Getting Away with
Bible Study Lessons from
study lesson for
today is about how the sin of Reuben came back to
haunt him after many years had passed. This is
always the hardest part of being
a Christian - dealing
with our shortcomings.
We most likely will never
commit acts as extreme as Reuben but God sees sin
He didn't get away with it -
and neither do we.
Sleeps with Bilhah
Then they journeyed from Bethel; and when there was
still some distance to go to Ephrath,
began to give birth and she suffered severe labor.
17 When she was in severe
labor the midwife said to her, "Do not fear, for
now you have another son."
18 It came about as her soul
was departing (for she died), that she named him
Ben-oni; but his father called him Benjamin.
19 So Rachel died and was
buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).
20 Jacob set up a pillar over
her grave; that is the pillar of Rachel's grave to
21 Then Israel journeyed on
and pitched his tent beyond the tower of Eder.
22 It came about while Israel
was dwelling in that land, that Reuben went and lay
with Bilhah his father's concubine, and Israel
heard of it.
The Sons of
Now there were twelve sons of
23 the sons of Leah: Reuben,
Jacob's firstborn, then Simeon and Levi and Judah
and Issachar and Zebulun;
24 the sons of Rachel: Joseph
25 and the sons of Bilhah,
Rachel's maid: Dan and Naphtali;
26 and the sons of Zilpah,
Leah's maid: Gad and Asher. These are the sons of
Jacob who were born to him in Paddan-aram.
27 Jacob came to his father
Isaac at Mamre of Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron),
where Abraham and Isaac had sojourned.
28 Now the days of Isaac were
one hundred and eighty years.
29 Isaac breathed his last
and died and was gathered to his people, an old man
of ripe age; and his sons Esau and Jacob buried
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by Bob Pardue
The Things We
As we see in these verses,
Reuben did not see the consequence of his sin and,
as far as he was concerned, the deed was done and
forgotten. But, when Jacob (Israel)
called all his sons to him on his death bed, the
sin once again raised its ugly head.
A bit of History
As the first born son, Reuben
stood to inherit a double portion of the
inheritance and he was to be a leader among his
Sin Always Comes
The sin of sleeping with
Jacob's concubine, Bilhah came back to haunt Reuben
when Jacob later gave his double portion to someone
else because of that one mistake.
The same is true of our sins.
When we do something that displeases God, there is
a good chance it also affects other people - maybe
not today or even next year, but at one point down
I pray that we can learn a
lesson from Reuben's behavior to use in our lives.
Now, this doesn't mean that
we will never sin (we always will) but maybe we can
take a moment of pause to think about the
consequences of our actions before we decide to do
things that might harm others.
The difference between Reuben
and ourselves is that we have Christ
to forgive us when we
fall. Does that mean we should just sin without
Remember, when we decide to
willfully sin, we choose to hurt other people; and
I'll leave you today with
verse 13 of The Lord's Prayer;
lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from
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More Study from the Old
Wrestles with God
and Esau - The Meeting
of Jacob's Sons
Becomes Israel and Returns to Bethel
Verses about the sin of Reuben by New
American Standard Bible - Study lesson from Life
Application Study Bible: New International