Posted by: wwyeshua | March 31, 2014

JACOB’S CHILDREN – Genesis 29:31 – 30:24

Jacob's Children

God saw that Jacob loved Rachel more than Leah. But God loved both Leah and Rachel and it was not Leah’s fault that her father Laban had given her in marriage to Jacob first. ??????????????

So God blessed Leah and soon she was going to have a baby. Leah was very happy and thought that now Jacob would love her more. 

The time passed and the day came when Jacob became the father of a ??????????????beautiful baby boy. This was he first child and Leah named him Ruben. In those times names of people had a meaning and Ruben means: “God has seen my unhappiness”.  

Rachel wanted children, but did not have any. She had the same problem her aunt Rebekah and her grandmother Sarah had. Do you remember? Growing family 

Even after the first baby, Jacob stilled loved Rachel more than Leah, so Leah prayed: “Dear God, if I had another baby, maybe Jacob would love me then, please hear my prayer, and answer me.” 

And sure enough, God did hear her prayer, and she had another baby. She named him Simeon, which means, “God hears.” 

Growing familyBut still, Jacob didn’t love her any more. So she had another baby boy which she named Levi. That means “Attached.” Jacob will surely be attached to me, now that I have given him three sons,” she thought. 

And after a while, she had another baby. She praised God for his goodness to her, and named him Judah, which means “Praise God!” ??????????????

What significance does the name of Judah have in the Bible? It is from the descendents of Judah where Jesus would come to earth many, many years later. So Judah had a very appropriate name. Praise the Lord! 

Time went by and Rachel still was not able to give Jacob any children. 

She was getting very jealous of her sister cuddling and playing with her babies and she also was getting very envious because Jacob was spending more and more time with Leah and his children. She was getting afraid that Jacob would stop loving her. 

So one day, she got pretty angry and told Jacob: “Give me children, or Growing familyI’ll die!” Well Jacob was angry also and told her: “It’s not up to me whether you are able to have a baby or not. Only God can do that!” 

Rachel however was desperate, so she said, “Then marry my servant, and have a baby for me by her.” And so Jacob married Rachel’s servant, and soon they had a son. ??????????????

Since her servant Bilhah belonged to Rachel, she now had a baby that she could call hers. So she named her servant’s baby Dan, which meant, “God has judged in my favor.” 

??????????????Some time passed and Rachel’s servant had another baby. Rachel said, “Now I am starting to win this fight with my sister!” She named her new son Naphtali, which means “Wrestling.” 

It seemed like Rachel and Leah were in competition. They were trying to see who could have the most babies, to see who Jacob would love best. 

Now Leah was the one, watching Rachel bouncing a new baby on her Growing familyknee. And Jacob was spending more time with Rachel again. Leah saw how happy Jacob was. 

This didn’t sit too well with her. So she said to Jacob, “Here, you can marry my servant Zilpah and have even more babies with her!” 

“Okay,” Jacob said.  

??????????????And soon Jacob had another son. Leah named her new son Gad, which means, “God has given me good fortune.” 

Soon, Leah’s servant had another baby. Leah said, “How happy I am! Now other women will call me ??????????????happy too!” And so she named her new son Asher, which means “Happy.” 

Now Jacob was the proud father of 8 boys! Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher. 

It was harvest time, and Leah’s son Reuben went out into the fields and found some mandrakes which he brought to his mother Leah. Rachel loved mandrakes so she said to Leah, “Please give me some of your son’s mandrakes.” “Isn’t it enough that you are trying to steal my husband, now you want my son’s mandrakes too?” 

Growing familyRachel said to Leah, “If you let me have some mandrakes, you may spend the night with Jacob, and maybe you will be able to have another baby.”  

And so that night Leah and Jacob were together, and God blessed them. They did have another baby. “God has rewarded me with another child!” Leah said, and so she named the baby Issachar, which means “Reward.” Growing family

Leah had another baby after that! It was her sixth son. “What a wonderful gift God has given me!” she said, so she named the baby Zebulun, which means “A precious gift.” 

Growing familyAfter that Lead had another baby but this time it was a girl and she named her Dinah. 

After all this time Rachel still did not have a baby of ??????????????her own and I am sure that Rachel was praying to the Lord and God heard her, He had not forgotten about Rachel. And so He blessed her, and at long last she had a baby of her own. Rachel named her new baby Joseph, which means, “God has taken away my shame.” 

Jacob was now the father of twelve; Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Dinah, and Joseph. 

As we will see a little later on, Joseph was going to change their lives forever. 

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Goodbye, until next time; when we will learn about what happened between Jacob and Laban.

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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