Friday, February 4, 2022

Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel

Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel
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Isaac and Rebekah sent Jacob back to Rebekah's brother's house, the house of Laban, so that Jacob could find a wife.  Jacob arrives safely to his uncle's house . . . but little does he know what's in store for him.  As Jacob arrives, the shepherds were preparing to water their flocks at the well. Laban's younger daughter, Rachel, is a shepherd.  Jacob meets Rachel when she brings her flock to the well.  It's an emotional meeting as Jacob has now arrived at this destination after a long journey and has met Laban's younger daughter.  When Rachel learns who Jacob is, the son of Laban's sister, she runs to tell Laban.  Laban welcomes Jacob warmly.

Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel

Jacob stays and works for Laban.  After a month, Laban tells Jacob,

Just because you are a relative of mine, should you work for me for nothing?  Tell me what your wages should be.  Genesis 29:15

Jacob loves Laban's younger daughter, Rachel.  Jacob tells Laban that he will work for him for 7 years in return for Rachel.  

I can't help but laugh at Laban's response:

It's better that I give her to you than to some other man. Genesis 29:19

Jacob works for 7 years so that he can marry Rachel, but it doesn't seem like 7 years to him because he loves her.

So Jacob served 7 years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her. Genesis 29:20

After 7 years of work, Jacob asks Laban for Rachel.  Laban throws a big feast that night, but instead of sending Rachel to Jacob, he sends Leah.

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Jacob doesn't realize he has been deceived until the next morning.  In those days, it was common for brides to be sent in to their new husbands veiled. The veils remain in place.  This is the reason Jacob doesn't know it is Leah instead of Rachel until the next morning.

Jacob confronts Laban about his deception.  Laban explains that it is not customary to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older daughter.  He instructs Jacob to remain with Leah for one week, Leah's bridal week.  Then, he will give Rachel to Jacob in exchange for another 7 years of work.

After one week, Laban is true to his word as he gives Rachel to Jacob with the understanding that Jacob must stay and work for another 7 years.

Jacob loves Rachel more than Leah.

God sees that Leah is not loved as much as Rachel so he blesses her with four sons:  Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah.  (Jesus will be born through the bloodline of Judah, through Leah's bloodline, rather than Rachel's.)

Rachel is jealous of Leah because Leah has had children but Rachel has not had any children.  Rachel gives her servant, Bilhah, to Jacob so that Bilhah can have children for Rachel.

Bilhah gives birth to Dan and Naphtali.

Leah realizes that she has stopped having children so she gives her servant, Zilpah, to Jacob so that Zilpah can have children for her.  

Zipah gives birth to Gad and Asher.

Leah and Rachel get into a spat over mandrakes.  Leah's son, Reuben, had gone out to gather some and then brought them to his mother, Leah. Rachel goes to Leah and asks her to give her some of Reuben's mandrakes.  Leah says, "Wasn't it enough that you took away my husband?  Will you take my son's mandrakes too?"

Rachel tells Leah that she can have Jacob for the night in exchange for the mandrakes.  When Jacob returns home from the fields, Leah tells him about the deal.  Jacob stays with Leah.  Eventually, Leah gives Jacob two more sons:  Issachar and Zebulun

Leah also gives birth to a daughter, Dinah.

Finally, God remembers Rachel and gives her a son.  She names him Joseph.

Wow, what a story!  But out of this story comes 11 of the 12 tribes of Jacob.  Later on, these 12 tribes are called the 12 tribes of Israel because God eventually changes Jacob's name to Israel.

The following is a simple chart of all 12 of Jacob's sons and their mothers.  It's a freebie for you.  Simply right click and then save the image to your computer.  (Benjamin is on the chart but he has not been born to Rachel just yet.)

You can read this story from the Bible in Genesis 29 - 30:24 at Bible Gateway here.

Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel

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Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel

Jacob was deceived when Laban brought Leah to him instead of Rachel.  That was tough but remember that it was Jacob who deceived his father, Isaac, into giving him his brother's (Esau's) blessing.  Our Bible patriarch's were far from perfect but we learn so much from their stories.  

You can learn more about Jacob's deception in this post:  Jacob Takes Esau's Blessing
Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel
Jacob Takes Esau's Blessing

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The Perfect Backyard Barbecue: How to Plan the Perfect Family Celebration

Spring is the perfect time for family gatherings and backyard barbecues! So if you're planning on hosting a barbecue party soon, don't worry - we've got you covered. In this blog post, we will provide tips on how to plan the perfect backyard barbecue party that your friends and family will love. We have everything you need to know to make your party a success, from food choices to entertainment ideas!

The Perfect Backyard Barbecue: How to Plan the Perfect Family Celebration

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The Perfect Backyard Barbecue: How to Plan the Perfect Family Celebration

1) Plan ahead!

If you want to ensure that everything goes as smoothly, it's important to plan in advance. This means setting up a date for the party, sending out invitations early so guests have plenty of time RSVPing back with their confirmation status (or decline), and making sure there are enough chairs available seating space around tables, if any food will be served outside on them too! Also, decide what type of menu you'll serve beforehand - whether it's going for something traditional like hot dogs or burgers or veggie options such as salads with fruits added into them instead. Other items may include sides such as potato chips/dutches-style fries, and drinks should also not be forgotten when planning. 

2) Food!

Planning a menu for the party can be difficult, but it's important to consider what you'll serve and how much food you will need beforehand. This includes making sure there is enough seating space around tables if any food will be served outside on them too! Also, if your guest list exceeds 50 people, then it might make sense to hire caterers instead of buying everything yourself because they have more experience than us when it comes to catering events such as these." Also, ensure that all guests know about dietary restrictions or allergies ahead of time before arriving, so everyone knows what not to bring into their dish if necessary. This way, we won't have anyone getting sick during our festivities due to eating something that doesn't agree with them." 

3) Entertainment!

When planning a party, it's important to have some form of entertainment. For example, you could plan an outdoor movie night with family or friends by renting one from Redbox and setting up chairs/blankets in front of your TV screen so everyone can enjoy themselves while watching their favorite films together as well (this works best if there are children at the barbecue since most kids love movies). 

4) Have the grill ready!

No backyard barbecue party is complete without a grill! If you're not the most experienced when it comes to using one, be sure to ask friends or family members for help in getting everything ready before the guests arrive. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to cook food while people are standing around waiting impatiently for it - trust us, we've been there before!" Also, if you're planning on cooking any meats such as hamburgers or hot dogs on the grill, remember to have buns and all of the necessary condiments (ketchup, mustard, relish) readily available so that everyone can assemble their own perfect burger." Be sure to click here to find out about the newest griddle on the market. 

In conclusion, hosting a backyard barbecue party with family and friends is a great way to celebrate the warm weather and enjoy each other's company.


The Perfect Backyard Barbecue: How to Plan the Perfect Family Celebration
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