“Laban called it Jegar Sahadutha, but Jacob called it Galeed” (Genesis 31:47).
Leban’s language was Aramaic. Jegar Sahadutha, which is Aramaic, means heap of witness.
Jacob’s language was Hebrew. Galeed, which is Hebrew, means heap of witness.
Dishearteningly we learn Laban and his family worshipped false gods by way of physical idols.
We know Jacob and his forefathers worship The One True Living GOD.
In reading the above verse there is a stark contrast between Laban and Jacob. Laban’s language is Aramaic. Jacob’s language is Hebrew. This is an outward representation of two different cultures.
At Babylon Father GOD divided the people into multiple languages and cultures in order to prevent humans from unifying unto their own plans. The heap of witnesses is in parallel between Laban and Jacob.
The LORD wants us to firstly seek Him and His righteousness, and then all else including unity amongst us humans will come together.
Jacob did not compromise and kept to his promises with The Promise Keeper and his earthly pledges to Laban. When Laban kept shifting goal posts, GOD made allowance for Jacob’s rightful departure.
When Jacob departed, similar to days of when Pharaoh chased the Israelites through the Red Sea, Laban chased Jacob, especially since idols had been unknowingly taken by Rachel.
Laban found Jacob. They made a pact with one another with the heap of witnesses as their marker. Neither was allowed to pass that spot unless in a peaceful attitude toward one another.
The LORD loves unity and shalom amongst His children. Father GOD wants love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control to lead the way. Jesus is the way.
Let us do our human best, try hard to keep our eyes on Jesus’ way, truth, life and light as we maintain unity firstly with Father GOD, our family members and then other people here on earth no matter differences.