Day 10: Genesis 28-30
Isaac, Jacob, Rachel, Esau, Leah, Laban, Zilpah, Bilhah
*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:
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
Plan for 2013” tab. Reading
*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