Genesis 29: Jacob gets a couple of wives

June 29, 2023 ·

Summary:
Jacob arrives in Paddan Aram and discovers a well. He engages in conversation with some men, and then Rachel, Laban’s daughter, appears. Jacob falls deeply in love with her. He stays in Laban’s house for a period of time and eventually begins working for him. The agreement is that Jacob would marry Rachel after working for Laban for seven years. However, Laban deceives Jacob by giving him Leah, the older sister who is considered less attractive. Consequently, Jacob is required to work an additional seven years in order to marry Rachel, whom he loves more.

During this time, Leah gives birth to four sons, while Rachel remains unable to conceive. Leah hopes that by having four sons, Jacob will grow to love her more.

Key verses: 

30.  So Jacob went in to Rachel also, and he lovedRachel more than Leah, and served Laban for another seven years. 

31. When the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren.

 

My thoughts:
In modern Western society, there is often an expectation of immediate gratification. This mindset extends to relationships as well, where people may become anxious if they don’t quickly find a boyfriend or girlfriend, fearing they may never get married. In contrast, we can look at Jacob’s story. He had to patiently wait for seven years to marry his desired wife, only to be deceived and forced to wait another seven years. This serves as a reminder that sometimes we place too much emphasis on wanting things to happen quickly, and instead we should learn to accept and trust in God’s timing.

God, recognizing that Leah was not loved by Jacob, showed compassion towards her. As a way of bringing justice, God allowed Leah to bear children while causing Rachel to be barren.

In category:Genesis
Next Post

Genesis 30 : Jacob gets sons and sheep

Summary: Rachel, feeling jealous of Leah's ability to bear children, offers her maidservant, Bilhah, to Jacob, resulting in the birth of two sons. In response, Leah gives her maidservant, Zilpah, to Jacob, who also gives birth to two sons. As…
Read
Previous Post

Genesis 28: Jacob heads off for Paddan Aram

Summary: Isaac tells Jacob to find a wife from Rebekah's family in Paddan Aram, instead of marrying a Canaanite woman. Esau becomes aware of Isaac's disapproval of his Canaanite wife and decides to marry a descendant of Ishmael. During Jacob's…
Read
Random Post

Leviticus 7: More About Offerings

Summary:There's a recap of the guilt offering, then...The guilt and sin offerings belong to the priests. If a fellowship offering is given in thankfulness, then a meat offering is to be presented, accompanied by a variety of cakes and wafers,…
Read
Random Post

Exodus 26 : Tabernacle construction manual

Summary: God commands the construction of the tabernacle using ten curtains of equal size, connected by loops and golden clasps, made from goat's hair. These curtains are to cover a frame made of acacia wood. The structure is to include…
Read
Random Post

Exodus 14 : Through the sea

Summary: God told the Israelites to backtrack to Pi Hahiroth near the sea. The Pharaoh suddenly realizes how many workers he's lost, so he decides to chase all the Israelites with his entire army. When the army comes, the Israelites…
Read
Random Post

Genesis 16: In The Shadow of Sarai

Summary: Sarai, who is unable to conceive, suggests to Abram that he should have a child through her maidservant, Hagar, in the hope of building a family through her. Abram follows Sarai's advice, and Hagar becomes pregnant. However, conflicts arise…
Read
From Dust to Glory is made by Ric Moseley