“When God saw that Leah was unloved, He opened her womb, but Rachel remained barren” Genesis 29:31, NKJV. Leah’s story is quite intriguing. Forced to marry Jacob who instead loved her sister, she had to endure her husband’s indifference for most of her life.
When a man is ready to settle down and finds the woman who he has chosen to be his wife, he goes into a sort of “hunting” game. Jacob loved Rachel so much that he was ready to work seven years in Laban’s house without wages. You would think after such a heavy price paid, although he was deceived, Jacob would have embraced Leah and forgotten about Rachel. It was not so. The bible says that Jacob agreed to work seven more years to get the one he had chosen. In other words, Leah became a consolation prize. As a woman myself, I cannot imagine the pain she might have felt.
To add insult to injury, the bible also declares: “Leah’s eyes were delicate, but Rachel was beautiful of form and appearance.” Genesis 29:17, NKJV. In other words, Rachel was more beautiful than Leah.
Rachel was the one Jacob preferred, even to the point of loving her children more than Leah’s own. Indeed, when Joseph was taken away to Egypt and asked his brothers to bring Benjamin, as the only condition for them to buy food and release Simeon, Jacob made the following statement: “My son shall not go down with you, for his brother is dead, and he is left alone. If any calamity should befall him along the way in which you go, then you would bring down my gray hair with sorrow to the grave.”
Genesis 42:38 NKJV
Yet, in spite of it all, there was Someone who was not indifferent to Leah and loved her regardless. When the time came for the reward to be given, Leah was far from forgotten:
1. Rachel died before Leah
2. Rachel was buried on the way to Eprath, while Leah was buried in the tomb purchased by Abraham alongside Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebekah and Jacob himself
3. Leah bore Judah, whose lineage was chosen to bring Christ to the earth and of whom Jacob said:
“Judah, you are he whom your brothers shall praise; Your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; Your father’s children shall bow down before you. Judah is a lion’s whelp; From the prey, my son, you have gone up. He bows down, he lies down as a lion; And as a lion, who shall rouse him? The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes; And to Him shall be the obedience of the people.” Genesis 49:8-10 NKJV.
What am I trying to say: Let us not worry about our current approval rate and keep trusting the One who knows the end from the beginning! At the appointed time, The Lifter Up of our heads will surely remember us! It appears as if Leah was brought into the story by mistake, but in the end, the Author and Finisher of our faith gave her the ending that she herself could have never imagined in her wildest dreams! Keep believing, He can do it for you too.
God bless you!
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