FRI. JULY 8 | SOAP DEVOTIONAL | GENESIS 29 – PASTOR SHAUN HOST

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Genesis 29

Jacob Arrives in Paddan Aram

29 Then Jacob continued on his journey and came to the land of the eastern peoples. There he saw a well in the open country, with three flocks of sheep lying near it because the flocks were watered from that well. The stone over the mouth of the well was large. When all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone away from the well’s mouth and water the sheep. Then they would return the stone to its place over the mouth of the well.

Jacob asked the shepherds, “My brothers, where are you from?”

“We’re from Harran,” they replied.

He said to them, “Do you know Laban, Nahor’s grandson?”

“Yes, we know him,” they answered.

Then Jacob asked them, “Is he well?”

“Yes, he is,” they said, “and here comes his daughter Rachel with the sheep.”

“Look,” he said, “the sun is still high; it is not time for the flocks to be gathered. Water the sheep and take them back to pasture.”

“We can’t,” they replied, “until all the flocks are gathered and the stone has been rolled away from the mouth of the well. Then we will water the sheep.”

While he was still talking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep,for she was a shepherd. 10 When Jacob saw Rachel daughter of his uncle Laban, and Laban’s sheep, he went over and rolled the stone away from the mouth of the well and watered his uncle’s sheep. 11 Then Jacob kissedRachel and began to weep aloud. 12 He had told Rachel that he was a relative of her father and a son of Rebekah. So she ran and told her father.

13 As soon as Laban heard the news about Jacob, his sister’s son, he hurried to meet him. He embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his home, and there Jacob told him all these things. 14 Then Laban said to him, “You are my own flesh and blood.”

Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel

After Jacob had stayed with him for a whole month, 15 Laban said to him, “Just because you are a relative of mine, should you work for me for nothing? Tell me what your wages should be.”

16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 Leah had weak[a] eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful. 18 Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, “I’ll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel.”

19 Laban said, “It’s better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me.” 20 So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.

21 Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife. My time is completed, and I want to make love to her.”

22 So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast.23 But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and Jacob made love to her. 24 And Laban gave his servant Zilpah to his daughter as her attendant.

25 When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn’t I? Why have you deceived me?”

26 Laban replied, “It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one. 27 Finish this daughter’s bridal week; then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work.”

28 And Jacob did so. He finished the week with Leah, and then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife. 29 Laban gave his servant Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her attendant. 30 Jacob made love to Rachel also, and his love for Rachel was greater than his love for Leah. And he worked for Laban another seven years.

Jacob’s Children

31 When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved, he enabled her to conceive,but Rachel remained childless. 32 Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben,[b] for she said, “It is because the Lord has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now.”

33 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “Because the Lord heard that I am not loved, he gave me this one too.” So she named him Simeon.[c]

34 Again she conceived, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “Now at last my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” So he was named Levi.[d]

35 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “This time I will praise the Lord.” So she named him Judah.[e] Then she stopped having children.

Devotional

 

Genesis 29
Jacob continues his journey, not only to escape his murderous brothers revenge but to find a wife and marry one of his uncles daughters.  The Lord blessed his trip and he has arrived back in the land of his grandfather Abraham. There are no street signs/town signs to let him know he has arrived so when he sees the shepherds at the well he asks them, ‘where are you from?’ He learns that he has finally arrived at its destination.
It is here where he meets Rachel and it’s love at first sight. You know … that first look at a beautiful person and you fall in love with the outside, not the inside. She runs to let her father know that Jacob has come to them. He becomes a servant for love. Seven years is a long time to wait and labor for love, Yet Jacob did just that when he made that deal with his Uncle Laban.  On the wedding night we see more trickery happening with this family when Leah is substituted for Rachel. Now I’m not sure how you can sleep with someone and not realize who they are but it happened… Maybe he was drunk, maybe it was just black darkness they didn’t have lights back then.. 🤔   (Side note: I’ve read that some scholars believe they were twins and the only clear distinction between the two women were their eyes) I don’t know, but now we see the deceiver is being deceived by his deceptive and manipulating uncle. His uncle knew seven years ago that he had to marry Leah off first but he failed to relay that information to Jacob. He used Jacob and will continue to do so for seven more years.
Again Jacob agrees to wait and work seven more years for the prize of Rachel. Looking for love. Isn’t that what we all do at some point? Yet Jacob was more concerned with her beauty then her character or her love for him. We don’t even see how Rachel feels for him in this whole chapter, it’s never mentioned, maybe she doesn’t even care about him at all. All we see is that Leah felt unloved and unwanted by her husband Jacob. She just wanted him to love her back.
The Lord saw that Leah felt this way and allows her to start bearing children for Jacob. After the birth of each son she hopes and prays that her husband will love her, but that time never comes. So after her fourth boy she named him Judah – meaning praise. “Now I will praise the Lord.” After that she stopped having children.
God was working on Jacobs character. Jacob would work harder than he ever had to before. God took him through some confusing and disappointing times because God was working on him from the inside out. Yes God gave him a promise just like the promises he gives us, but we have to remember that God is in charge and he will remain faithful even when it doesn’t seem like it.
Pastor Shawn said this morning, are we allowing the Holy Spirit To help us see clearly, to look at things with spiritual eyes. Making decisions by faith not by sight. Are we willing to wait for some thing without there being a prize at the end like Rachel.
So my question today comes from our good friend Doug.
Ask yourself….
What is God asking me to wait for today?
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