Genesis 29:22-23,25-28,30-35 Laban gathered all the men of the place and made a feast. Now in the evening he took his daughter Leah, and brought her to him; and Jacob went in to her... So it came about in the morning that, behold, it was Leah! And he said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Was it not for Rachel that I served with you? Why then have you deceived me?” But Laban said, “It is not the practice in our place to marry off the younger before the firstborn. “Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also for the service which you shall serve with me for another seven years.” Jacob did so and completed her week, and he gave him his daughter Rachel as his wife... So Jacob went in to Rachel also, and indeed he loved Rachel more than Leah, and he served with Laban for another seven years. Now the LORD saw that Leah was unloved, and He opened her womb, but Rachel was barren. Leah conceived and bore a son and named him Reuben, for she said, “Because the LORD has seen my affliction; surely now my husband will love me.” Then she conceived again and bore a son and said, “Because the LORD has heard that I am unloved, He has therefore given me this son also.” So she named him Simeon. She conceived again and bore a son and said, “Now this time my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” Therefore he was named Levi. And she conceived again and bore a son and said, “This time I will praise the LORD.” Therefore she named him Judah. Then she stopped bearing.
Jacob finally reaches the land of Laban and has a chance meeting with Rachel, the beautiful younger daughter of Laban. In order to marry Rachel, he offers seven years of service to Laban and gets married.
Deception does not seem to go far from Jacob either in his own doing or as done to him. He is deceived by his uncle who gives Leah, Rachel's older sister, in marriage to Jacob and he realizes only after he consummates the wedding.
However his uncle makes Jacob an offer to keep Leah as his wife, marry Rachel and serve another seven years. Jacob, so in love with Rachel, agrees and has two wives, one who is beautiful and one who has poor sight, both sisters and both his responsibility.
Unfortunately, Jacob's love for Rachel makes him less considerate of Leah and she is left wanting. God intervenes and opens Leah's womb so that she can have four sons while Rachel has none.
Why does God permit these strange situations and did He not promise to be with Jacob and bless him?
God certainly showed Jacob favor by bringing him to the well where he met Rachel. While it might seem like it would be straightforward, it was not because the land of Haran is large and there were many people and villages there.
The deception of Laban was because he did not want his older daughter to be without husband because of her poor sight. It was selfish and conniving but this was not something Jacob was unfamiliar with because two times he did the very same thing to Esau.
The faith of Leah stands out in this entire passage because she named her sons based on God's goodness and that is a living testimony of her love for her God.
How often do we truly acknowledge God's hand in our lives when He delivers us and what is our response?
At this time, I am encouraged by Leah's faith and thank God that even though I am not deserving of His love, yet He pours blessing and favor into my life and walks with me faithfully even though I don't deserve His love.
I pray that you, as I, will be drawn to acknowledge this Great and Awesome GOD who loves us so dearly and considers us over our unworthiness and wants to love and walk with us.
In His Loving Service,
Exodus 3:7 The LORD said, "I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings.
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