Jacob, Rachel, and Leah, by Melissa Gibbs

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.

Something else I found interesting was that the wives of all three of the patriarchs experienced infertility. Was it so that the patriarchs themselves would not be able to take any credit for the lineage they were producing? Was it so that the formation of the nation of Israel would be totally dependent on God and not man? Was it because they needed to trust him to carry out this most basic function of building a family/nation? I don't know, but I do think it has to be more than coincidence that all three of these families went through almost identical struggles.

Tomorrow's reading: Genesis 30:25-31

About Melissa Gibbs:

 

Melissa is the mother of four boys and the wife of her junior high sweetheart, JD.  He is the President of Joe Gibbs Racing and the son of NFL Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs.  JD and Melissa have been married 16 years and are actively involved with Young Life, Motor Racing Outreach, their church, and other ministries.  Their youngest son Taylor is nearing completion of a 3 year treatment protocol for leukemia, which has been a powerful faith walk for their family.  Since his diagnosis, Melissa has been called upon to share their family's testimony with many local churches. Much of her energy is now focused on a huge festival planned for mid May in celebration of Taylor's victory over leukemia and in effort to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer.  If you'd like to check out what she's up to while not blogging, go to www.finishlinefestival.com.

 

Visit Melissa at http://chronologicalbiblein2010.blogspot.com/.

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