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Jacob, Rachel, and Leah, Genesis 28:6-30:24
Are you beginning to see some familial patterns here?!!! Just as Jacob
deceived his father and brother to get what he wanted, Laban resorts to
the same methodology in his dealings with his future son-in-law. The
saying "what goes around comes around" seems to apply. Jacob is tricked
into marrying the less desirable Leah before he is able to wed his true
love, Rachel. So as in the home of his father, and his father before
him, favoritism abounds with all the ensuing dysfunction. With Abraham
and Isaac, the favoritism concerned the children (and that is to come
with Jacob as well), but initially the family drama here revolves
around the two sisters. Leah knows that she is not loved by her husband
and feels understandable insecure. Rachel is unable to produce
children, and also feels understandably insecure. It is interesting to
note that the first three of Leah's children are named according to her
quest for Jacob's love. Her fourth son, however, is named Judah,
meaning "Now I will praise the Lord!" And it is into the tribe of Judah
that Jesus will be born. At this point, hand-maidens (concubines) get
in on the child-production competition (sound familiar?). Finally,
Rachel gives birth to Joseph, who will become his father's favorite.
That is another story for another time, but one we all recall from
Sunday school. It is the classic illustration of favoritism gone bad.
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