The theme of today’s passage is promises.
In this story, Jacob is on his way to his uncle’s home. But before that, Esau is mourning his losses and seeks to reclaim, in some way, a blessing he felt was due him.
When Jacob finally arrives in Laban’s land, he encounters a woman with whom he falls madly in love. And that love will lead him to extraordinary lengths to ensure Rachel will be his wife.
Also, in this story, Jacob and Laban begin a close relationship, which will seem peculiar in a future passage. But for now, Jacob seems to have found the home and family that he’s lost.
First, the promises God gives to Jacob as He meets him along the way in a dream. These profound promises will shape the course of history as the line of Abraham continues headed to the ultimate promise—the Messiah, who will deliver the world from sin.