One such situation is recorded in Genesis 31. This passage records a very dysfunctional relationship between Jacob and his father-in-law, Laban. Jacob made a deal with Laban to work for him seven years in exchange for his younger daughter, Rachel’s hand in marriage. At the end of the seven years, Laban gave him the older daughter, Leah, instead. Still in love with Rachel, Jacob made a deal to work for Laban another …