Laban’s Deception With His Two Daughters
Laban: You are surely my flesh and bone!
And Jacob stayed with Laban for a month and helped out with all his livestock.
Then Laban spoke one day to Jacob.
Laban: Just because you are my relative, that doesn’t mean you should be working for me for nothing! Tell me what I can pay you.
Genesis 29:14-15 (VOICE)
What Jacob didn’t realize was that Laban was a master schemer who would control his life for the next twenty years.
Now Laban had two daughters. The older daughter was named Leah, and the younger one was Rachel.
There was no sparkle in Leah’s eyes, but Rachel had a beautiful figure and a lovely face.
Genesis 29:16-17 (NLT)
Rachel was unusually beautiful and attractive, and she already impressed Jacob. Leah, the elder sister, was far from beautiful. Her eyes lacked the luster, sparkle, and attractiveness that men admire. Yet Leah was to be established so firmly in sacred history that succeeding generations would have to reckon with her. It would be one of her sons who would be chosen to take his place in the Messianic line.
These four—Laban, Jacob, Leah, and Rachel-were to be significant figures in God’s dealings with and through his chosen people.
Jacob truly loved Rachel.
Since Jacob has no money to pay a bride price, he offers a creative solution to the problem.
Jacob: I’ll make a deal with you. I’ll serve you for seven years in exchange for the hand of your younger daughter Rachel in marriage.
Genesis 29:18 (VOICE)
It was customary in those days to give a bride price for one’s wife. It appears that Jacob had nothing; therefore this agreement to work seven years for Rachel was a good plan.
Laban replied, “Better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay with me.”
So Jacob worked seven years for Rachel, and they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.
Genesis 29:19-20 (HCSB)
In the excitement of that moment of decision, which involved accepting a job and being engaged to a beautiful woman, Jacob failed to notice that Laban made no promise that he would give Rachel to Jacob at the end of the seven years. He only agreed to give him Rachel for his wife.
Once again we see growth in Jacob’s character as he patiently served Laban for seven difficult years. Shepherding isn’t an easy vocation, and seven years is a long time, but Jacob’s love for Rachel took the burden out of the work and caused the time to pass quickly.
It’s been well said that happiness consists of having someone to love, something to do, and something to look forward to; and Jacob had all three.
|Be Authentic (Genesis 25-50)
By Warren W. Wiersbe
Life is full of imitations. Which is why today’s culture genuine, transparent people of God; believers who crave real spiritual growth. But what does that look like? The book of Genesis provides the answer, where we find 3 men who experienced an authentic life: Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. Be Authentic: Genesis 25-50 shows the vital need shows the vital need for authenticity in an artificial world. Through this commentary you will discover how to pursue authentic relationships with others and God and how to live out your faith in an irresistible, compelling way.
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By Moody Publishers
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