Genesis 29 (ESV)
Then Jacob went on his journey and came to the land of the people of the east. 2 As he looked, he saw a well in the field, and behold, three flocks of sheep lying beside it, for out of that well the flocks were watered. The stone on the well’s mouth was large, 3 and when all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone from the mouth of the well and water the sheep, and put the stone back in its place over the mouth of the well. 4 Jacob said to them, “My brothers, where do you come from?” They said, “We are from Haran.” 5 He said to them, “Do you know Laban the son of Nahor?” They said, “We know him.” 6 He said to them, “Is it well with him?” They said, “It is well; and see, Rachel his daughter is coming with the sheep!” 7 He said, “Behold, it is still high day; it is not time for the livestock to be gathered together. Water the sheep and go, pasture them.” 8 But they said, “We cannot until all the flocks are gathered together and the stone is rolled from the mouth of the well; then we water the sheep”. . . Continue Reading
Pop the Bubbly?
I love that as soon as Jacob sees Rachel for the first time he was so smitten by her that after rolling the stone from the well’s mouth and watering the flock of Laban his mother’s brother, he “kissed Rachel and wept aloud” (Genesis 29:10-11). After Jacob told her who he was, she ran and told her father, Laban. What a love story! Jacob has found his wife!
Hold the bubbly . . .
Laban had two daughters. Leah, who was older, is described as having “weak eyes” while Rachel was beautiful in form and appearance. Jacob agrees to serve Laban for seven years so he can marry Rachel, the younger daughter. I love reading how the seven years of service seemed like a few days because of the love he had for her (Genesis 29:20).
Pop the bubbly?
Laban gathers together all the people of the place and made a feast and in the evening did the ‘ol “switcheroo” and took his daughter Leah to Jacob and he slept with her (Genesis 29:23). That must have been quite a celebration – and Jacob must have been a tad under-the-influence because it wasn’t until morning when he realized Laban deceived him and gave him Leah instead of Rachel.
Laban then explains to Jacob, “It is not so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn. 27 Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years” (Genesis 29:26-27).
Complete the week with “this one?” You mean the one with the “weak eyes?” Jacob agrees and “completes her week” and then Laban gives Rachel to Jacob and he served him another seven years.
It’s interesting that Genesis 29:30 says that Jacob loved Rachel more than Leah but in the next verse it says, “When the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren.” This reminded me when Jesus spoke about not being able to serve two masters – you’ll “hate the one and love the other” or “be devoted to the one and despise the other” (Matthew 6:24).
Leah thought that Jacob would love her because she could have his children while Rachel could not. First she bore a son named Ruben. Then she had three more sons, Simeon, Levi and Judah – all with the hope that Jacob would love her.
And then the chapter just ends. Just like that. What a cliffhanger!
Cue the announcer voice . . .
Will Jacob love Leah? Will Rachel have Jacob’s children? Will Jacob give his beautiful wife to another man so things go well with him? Tune in tomorrow for another edition of “A Walk Through Genesis, One Chapter At A Time.”
Thank you for reading my daily online journal today. Far from commentaries these are just my initial thoughts after reflecting on what I’ve read from a chapter in God’s Word each morning. This not only helps me apply what I’ve read because I’m reflecting and sharing instead of only reading but it also allows me to encourage others to prayerfully consider doing the same.
In His Care,