Once the second contract expired, Jacob was ready to quit and return to his home. How does Laban respond to Jacob turning in his resignation? What power does Jacob have in this third contract negotiation? How do you think Laban’s ongoing treatment of Jacob has changed Jacob? What do you think is Jacob’s motive in staying in this toxic work environment?
Have you ever told your employer to “take this job and shove it?” Even if you just wanted to say it, why did you feel that way? Why do you think people stay in bad work environments?
Laban tried to defraud Jacob of the agreed upon wages while Jacob acted to sabotage Laban’s business through creative animal husbandry. Both men mistrust the other and act to destroy the other. What motivates each of them? Which one is do you think is guilty of the greater sin? What is the greater sin?