There was an old medical drama series called HOUSE. In the series, the main character, Dr. House had an axiom he lived by and openly shared with his medical team–“Everybody Lies!”. Cleary the Axiom was true in this, God’s chosen family. From Abraham’s “She is my sister”, Jacob’s “I am Esau.” and now Laban’s “I will give you Rachel”–there was clearly a pattern of deceit and intrigue among this family.
Jacob loved Rachel and made no qualms about it. He was faithful and loyal to God and Laban to earn her hand from her father. Still, on the night of the wedding, Laban gave him Leah–A lovely lady, I’m sure–but not Rachel. Still, when the morning came and Jacob found out, he was devastated and furious–As was Isaac and Esau, when Jacob deceived them. Still, it is clear that God was going to use the switch to save the world. It was, after all, Leah’s Son–Judah, that is the patriarch of the lineage of David and of Jesus!
In our lives and times, we should expect the same to be true–Everybody still lies. So when we face life’s gut punches,(situations where we are deceived, tricked or simply thrown one of life’s curve balls), then we need to stand up, dust ourselves off and look right into life’s face and say, “You hit like a sissy!”. We do not know why things happen; but, we do know as Paul said in Romans 8:28–“All things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to his purpose!” Help me, Lord to make the most of every situation you trust me to face!!!!
God Bless You
After Jacob had stayed with him for a whole month, 15 Laban said to him, “Just because you are a relative of mine, should you work for me for nothing? Tell me what your wages should be.”
16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 Leah had weak[a] eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful. 18 Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, “I’ll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel.”
19 Laban said, “It’s better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me.” 20 So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.
21 Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife. My time is completed, and I want to make love to her.”
22 So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast. 23 But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and Jacob made love to her. 24 And Laban gave his servant Zilpah to his daughter as her attendant.
25 When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn’t I? Why have you deceived me?”
26 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.”