In The Beginning God Part 17

Kingwell By Kingwell, 27th May 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2y3yv245/
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Jacob goes to live with his uncle Laban and falls in love with his cousin Rachel, his uncle's youngest daughter.

Jacob's Love For Rachel.

Jacob continues on his journey seemingly without further incident and one day he comes upon a field with a well. The well, he noticed had a large stone at its mouth and there were three flocks of sheep lying by it. As he watched the shepherds rolled away the stone, watered the flocks, than replaced the stone. After chatting with the men, Jacob soon learned that they were from Haran and that they knew his uncle Laban, in fact they said his daughter Rachel is now coming with her father’s sheep. When his cousin approached Jacob immediately rolled away the stone and watered his uncle’s flock. He then kissed Rachel and told her that he was Rebekah’s son. The girl ran at once to get her father who hurried over and welcomed him, bringing him quickly into his house.
After about a month of living there and helping with the chores, Laban called him aside and said “Because thou art my brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me for nought? Tell me what shall thy wages be”? Genesis 29: 15. Jacob, it seems knew exactly what he wanted! Laban had two daughters Leah the eldest, and Rachel, who he had first met at the well. Jacob loved Rachel and tells Laban that he will serve him for seven years if he will give him Rachel’s hand in marriage. Laban is pleased and the matter is settled.

Laban Deceives Jacob.

Since his love for Rachel is so great, the seven years go by quickly and soon Jacob comes looking for his wages. Laban gathered all the men of the place together and held a great feast but that evening, he took his daughter Leah to Jacob who went into the bridal chamber and spent the night with her, not knowing that he had been conned until the morning! Considering that Jacob loved Rachel so much that he had served her father for seven years apparently without complaint, one would think that he would have known that he had the wrong sister! Was Jacob perhaps drunk after the party, where doubtless the wine flowed like water? Maybe he didn’t see his bride in the darkness of the room and could Leah possibly have had laryngitis? We will never know the truth of course, but it seems that Jacob was furious with his uncle over the deception!
“What is this thou hast done unto me? Did I not serve with thee for Rachel? Wherefore hast thou beguiled me? And Laban said, it must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn”. Genesis 29: 25-26. The older man had a solution. Jacob would spend one week with Leah after which, Laban would also give him Rachel to be his wife – the only catch was that Jacob must serve him for another seven years! Maybe Jacob was not ready to go home yet, for he agreed to the proposition and settled in for another seven years, this time with his two wives and their maids.

More Wives For Jacob.

It appears that because Jacob loved Rachel more than her sister, God decided to teach them both a lesson for while Rachel was barren, Leah gave Jacob four sons in a row. Leah of course, knew that Rachel was the favored one yet each time she bore a son, she hoped that her husband would love her more. In any case she no doubt gloated over the fact that Rachel could not have children, yet it seemed that if Jacob spent just one night with her, she would be pregnant again - and always with a son! After Leah’s fourth son was born, Rachel who had always been jealous of her sister now had more than she could tolerate. She gave Jacob orders to have sex with her maid Bilhah that she might have children by her maid. The maid became pregnant and in the allotted time gave birth to a son and then a second son. Rachel was now happy and considered the two boys as her own sons. Leah in the meantime, realizing that she wasn’t having any more children, and perhaps to get even with her sister, gave Jacob her maid Zilpah to be his wife. We are not sure how Jacob managed to get any work done for in due course Zilpah also bore him two sons!

Joseph Is Born

In the meantime Jacob and Leah’s eldest son Reuben, found mandrakes in a field and brought them to his mother but Rachel demanded that Leah give them to her. Now it was Leah’s turn to be angry, after all she knew that it was Rachel that Jacob loved, and it was in her bed that he spent his nights while she lay sleepless and alone. “Is it not a small matter” she cried, “that thou hast taken my husband? And wouldest thou take away my son’s mandrakes also? And Rachel said, therefore shall he lie with thee tonight for thy sons mandrakes. And when Jacob came out of the field in the evening and Leah went out to meet him and said thou must come in unto me for surely I have hired thee with my son’s mandrakes. And he lay with her that night “.Genesis 30:15-16. Sure enough Leah got Pregnant again and gave Jacob a fifth son. Whether Reuben or another of Leah’s sons found more mandrakes is something we will never know but Leah did have a sixth son and later on a daughter. By this time God must have felt that Rachel had suffer enough for she finally got pregnant and had a son to whom she gave the name Joseph.
Jacob finally decides that it’s time to go home and asks Laban for leave to take his wives and children and return to his father’s house.
TO BE CONTINUED See Part 18
See Part 1

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author avatar Retired
27th May 2015 (#)

Great story. Following...

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author avatar Kingwell
27th May 2015 (#)

Thank Joyesh. Blessings.

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author avatar spirited
27th May 2015 (#)

that's complicated stuff here Kingwell, I had to read it twice to follow the bed-hopping properly.

What a saga.

I don't know why the church talks so strongly about marriage, and its sanctimony, as it does these days, after these types of sordid beginnings.

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author avatar Kingwell
27th May 2015 (#)

Thank spirited and yes quite a saga for sure. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
27th May 2015 (#)

there was no sisterly love their the oldest knew he loved rachel even before they got married.

Jacob certainly had a harem, while these women waiting on him until he was good and ready to come to them

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author avatar Kingwell
27th May 2015 (#)

Thanks Carol and good comment. Blessings

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author avatar Retired
28th May 2015 (#)

A terrific piece. Always keep it up!

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author avatar Kingwell
28th May 2015 (#)

Thank you Jessica. Blessings.

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author avatar brendamarie
29th May 2015 (#)

always a joy to read your work Kingwell

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author avatar Kingwell
29th May 2015 (#)

Thank you brendamarie. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th May 2015 (#)

Interesting to know all these Kingwell, the feelings are the same everywhere. The men will never have such good times any longer!

I am reminded of a tale I used to hear in India. The family would show a beautiful daughter and get others married off rather easily. Man and woman relationship is always complex or rather woman, woman relationship (now that all others have commented)! siva

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author avatar Kingwell
29th May 2015 (#)

Thanks Siva and I agree, it is the same everywhere. It just goes to show that we are all one. Blessings.

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