If you’ve ever felt less-than, not enough, over-looked…if you’ve ever been frustrated that what you want so much seems to come so easily to others, keep reading. You’re not alone, and there’s more to your story. Here’s some encouragement for you.
The love triangle of Jacob, Rachel, and Leah rolls off the pages of the Bible like some kind of big screen movie up for the latest Academy Award. Two sisters in love with the same man. Lies. Deceit. Jealousy.
Except it’s not a movie. The story of Jacob, Leah and Rachel is a true story, and an especially painful one for Leah, overshadowed by her sister, cast as the supporting role rather than the star. However, that’s not what God had in mind for Leah. While, on the surface, she appears to have gotten the broken side of the wishbone, the underlying beauty in Leah’s story earns her a top spot in God’s hall of celebrities.
Two Sisters + 1 Man + 7 Years = A Big Mess
We jump into the story in Genesis 29, and the way the story unfolds is like this:
Jacob, the son of Isaac, the grandson of the patriarch Abraham, is no stranger to getting himself into one deceitful episode after another. In his latest shenanigans, he cheats his brother Esau out of his patriarchal blessing, which is no small deal. Esau is out for blood, and to protect him from Esau’s wrath, Jacob’s mother Rebekah sends him away to ‘find a wife’ from her family line.
As Jacob arrives in his mother’s land, he approaches a well and sees the beautiful Rachel, who ‘happens’ to be a relative and a perfect match for Jacob. Rachel’s family is overjoyed at Jacob’s arrival, and Laban, Rachel’s father, agrees to give Rachel in marriage…if Jacob will work for him for seven years.
Well, Rachel must have been stunning to behold because Jacob is smitten and commits to this agreement. And the Bible tells us in very romantic way that seven years seemed “like only a few days to him because of his love for her” (vs. 20).
Finally, the time has come for Jacob to marry Rachel, and here’s where the story gets juicy. Jacob finally gets a taste of his own deceptive medicine: On his wedding night, Laban secretly gives Leah, the older sister, to Jacob as his wife. not Rachel (don’t ask me how Jacob didn’t catch on to that one). Infuriated, Jacob confronts Laban, who tells him that the older daughter needs to be married first. (That information might have come in handy prior to the big night, don’t you think?) However, Laban says that Jacob can have Rachel, too, – if he works another 7 years, which Jacob agrees to.
Enter the happy home of Jacob and his two sister wives.
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