Posted by: wwyeshua | March 24, 2014

JACOB, LABAN, LEAH AND RACHEL – Genesis 29:1-30

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Jacob continued traveling east, to Haran which was a major city in northern Mesopotamia where his grandfather Abraham had lived. 

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It was a very long trip that took him probably about two weeks to complete since it was over 350 miles from Beersheba to Haran.

Just like his mother was chosen to be Isaacs’s wife, He was also hoping to choose a young lady from his grandfather’s family to become his wife.

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Early on a warm afternoon, he came to a well in the fields outside the town of Haran.

He must have wondered if that was the same well that his grandfather’s servant had come to many years before and where he met his mother Rebekah.

Three flocks of sheep were lying in the fields beside the well, waiting for their shepherds to give them water.

There was a large stone covering the well, and the shepherds had to wait until they all were there before they could move it, because it was very heavy.

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So Jacob came up to the shepherds and said, “My friends, where are you from?” “From Haran,” they answered.

“Then you must know my uncle Laban! He is from Haran,” Jacob said. “Yes, we do,” the shepherds answered.

“Is he well?” Jacob asked.

“He is well, indeed,” the shepherds said, “and look, here comes his daughter Rachel now, with his flock of sheep!”

Jacob said, “Let’s roll back the stone so that we can water the sheep.”

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“We can’t,” the shepherds answered. “We have to wait until all the shepherds are here.”

At that moment Rachel arrived with her father’s sheep. When Jacob met Rachel, it must have been love at first sight.

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He walked over to that huge stone over the well and rolled it away by himself.

“Here, now you may water your father’s sheep!” he said to Rachel. Then he kissed her like it was customary in those times. And he told her: “I am your relative. Your aunt Rebekah is my mother,”

Rachel ran home to tell her father all that had happened. When her father heard the news, he ran to meet Jacob. He hugged and kissed his nephew and brought him to his home.

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When Jacob had told his story, Laban said, “You are indeed my own flesh and blood!”

And so Jacob stayed with his uncle’s family for a whole month. Then Laban said to Jacob, “You shouldn’t have to work for me for nothing just because you are my relative! How can I pay you?”

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Now, Laban had two daughters. Rachel was the younger, and Leah was the older. Leah had beautiful eyes, but Jacob was in love with Rachel.

And so Jacob said, “I will work for you for seven years if you will let me marry your daughter Rachel.”

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Laban said, “I would rather give her to you than to anyone else.” And so Jacob worked for his uncle for seven years.

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But to Jacob, the years seemed like nothing at all. Just to be near the one he loved was enough to fill his heart.

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Finally, the day came that Jacob had worked for all those years. At last, Laban gave his daughter Rachel to be married.

There was a great wedding feast. And that night, under a sky of shining stars, Rachel came to Jacob’s tent. She was wrapped from head to foot in layers of veils.

Jacob took her by the hand and led her inside. And that night, in the eyes of God, Rachel became Jacob’s wife, and he became her husband.

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But, when the light of morning came, Jacob awoke to a big surprise.

It wasn’t Rachel he had married at all! It was her sister Leah. With all those veils and it being dark his uncle Laban had tricked him.

Jacob jumped from his bed and ran straight to the tent of his Uncle Laban.

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“You tricked me! You promised me Rachel, but you gave me Leah instead!”

Laban said to him, “It isn’t our custom to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older. Work for me another seven years, and I will give you Rachel as well.”

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So Jacob agreed, and Jacob and Rachel were married at last.

Jacob would have gladly worked a hundred years, because he loved Rachel so much.

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Goodbye, until next time; when we will learn about Jacob and his new family.

Until then, remember to say your prayers obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week. 

 

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