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Genesis 30:1-31:16

I think today’s Old Testament reading is not only funny, but also shows us how human nature is the same yesterday and today. And boy or boy isn’t Jacob a wimp! And the goings on between Leah and Rachael, with a dash of two hand-maidens would probably fill up a years worth of programming for Jerry Springer, Oprah and Judge Judy, something for everyone. I think the reason we find this episode funny is that we recognize their behavior in either ourselves or other folk that shall remain nameless to protect the innocent and the guilty. Woman for ages have been trying to secure the love, affection and support of a man by way of children. It did not work then and it sure aint’ working today.

On my first read-though this morning I had wanted to post up about Jacob and how exemplary of husband he was, taking responsibility for his actions, NOT! But, when I read this through a second, then a third time something else caught my eye that totally sobered my train of thought. Both Rachael and Leah were bitter about how they were married off. The writer of Proverbs stats in the 30th chapter that there are four things that make the earth tremble, one is an unloved woman when she marries or an unloved married woman [Prov. 30 21-23 (depends on the translation)]. So you have a woman that was given as a “Booby” prize by her father (who wants to be second choice, you have another woman who was the first choice but became the second choice in the marriage ceremony. She did not even get a party. Neither were happy campers and resented what their father did. This is documented by the last couple of verses in today’s passage:

14Rachel and Leah said, "That's fine with us! There is nothing for us here--none of our father's wealth will come to us anyway. 15He has reduced our rights to those of foreign women. He sold us, and what he received for us has disappeared. 16The riches God has given you from our father are legally ours and our children's to begin with. So go ahead and do whatever God has told you."

There father had sold them for his benefit. Abraham and Isaac had offered up their wives out of a perceived fear that a ruling king would desire them for their beauty and kill them. Although not as overt as Abraham and Isaac, Laban married off his daughters in a sale that benefited him financially, what a lovely man. Unlike us, God gave His Son to bring us back to Him. We have this tendency to give up the ones we proclaim we love to benefit self. God love, so He gives. We lust so we can get. Love desire to benefit others at the expense of self. Lust desires to benefit self at the expense of others.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

I think what jumped out at me today is that I have been struggling with giving everything over to God lately, and what a perfect time this is for me to read this scripture! I truly need to remember that quote: "Let go and let God!" Thank you so much for your insight as it really spoke to my heart!

I also appreciated the reading of Proverbs 3:13-15. I have been unemployed for the past few years. Currently I am living with my daughter so that I can watch my grandsons while she goes to culinary school. It has really made me appreciate what I do have and not think so much on what I don't.

I have much to pray on today and ask for your prayers as well.

God bless,
Janice

Hi all! Like Ramona said, what a read! However racey it is, its one of my fave reads in OT! It keeps you on your toes, and you are like what??!! for one, falling in love with your mothers-brothers daughter..kind of ewww! if it were this day and age, but however being said, loving one and marrying (by tradeoff) the other! It is a pity that these girls have no mother figure..(guess she might have died at child birth like Rachel did..hmmm) and then their own father didn't love them enough to treat them as heirs to the throne or to their inheritance. It is really said..No wonder when good looking Jacob came into town that they didn't jump at the chance for love and all this terrible triangle conspired and then the baby making contest, I'm having his baby, no I am! Well, I can't have anymore so take my handmaiden..(sounds a bit like sara/hagar..spell) LIke Ramona said, kinda crazy!! Oh well, still good read.

books, fictional: like I mentioned yesterday, good reads are by author Liz Curtis Higgs, and Francine Rivers does a good series too, based off of Hosea, called: Redeeming Love, and somemore called Mark of the Lion..very good reads!!

Frank Peretti's This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness are must-reads!

Pam

A really good read is The Shack by Young, reaches deep inside and opens up ideas of how easy it really is to follow the Lord. Also made me realise that God is not only who I think He is, He is much more than that!
So take a few hours and read this book, it will really make you think!

The Red Tent!

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