Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Cor. 15:58


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Day 10-- When Jacob Met Rachel

Day 10: Genesis 28-30

Main Characters:
Isaac, Jacob, Rachel, Esau, Leah, Laban, Zilpah, Bilhah

Key Points:
*There is so much in these 2 chapters that I won’t get to write about them all. In the comments, share what you got out of it.

*Isaac blessed Jacob. Didn’t want him to marry a Canaanite woman like his brother did. He told him to marry one of Rebekah’s brother’s (Laban) daughters (Leah/Rachel). Turns out, he had to marry them both. How would you like to be married to sisters? I would think it wasn’t pleasant at times.

*Esau (who had 2 Canaanite wives) married a daughter of Ishmael, his daddy’s brother. It could have been due to the fact that he wanted to make his parents proud. Remember, Esau was the rebel child.

*Rachel was a shepherd. Sometimes we think of biblical women as sitting around the house, fanning until someone came to marry them. We definitely don’t think of them working and especially not as shepherds.

*Jacob agreed to work for 7 years for Laban to marry Rachel. Except he didn’t *marry* her. He got Leah. You can imagine how perturbed that made him, but he didn’t lash out. He calmly told Laban he’d work 7 more years for Rachel. He and Rachel were married the next week. I always feel bad for Leah in that situation. Like Leah in the Twilight books, this Leah wasn’t really wanted.

*For someone not ‘loved’, Jacob sure had a lot of kids with her ;) He must have liked her occasionally ;)

*With Jacob, Leah, Rachel, Bilhah (Rachel’s maid), and Zilpah (Leah’s made) had twelve sons who would eventually be the “Twelve Tribes”.

Verses that Jumped Out at Me:
28:12—Jacob’s ladder

Chapter 29—Jacob meeting Rachel is a very sweet story. He was smitten at first site J

29:20—Patience is the hardest when we need it (Jacob was a very patient feller to work 14 years to marry the woman he wanted). However, it is the KEY to achieving our goal (I need to remember that. Apparently, I think the world is coming to an end soon and I HAVE to get all of these things finished instead of living one day at a time and taking my time on projects. How about you?)

Name the 12 Kids/Tribes of Jacob.

Bonus: (Who was the 13th child named in the Bible?)

Double Bonus: (How do the names in today’s reading pertain to my book, CROSSING THE DEEP? If you don’t know, you can go to amazon and look under the ‘back cover blurb’ J )

Tomorrow’s Reading: Genesis 31-33

*To find the reading plan I’m doing, click on the “Our Reading Plan for 2013” tab.

*On January 31st, I’ll have a giveaway (I’m doing this at the end of every month). It will have to do with the reading (so I hope you’re keeping up ;) ) This month’s prize is an ebook copy of my book CROSSING THE DEEP and a $5 Amazon Gift Card




  1. When I was reading this , I just felt so bad for Jacob. He's in love with a girl, tricked into marrying her sister, and has to keep his duty to her because of their traditions and then also married the woman he loved. Those two women were jealous and resented one another, because women do NOT share well, lol. And they just pulled on him back and forth, each vying for his attention when his heart really only belonged to one. Then they got more jealous of each other and gave their SERVANTS to him. I don't know, if I was him...I'd feel a lot of frustration and kind of used, lol. I know guys joke about having more than one woman, but they just want one person to hold their heart and love them just like a woman. Just shows what happens when jealousy gets the better of us. We do stupid things, lol.

  2. The names were Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Gad, Asher, Dan, Naphtali, Joseph and Benjamin,(Rachel named him Ben-oni).......The 13th child was a girl Dinah.

    Rachel and Asher from your book!!!!!!!!!