-- Genesis 29:32. Certainly the Lord had been good to both Leah and Jacob, and with the selfishness in her heart defeated, Leah utters a sincere Soli Deo Gloria—“I will praise the Lord.” Leah had two other sons named Issachar and Zebulun, and a daughter, Dinah. Now remember, that initially, Jacob had agreed to work seven years for Laban -- when it came to tending to his father-in-law's flocks. Understand, that Leah had felt, that because she had been treated so unfairly -- God had look down from the heavens, and saw the hardships and afflictions, that Leah was going through, and so therefore, blessed her with another son. Reuben, her first-born, means “Behold a son,” and Leah praised God for looking favorably upon her. The unattractive Leah might have repelled others, but God was attracted toward her because of an inner beauty which the lovely Rachel lacked. And again, Jacob was not pleased with what Laban had done -- but in spite of this, he endured. No, for Jacob would learn, that his new wife would end up being Rachel's older sister, Leah. I’m just traveling through this world. At the end of the specified period however, Jacob was cruelly deceived by his uncle. For she said, "Because Yahweh has looked at my affliction. And God listened to Leah, and she conceived and bore Jacob a fifth son. We hope you learned more about Leah in these Bible verses about Leah! Even though Leah was treated badly by her husband and sister, God blessed her greatly in the form of motherhood. Family Connections—Because Jacob was Rebekah’s son he was related to Leah by marriage. Now keep in mind, that this is the beginning of the twelve tribe foundation, that will eventually bring forth the great nation of Israel. Leah’s eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful in form and appearance. She would be given the honor of giving birth to Jacob's first child, which was a boy that she named, Reuben. When Jacob came from the field in the evening, Leah went out to meet him and said, “You must come in to me, for I have hired you with my son’s mandrakes.” So he lay with her that night. There they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife, and there I buried Leah—. Name Meaning—Leah as a name has been explained in many ways. And in the morning, behold, it was Leah! Now understand, that he was named according to the way, that Leah had felt at the time that she had given birth. And because of this, Leah would be given the honor of giving birth to Jacob's first child, which was a boy that she named Reuben. **YOUR CURRENT - BIBLE STUDY ONLINE SERIES - WOULD BE HERE**, Leaving Bible Study Online Article Page - Entering - Christian Resources Today - Home Page. Manipulated by her father, she became jealous of her sister, with whom, it seems, she never reconciled. “It seems that homely Leah was a person of deep-rooted piety and therefore better suited to become instrumental in carrying out the plans of Jehovah than her handsome, but worldly-minded, sister, Rachel.” For we would eventually discover, that Judah would become the forefather of the tribe, that our Lord and Savior Jesus [Yeshua] Christ would eventually come from: "I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. For we now find him, being deceived by his father-in-law? One evident lesson we can learn from the triangle of love in that ancient Israelite home is that solemn choices should not be based upon mere external appearances. Then Rachel and Leah answered and said to him, “Is there any portion or inheritance left to us in our father’s house? And this is why he had agreed, that after Jacob and Leah had spent their first week together, as man and wife, he would immediately give Rachel over to Jacob in marriage as well -- instead of actually making Jacob wait another seven years, to be with her. “She is bitter, envious, quarrelsome and petulant. Whether Leah participated in the deceit to win Jacob from her more beautiful sister we do not know. And when you add this new seven year proposal, to the seven years that Jacob had already worked -- it would turn out to be 14 years in total. Going to work for his Uncle Laban, Jacob was offered wages in return for service rendered, but he agreed to serve Laban for seven years on the condition that at the end of the period Rachel should be his wife. There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife. And this is why we have her naming her son Reuben (see, a son), for it was Leah's way of showing Jacob, her true worthiness as a wife: "It is because the Lord has seen my misery, surely my husband will love me now." But for Leah, the Lord had given her the ability to bear children. WHAT WAS WRONG WITH LEAH’S EYES? Leah was uncomely when compared to her lovely sister, but what she lacked in beauty she made up for in loyalty to Jacob as a wife, and as a good mother to his children. And Leah conceived again, and she bore Jacob a sixth son. However that may have been, Jacob now has two wives -- Rachel, the one that he actually loved and wanted -- and Leah, the one that he did not want, and was tricked into marrying. And this is why, Laban didn't want Jacob to leave -- for he knew that Jacob was the reason, that for the last seven years, he had prospered so greatly. This much is evident, that although she knew that the love of her husband’s heart was not for her but for Rachel, Leah genuinely loved Jacob and was true to him until he buried her in the cave of Machpelah. And Jacob had agreed to do this -- in return for him earning the right, to marry Laban's youngest daughter Rachel. Remember that Jacob had spent the early part of his life, constantly trying to compete with his older twin brother Esau, when it came to his father's love and attention. Somewhat despised by Jacob, she was yet remembered by the Lord. The full force of her hatred is directed against her sister, Leah.”. Also know, that with Jesus Christ being the True Messiah, Redeemer, and Savior of all humanity -- how can one, not honestly see, that this would be the ultimate blessing to all of mankind? And needless-to-say, Jacob was very upset. Used with permission. Now Laban knew (unlike himself), that Jacob was a man of his word. Now that Leah has the favor of the Lord, and the honor and respect of being the wife, that had given birth to Jacob's first four sons. Know that this new proposal, would require Jacob to work for Laban, for another seven years. And there is a beauty which God grants when by His grace men are born again. Leah was uncomely when compared to her lovely sister, but what she lacked in beauty she made up for in loyalty to Jacob as a wife, and as a good mother to his children. And personally, I often wonder, if Rachel's condition was brought on, because of Jacob's mistreatment towards Leah? Jacob’s uncle, Laban, had two daughters. But we now find, that when it came time for Laban to honor his part of the agreement -- he reneged, and tricked Jacob, by giving him his oldest daughter Leah instead. Leah was the daughter of Laban, the sister of Rachel, a wife of Jacob, and the mother of seven of Jacob’s children. Laban condoned his unrighteous act by saying that the younger girl could not be given in marriage before the first-born, and Jacob covenanted to serve another seven years for Rachel, his true love inspiring him to be patient and persevering. And because of this, the next day after Jacob had gotten married, he would find himself awakening to a surprise? Then all the people who were at the gate and the elders said, “We are witnesses. “Wearied” or “Faint from Sickness” with a possible reference to her precarious condition at the time of birth, is Wilkinson’s suggestion. English Bible readers have wondered if this is another way of saying… Everything Leah knew about God had been transmitted orally, mostly from Jacob, and Jacob clearly didn't understand the grace of God. Leah. And this time around, Leah would name the child Simeon. May the LORD make the woman, who is coming into your house, like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the house of Israel. Her joy: That she bore Jacob six sons and one daughter. And in actuality, you would think that Jacob would be a little bit more sensitive to her feelings, being that he himself, grew up in a similar emotional situation? Scripture References—Genesis 29; 30; 49:31; Ruth 4:11. Judah was the fourth son to be born to Leah, and she gave him a name meaning “Praise.” Perhaps by now Jacob had become a little more affectionate.

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