Jacob Marries Rachel and
Bible Study Lessons --
lesson from the Old
Testament Jacob is
deceived and works seven years to marry the wrong
and the way Jacob deceived him out of his
birthright and blessing?
What goes around
Jacob - Twice!
Laban said to him,
Surely you are my bone and my flesh.
And he stayed with him a month.
Then Laban said to Jacob,
Because you are my relative, should you
therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what
shall your wages be?
Now Laban had two
daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and
the name of the younger was Rachel.
And Leahs eyes were
weak, but Rachel was beautiful of form and
Now Jacob loved Rachel, so
he said, I will serve you seven years for
your younger daughter Rachel.
Laban said, It is
better that I give her to you than to give her
to another man; stay with me.
So Jacob served seven
years for Rachel and they seemed to him but a
few days because of his love for her.
Then Jacob said to Laban,
Give me my wife, for my time is completed,
that I may go in to her.
Laban gathered all the men
of the place and made a feast.
Now in the evening he took
his daughter Leah, and brought her to him; and
Jacob went in to her.
Laban also gave his maid
Zilpah to his daughter Leah as a maid.
So it came about in the
morning that, behold, it was Leah! And he said
to Laban, What is this you have done to
me? Was it not for Rachel that I served with
you? Why then have you deceived me?
But Laban said, It
is not the practice in our place to marry off
the younger before the firstborn.
Complete the week of this
one, and we will give you the other also for the
service which you shall serve with me for
another seven years.
Jacob did so and completed
her week, and he gave him his daughter Rachel as
Laban also gave his maid
Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her maid.
So Jacob went in to Rachel
also, and indeed he loved Rachel more than Leah,
and he served with Laban for another seven
years. - Genesis
Jacob works 14
years in order to marry the one he
Ahhh... The Power of Love!!
Jacob worked for 14 years
just because he was in love with Rachel and wanted
to marry her.
Would you use up 14 years of
your life for the love of a beautiful woman? Wait
... Don't answer that! d:-)
Back to the story
Why Jacob Had to
As presented in the story of
Jacob, the custom in those days was to present the
bride's family with a dowry which was a
compensation to the family as replacement for the
loss of a daughter.
Women performed valuable
services and the family was financially hurt by the
loss of these services.
Jacob was without riches so
did not have a dowry in money or property so agreed
to "work it off" in a sense to pay Laban the
Working long and hard for
something we really want is not a new idea. Some
things are worth waiting for and the end result is
more happiness and a fuller life.
"Good Things Come to Those
Patience is unnatural in
these days of the Internet, cell phones and instant
gratification but if you can just wait a little
longer for things that really matter good things
will come your way.
What Deceit Brings
A twist to the story is the
deception and trick that Laban played on the young
Jacob was fighting
mad when he learned
how Laban had tricked him into working seven years
for a woman he did not care about but still agreed,
for Rachel's sake and for the sake of keeping with
plan for his life ,
to work seven more years in order to marry Rachel.
It all worked out
The irony is that Jacob did
not see a trick played on him in the same light as
a dreadful trick he himself had played earlier in
his life. Remember?
Keep reading ..
Always remember that
judge themselves far
differently than they
judge others. Think
closely about this the next time you are hurt by
someone and are planning revenge.
Revenge and lashing out will
only take away from what God has planned for you
and, believe me, He definitely has a plan for your
Love in Christ
If you have been thinking
about receiving the love and life-changing
experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to
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Power of Esau's Anger
Covenant between God and Jacob
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Rachel and Leah for seven years are from New
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