Genesis Lesson 19 Day 4

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Genesis 29:21-30

When morning came, there was Leah!

According to Jewish tradition, Leah and Rachel were twins. The reference to Leah’s eyes meant her eyes were red from crying because although the family assumed she would marry Esau, he persisted in his evil ways.

I find this perspective surprising and interesting—The parallel of two sets of twins and an additional reason for God’s compassion toward Leah.

Bible scholars believe Leah wasn’t as beautiful as Rachel. If the young ladies weren’t twins, Leah may have been several years older.

9) Laban deceives and manipulates Jacob.

Perhaps as Jewish tradition believes, Laban knew about Esau and Jacob, and planned all along that Jacob would marry both of his daughters and fulfill Abraham’s covenant with God. He came up with a plan and blamed it on tradition.

Laban certainly knew about the family’s wealth, and when Jacob arrived without gifts, he expected some form of payment.

If this wedding feast was like the wedding in Cana, wine was plentiful. If Jacob had alcohol, and didn’t go in to Leah until well after dark as some commentators suggest, I can see how Laban managed to deceive him. Perhaps he instructed Leah to remain silent or whisper.

In the morning when Jacob discovered the deception, he confronted Laban. “It is not so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn,” he said.

This excuse by Laban basically said, “Well, didn’t we tell you? We don’t do it this way around here. I thought you knew.” The only reason Jacob accepted this clever trick from Laban was because he had no other option.1

10) Describe the multiplied hurt imposed by Laban’s deception.

The wedding feast was for both sisters, so neither one got her own special day.

Rachel’s wedding night was Leah’s wedding night.

Both daughters knew their own father deceived Jacob, their future husband, and set them up for a lifelong rivalry.

Leah knew Jacob made love to her thinking she was Rachel and saw the horror on his face the next morning. She never forgot that moment.

In one week, Jacob went from no wife to two wives. He doesn’t love one of them, so it’s a mess from day one. The next seven years of working for Laban went by slowly, unlike the first seven.

11) Whatever one sows, that will he also reap. (Galatians 6:7)

Jacob reaps a deception very similar to the one he sowed—He deceived Isaac by disguising himself as Esau to make sure he got the blessing. (Genesis 27)

Through Laban, Jacob is sentenced to sow another seven years of hard labor.

12) Sin, God’s forgiveness and consequences

Sin has natural consequences that don’t always go away even when we truly repent. Laban’s relationship with Jacob suffered irreparable damage because of his sin because he did not repent and continued to be controlling, manipulative, and greedy.

We also have sinful behavior patterns that get us into similar situations until we overcome them.

The Lord disciplines us if we don’t pay attention when His Spirit convicts us. He also trains us through circumstances.

There’s even more consequence here than for Jacob’s sin. Rebekah named him Jacob because he held on to Esau’s heal. His name means to follow at the heel, assail, circumvent, or supplant. Also insidious or deceitful. How’s that for training up a child in the way he should go? (Proverbs 22:6)

Rebekah’s preference for Jacob caused her to be more protective of him and his destiny to the point of deceiving Isaac.

Certainly, we also see that despite the behavior modeled by Rebekah, God doesn’t tell Jacob, “it’s not your fault you have this tendency.” Instead, He shows him the consequences of resorting to deception instead of seeking and trusting God.

 


RESOURCES

1 EnduringWord.com used by written permission.
2 AWM Living Commentary used by written permission.
3 Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations from *The ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®) copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
4 Strong’s Concordance, public domain.

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