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 September 18, 2018

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Text: Daniel 10-12
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Memory Verse of the Week

“Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
(Genesis 28:15 ESV)

Genesis 29 (ESV)

Then Jacob went on his journey and came to the land of the people of the east. As he looked, he saw a well in the field, and behold, three flocks of sheep lying beside it, for out of that well the flocks were watered. The stone on the well’s mouth was large, and when all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone from the mouth of the well and water the sheep, and put the stone back in its place over the mouth of the well.

Jacob said to them, “My brothers, where do you come from?” They said, “We are from Haran.” He said to them, “Do you know Laban the son of Nahor?” They said, “We know him.” He said to them, “Is it well with him?” They said, “It is well; and see, Rachel his daughter is coming with the sheep!” He said, “Behold, it is still high day; it is not time for the livestock to be gathered together. Water the sheep and go, pasture them.” But they said, “We cannot until all the flocks are gathered together and the stone is rolled from the mouth of the well; then we water the sheep.”

While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherdess. 10 Now as soon as Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother’s brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother’s brother, Jacob came near and rolled the stone from the well’s mouth and watered the flock of Laban his mother’s brother. 11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel and wept aloud. 12 And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father’s kinsman, and that he was Rebekah’s son, and she ran and told her father.

13 As soon as Laban heard the news about Jacob, his sister’s son, he ran to meet him and embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his house. Jacob told Laban all these things, 14 and Laban said to him, “Surely you are my bone and my flesh!” And he stayed with him a month.

15 Then Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?” 16 Now Laban had two daughters. The name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 Leah’s eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful in form and appearance. 18 Jacob loved Rachel. And he said, “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.” 19 Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to any other man; stay with me.” 20 So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.

21 Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed.” 22 So Laban gathered together all the people of the place and made a feast. 23 But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and he went in to her. 24 (Laban gave his female servant Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her servant.) 25 And in the morning, behold, it was Leah! And Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?” 26 Laban said, “It is not so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn. 27 Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years.”28 Jacob did so, and completed her week. Then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife. 29 (Laban gave his female servant Bilhah to his daughter Rachel to be her servant.) 30 So Jacob went in to Rachel also, and he loved Rachel 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. 32 And Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben,for she said, “Because the Lord has looked upon my affliction; for now my husband will love me.” 33 She conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Because the Lord has heard that I am hated, he has given me this son also.” And she called his name Simeon. 34 Again she conceived and bore a son, and said, “Now this time my husband will be attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” Therefore his name was called Levi. 35 And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, “This time I will praise the Lord.” Therefore she called his name Judah. Then she ceased bearing.

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  1. So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her. Genesis 29:20

    Love Is In The Air

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    When Jacob sees Rachel for the first time he was so smitten by her that after rolling the stone from the well's mouth and watering the flock of Laban his mother's brother, he "kissed Rachel and wept aloud" (Genesis 29:10-11). After Jacob told her who he was, she ran and told her father, Laban. What a love story! Jacob has found his wife!

    Hold the bubbly . . . 

    Laban had two daughters. Leah, who was older, is described as having "weak eyes" while Rachel was beautiful in form and appearance. Jacob agrees to serve Laban for seven years so he can marry Rachel, the younger daughter. I love reading how the seven years of service seemed like a few days because of the love he had for her (Genesis 29:20).

    You know you're in love when seven years seems like a few days!

    Cue the bubbly? Not yet . . . 

    Laban gathers together all the people of the place and made a feast and in the evening did the 'ol "switcheroo" and took his daughter Leah to Jacob and he slept with her (Genesis 29:23). That must have been quite a celebration – and Jacob must have been a tad under-the-influence because it wasn't until morning when he realized Laban deceived him and gave him Leah instead of Rachel. Sounds like something for a Soap Opera!

    Laban uses the excuse that "It is not so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn" (Genesis 29:26) but from the description of Leah, she might have had trouble finding a husband and it was more than just cultural custom that caused Laban to do the bait and switch. 

    broken heart

    And then this "loving uncle" tells Jacob, "Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years" (Genesis 29:27). Another seven years? Jacob agrees and "completes her week" and then Laban gives Rachel to Jacob and he served him another seven years.

    It's interesting that Genesis 29:30 says that Jacob loved Rachel more than Leah but in the next verse it says, "When the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren." This reminded me when Jesus spoke about not being able to serve two masters – you'll "hate the one and love the other" or "be devoted to the one and despise the other" (Matthew 6:24).

    Leah thought that Jacob would love her because she could have his children while Rachel could not. First she bore a son named Ruben. Then she had three more sons, Simeon, Levi and Judah – all with the hope that Jacob would love her. 

    And then the chapter just ends. Just like that. What a cliffhanger!

    Cue the announcer voice . . . 

    Will Jacob love Leah? Will Rachel have Jacob's children? Will Jacob give his beautiful wife to another man so things go well with him? Tune in tomorrow for another episode of "Walking Through Genesis, One Chapter At A Time."

    It should be painfully obvious through the first twenty-nine chapters of the Bible that deception and manipulation are ingrained in the human condition. It's who we are in our sin nature and what we do by default. We may not find ourselves in the same situations as those who were living in the days of Genesis but not much has changed, has it?

  2. I've had a problem with my temper forever. Like deceit is a part of the sinful human nature, so is revenge.

    When my blood starts to boil, it's usually out of frustration. Often it is when someone refuses to see that their actions are causing the problem when they would rather blame someone or something else rather than admit their mistake.

    It's times like these when I need to remember that the only words or actions I can control are my own, and I want them to be what God expects of me.

    Lately it seems that these are the times I am "held to the flame," when before, I thought in terms of really big problems when I heard those words. I've just realized that being held to the flame doesn't have to mean catastrophic events in my life, but tests of my faith everyday.

    I'm praying for the ability to remain calm, think and speak (not yell) the way God would want me to, and to remember that there are many negative facets of the human condition due to sin, but I can decide to act as a Christian should in any given situation, and that I don't have to give in to my emotions. 

  3. I feel bad for Leah, she was used to deceive Jacob, and Jacob couldn't love her. She bore his children in a loveless marriage. But then I also feel bad for Rebekah. God blessed Leah with fertility and not Rebekah, which brings up feelings in me about fertility in women (for me and those I know). God's plan can sometimes seem unfair to us humans. Rebekah had love and beauty but no children, and Leah had children but no Love. 

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