Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Jacob, Leah, and Rachel: Unity at Last!

So Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field, to his flock, and said to them, “I see your father’s countenance, that it is not favorable toward me as before; but the God of my father has been with me. And you know that with all my might I have served your father. Yet your father has deceived me and changed my wages ten times, but God did not allow him to hurt me.

14 Then Rachel and Leah answered and said to him, “Is there still any portion or inheritance for us in our father’s house? 15 Are we not considered strangers by him? For he has sold us, and also completely consumed our money. 16 For all these riches which God has taken from our father are really ours and our children’s; now then, whatever God has said to you, do it.”
Genesis 31:4-7 and 14-16, NKJV

Jacob, Leah, and Rachel: Unity at Last!

In our Bible passage from Genesis 31, we are given a different view of Rachel and Leah. Life was not always a life of conflict.  When Jacob called the two sisters together and reviewed his reasons for needing to leave, they had no argument. As a matter of fact, one has to feel a little sorry for the girls. Their father, Laban, seemed to just use them as chattel, and then, after more than 20 years, he was ready to let them leave with nothing.

The girls agreed with Jacob, "For all these riches which God has taken from our father are really ours and our children's; now then, whatever God has said to you, do it."

The two women, Rachel and Leah, are now both in their mid-lives--probably in their 40's. One certainly gains a different view of life as one gets older. While the girls agreed with Jacob that their father was in the wrong, they did understand that the things that Jacob now possessed were not stolen from their father, but rather, were gifts from God.

What mature insight they showed. How do we view our past? Are we angry and bitter over what has gone before--blaming all of our troubles on others? Do we actually believe we would be much happier if things had gone differently for us?

As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, let us not fall into the thought patterns of those of this world. It is easy to blame others for all of the difficulties we face--and we all will face difficulties! What is the proper response for Christians? As believers, we understand that all of our days are ordered by the Lord. 

A man’s heart plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.

Proverbs 16:9, NKJV

If it is truly God who directs our steps, then our anger and our bitterness are really directed at Him! Why does God send or allow troubles to come into the lives of His children? 

We worship a kind and loving God who orders our life in such a way that our difficulties and troubles will draw us closer to Him. He is gradually helping us to let go of the things of this world and cling more solidly to Him. In His kindness and love, He knows that true peace, joy, and happiness are only found in Him.

Do you think that the Rachel and Leah are beginning to understand this principle as well?

As we read the story of Rachel and Leah, let us remember that they have now been in the presence of the Lord for literally thousands of years. Our life on this earth is so very, very short. Let us, then, set our hearts and minds on the Lord Jesus Christ.

It is Christ who has saved us, Who keeps us, and Who will bring us to live with Him forever!

Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!

God Bless You,
Linda


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