Who wants to read a story filled with betrayal, deception, jealousy, polygamy and extortion? These look like characteristics that would come from a soap opera or a harlequin novel. But no, this comes from the Bible. The focus of this story will be about Leah in Genesis 29.
Leah was the first wife of Jacob. She was also the oldest daughter of Laban (Jacob’s uncle) and the older sister to Rachel, Jacob’s second wife. The name Leah means “wild cow” or “gazelle” in Hebrew. The only physical characteristic we were given of her is she was tender eyed.
In an act of deception, Leah was given to Jacob by her father, Laban, rather than Rachel – who Jacob was promised to marry. Did Leah have any choice in the matter? Perhaps Leah was being obedient to her father or maybe she also loved Jacob. In verse 26, Laban defended his deception because of the local custom: It is not so done in our place, to give the younger before the first-born. This was not something Jacob was informed of in advance. Especially after living there for seven years, Jacob would have been familiar with this custom, if there really was such; thus it may have been just a lie on Laban’s part. Nevertheless, for Jacob it was irony, since the issue of the firstborn and birthright now entered in as it did with him and Esau.
Are you looking for fulfillment? Do you have a deep void in your heart? Are you longing for something more but you don’t know what you could do to satisfy it? Have you tried tirelessly to fill it with money, entertainment, food, clothes, sex, relationships, drugs etc? Do you have a deep sense of emptiness that won’t go away? We were all made with a void in our heart.
Did you know we were born with an innate hunger for God? Nothing and no one in this world can fill this emptiness, except for God. God is the only one who can satisfy your heart. Only God can supply what our souls deeply desire. We cannot live without God because we were created to enjoy what only He provides. Continue Reading
The book of Ruth is intended as a story of redemption, one based in a very Jewish sense of love. And woven into that story of redemption is a prophecy of the redemption of all Mankind. Continue Reading
- Be a Proverbs 31 Woman
Matthew 15:21-28 “Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.”
Have you ever risen to a challenge? Have you risen to a challenge for a loved one? Continue Reading