So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.-Genesis 29:20
Does anyone write love letters anymore? I think it’s a forgotten past-time. With the internet and social media who needs a letter. According to the Huffington Post (dated March 2014) “56 percent of people end their relationship digitally. The most popular option is by text message (25 percent) and over social media (20 percent). Only 11 percent opt for the slightly less heartless email approach.”
The Bible is God’s love letter to His children.
It contains some of the most breathtaking stories of love of all time. The book of Ruth tells the story of a mother and daughter-in-law; friends David and Jonathan in 1Samuel and the Good Samaritan in Luke 10. But perhaps the greatest love story ever told is found in the book of Genesis. It is a story of deceit, jealousy, and desperation.
Jacob meets Rachel at the well and falls in love with her at first sight. Jacob works seven years for Laban, Rachel’s father for her hand in marriage. But on the night of the wedding, Laban deceives Jacob and substitutes Leah instead. Jacob realizes he had been tricked by Laban. Jacob asks, “Why have you tricked me?” His uncle replies, “It’s not our custom here to marry off the younger daughter ahead of the first born.” Jacob agrees to work seven more years for Rachel.
From the moment he met her at the well, Jacob’s heart longed for Rachel.
The Bible says in “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you has a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah 1:5
Our Heavenly Father created us in His image; from the color of our eyes and hair, the shape of our nose, left-handed or right-handed. He loved us from the beginning.
Rachel had Jacob’s love but was unable to conceive a child. She becomes jealous of her sister, Leah who had given Jacob four sons. Out of desperation, Rachel gives him her maid, Bilhah who gave birth to two sons. Little did Rachel know that Leah would do the same thing giving her maid, Zilpah who also gives birth to two sons.
Rachel took matters into her own hands and was not prepared for the consequences that followed.
What situation have you taken matters into your own hands? What were the consequences?
John 3:16 says, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
This is the greatest story of love in the Bible. God loved us from the beginning he sent his son to die for our sins.
His death guarantees the salvation of those who seek him. It is through God’s grace that we are forgiven. If you’ve made a mistake confess to God and repent and do your very best not to make the same mistake again. Ask God to help you along your journey.
The story of Jacob and Rachel ends with her death during the birth of her second son. The one thing Rachel wanted more than anything is the one thing that ended up killing her.
Trusting God is difficult when life seems to be at a standstill and even harder to live with the consequences of taking matters into our own hands. Be patient. God has not forgotten you. He loves you too much to leave you.
Read past posts on Rachel from our “Learning From Their Example” series.
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Tonya Masoner is a part-time legal assistant and full-time school custodian. She enjoys thrift shopping, pizza Sunday’s and binge watching Netflix. She loves telling people-“God’s got a sense of humor… I don’t even drink coffee.” Her Breath on Paper bio can be found here.