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Click here for today’s reading: Genesis 29, 30; Psalms 4; Luke 12
Here is my SOAP for today, Friday, January 12, 2018
(S.O.A.P: Scripture Observation Application Prayer)
Genesis 29 Family reunion of Jacob with his uncle Laban and cousin, Rachel. I could almost see this unfolding as I was reading.
14-30, Jacob works for SEVEN years for Rachel… Ends up with Leah… then Rachel soon thereafter, but is committed to an ADDITIONAL SEVEN years!
30 “Jacob’s love for Rachel “was greater than his love for Leah.”
31 “the Lord saw that Leah was not loved…”
Communication is interesting… 29:30 states “Jacob’s love for Rachel “was greater than his love for Leah.” 31 says it this way, “the Lord saw that Leah was not loved…” I am wondering which is accurate? Did Jacob NOT love Leah, or did he just love Rachel more? I guess the end result is pretty much the same. But then the Lord levels the playing field, allowing Leah to bear children, but not Rachel. Then, BOTH sisters give their servants to Jacob and they BOTH bore him children… and BOTH Rachel and Leah credit God with helping them have those children! Was this OK?
30:15 “Very well,” Rachel said, “he can sleep with you tonight in return for your son’s mandrakes.”
How do you NOT know who you are sleeping with? Was it REALLY dark? Did they NOT speak? Did he not say her name? I mean, he had waited SEVEN years for this moment… Did he NOT say, “Rachel, I have waited for this moment for seven years!”??
Then, almost immediately after he confronts Laban, Laban gives Rachel to him, too…
18 Then Leah said, “God has rewarded me for giving my servant to my husband.” Now THAT’S interesting theology…
I love the story of how Jacob caused his sheep to be born with spots… lol. Just… strikes me as funny… How he cut a deal with Laban, then took advantage of that deal. They were both wheelers and dealers!
I just don’t buy that either Rachel OR Leah was OK with Jacob sleeping with the other… (not to mention sleeping with BOTH of their servants…) AND, somehow BOTH Rachel and Leah thought it was God’s blessing that their servants conceived… by their husband… “on their behalf??”
This sounds like a Lifetime TV movie… with a modern twist… The guy works for an internet startup… falls in love with the CEO’s daughter, who has a sister… and both sisters, who work for the same startup… know that he is sleeping with their personal assistants. CRAZY!
What’s crazy to me is that God was using all of this craziness… for His purposes. This CAN’T be “OK” with God…
I did some *additional research, just to keep things straight in my head as to who’s who, born to whom and in what order… Needed to satisfy my curiosity. See below…
Luke 11:11 is a verse that I would quote to myself when I was running or office (and in any potentially uncomfortable situation where I might be speaking publicly): “When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.” It’s special to me…
So much in Luke 11 about being ready. To me, that’s the bottom line… Be ready. Be kind. And be ready. Be rich toward God. And be ready.
Thank you Lord for my family… I pray that you would bless them abundantly above anything they could ever ask or imagine!
Jacob had twelve sons (that will become known as the Twelve Tribes of Israel.)
Jacob’s first wife, Leah had six sons; Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun.
Jacob and Leah’s maidservant Zilpah had two sons; Gad and Asher.
Jacob and Rachel’s maidservant Bilhah had two sons; Dan and Naphtali.
Jacob and his second wife Rachel had two sons; Joseph and Benjamin.
Jacob’s sons, birth order and mother: