Sunday, August 1, 2021

God’s Timeline – Part 35 Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel

 God’s Timeline – Part 35

Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel

Pastor Bruce A. Shields

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SERMON INTRODUCTION (2021 A.D. = 5781 Jewish Calendar Year)


-         Creation Week (Approximately 4000 B.C.)

o   Adam, Eve, and the Fall


-         Cain and Abel

o   Evil Fills the World


-         Noah Did All God Commanded Him

o   The Flood 2400 – 2300 B.C.)

o   God’s Covenant with Noah

o   Noah’s Sons and Ham’s Sin

o   Nations of Noah’s Sons

-         Tower of Babel

-         God calls Abram (2112 B.C.)

o   Abram and Lot part ways

o   Rescue of Lot

-         The Lord’s Covenant with Abram for Isaac

o   Hagar and Ishmael Born (2101 B.C.) Abram 86 years old

o   Sarai and Isaac

o   The Three Visitors

o   Abraham Pleads for Sodom

-         Birth of Isaac (2088 B.C. Abraham 99 years old Sarah 90-Hagar and Ishmael sent away)

o   The Lord tests Abraham (2070-2068 B.C. Isaac 18-20 years old)

o   Sarah Dies 127 years old (2051 B.C. Abraham is 136)

-         Isaac marries Rebekah (2048 B.C. Isaac was 40 when he married Rebekah)

-         Jacob and Esau are born (2028 B.C. Isaac was 60 Abraham 159)

o   Abraham dies at 175 (2012 B.C. Isaac was 82)

o   Isaac receives the Birthright and his father’s blessing

o   Esau marries two Hittites at 40 (1988 B.C.)

o   Jacob travels to his Grandfather’s family to find a wife

o   Jacob’s Dream at Bethel

o   Jacob marries Leah then Rachel




Genesis 29:26-27


Laban replied, “It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one. 27 Finish this daughter’s bridal week; then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work.”



a.      When he arrives, he sees Rachel and falls in love with her beauty

                                  i.      We see Jacob run to her and kiss her (just the greeting type)

                               ii.      He breaks down and tells her everything, she gets her father

                            iii.      He runs to Jacob and kisses him (again, greeting)

                             iv.      And Laban tells Jacob to stay with him and Jacob stays for a month



b.     He makes a deal with his uncle Laban to work 7 years for Rachels hand in marriage

                                  i.      Laban had two daughters

1.      Leah the older daughter & Rachel the younger

2.      Scriptures say Leah had “weak” eyes

a.      This word translated “weak” means tender, soft, gentle

3.      Scriptures describe Rachel as having a “lovely shape” & being “beautiful

                               ii.      While Jacob was there, he worked

                            iii.      His uncle tells him, just because he is family doesn’t mean he works for free

                             iv.      Laban asks Jacob what his wages are so he can pay him

                                v.      It is at this point Jacob asks for Rachels hand in marriage

                             vi.      Laban says “It’s better to give her to you than another man” Since Jacob was a hard worker, loved her, and was family

                          vii.      Jacob says he will work for 7 years to have her, and Laban agrees, sort of



c.      After 7 years Jacob wants Rachel in marriage

                                  i.      The Scripture tells us that time went by fast because of Jacob’s love for Rachel

                               ii.      I’m sure it means that he didn’t mind working for her

                            iii.      After the seven years Jacob asks for Rachels's hand




a.      Laban calls everyone to the seven-day wedding feast

                                  i.      It was traditional to feast for 7 days for a wedding


b.     That night Laban sends Leah not Rachel to Jacobs room

                                  i.      However, when the father of the bride was to give her away, Laban brought Leah to Jacobs chambers instead of Rachel

                               ii.      Some ask, how did he not know?

1.      There may be many reasons, it’s late and dark

2.      He had never been with Rachel; he wouldn’t know if it were her

3.      Maybe he had a little too much wine that evening?

                            iii.      Whatever the reason, I believe he really didn’t know

1.      He loved Rachel from the start

2.      He worked 7 years to have her

3.      And we read he was upset in the morning when he saw it was Leah and not Rachel



c.      Jacob confronts Laban about his deception

                                  i.      When the morning came Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? I served you 7 years for Rachel. Why did you deceive me?”

                               ii.      Laban simply answers, “It’s not our custom to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older.”

                            iii.      “Finish Leah’s bride-week, then we will give you Rachel for another 7 years of labor.”

                             iv.      So Jacob agreed, again, showing that it was Rachel he wanted

                                v.      The scripture tells us Jacob loved Rachel more than Leah




a.      Jacob works another 7 years for Laban

                                     i.      During this time his flocks grew, which is a measure of wealth, and his tribe grew as well.



b.     Jacob has many children

                                     i.      First with Leah, then Rachels servant, then Leah’s servant, and Rachel, then Leah and so on as the two sisters compete for Jacob’s love and fight with jealousy



c.      As Jacobs tribe and flocks grew his uncle Laban turned cold toward his nephew

                                     i.      Jacob sees his uncle grows tired of Jacob and Jacob wants to leave




Eventually, Jacob asks to leave, but Laban convinces him to stay and keep working.


Then the Lord said to Jacob, “Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.”



Next week we will look at Laban Chases Jacob (Genesis 31)



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