God responded to Leah. She became pregnant and gave birth to a fifth son for Jacob. Leah said, “God gave me what I paid for, what I deserved for giving my servant to my husband.” So she named him Issachar. Leah became pregnant again and gave birth to a sixth son for Jacob, and she said, “God has given me a wonderful gift. Now my husband will honor me since I’ve borne him six sons.” So she named him Zebulun. After this, she gave birth to a daughter and named her Dinah.
Then God remembered Rachel, responded to her, and let her conceive. She became pregnant and gave birth to a son and said, “God has taken away my shame.” She named him Joseph, saying to herself, May the Lord give me another son. After Rachel gave birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Send me off so that I can go to my own place and my own country. Give me my wives and children whom I’ve worked for, and I will go. You know the work I’ve done for you.” Laban said to him, “Do me this favor. I’ve discovered by a divine sign that the Lord has blessed me because of you, so name your price and I will pay it.” Jacob said to him, “You know how I’ve worked for you, and how well your livestock have done with me.
Laban said, “What will I pay you?” Jacob said, “Don’t pay me anything. If you will do this for me, I will take care of your flock again, and keep a portion. I will go through the entire flock today, taking out all of the speckled and spotted sheep, all of the black male lambs, and all of the spotted and speckled female goats. That will be my price.
Laban said, “All right; let’s do it.” However, on that very day Laban took out the striped and spotted male goats and all of the speckled and spotted female goats—any with some white in it—and all of the black male lambs, and gave them to his sons. He put a three-day trip between himself and Jacob, while Jacob was watching the rest of Laban’s flock.
Genesis 30:17-29, 31-32, 34-36 CEB
I pray for peace, discernment, clarity, and strength. Help me to both see and act upon all that is needed to steer me clear from drama, and make me a better servant to You. I humbly pray to You this day and every day. Amen.
Now do you see where Rachel and Leah get their crooked ways from? Yes, their father. Never satisfied with their blessings, the three of them will deceive, manipulate, conspire, and bully to get what they want. How crazy is that?
Questions of the Day
1. Would you have committed as many years as Jacob did to working Laban’s farm and cattle, just to marry Rachel?
2. Do you think Jacob would have been so determined and committed to working Laban’s farm and cattle if he didn’t find Rachel to be visually attractive?
3. If Jacob had initially given Leah the attention she craved do you think that she and Rachel would have turned into baby making machines and brokers (remember they had their servants get pregnant by Jacob also)?
4. What lesson(s) have you learned so far from this story?
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