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.”
With Mother’s Day taking place on May 14th of this year, I thought it would be appropriate to dedicate this post to the women who are adopting moms and step mothers, grandmothers, aunts and guardians to children who are In need of a loving parent.
One woman who comes to mind that took on the role of not only mother but also aunt and stepmother is Leah.
Leah was the first wife of Jacob but she was sadly, a rejected woman by her husband who loved and devoted his attention to Rachel. (Gen 29:31-35)
30 Jacob made love to Rachel also, and his love for Rachel was greater than his love for Leah. And he worked for Laban another seven years. Genesis 29:30
Leah most likely wanted the same outward affection shown to her younger sister by their husband Jacob. But she was not deemed her husband’s first choice.
The biblical account of these sisters and their husband Jacob is such a heartfelt story. It reads like a soap opera or even a scripted melodrama.
As with the stories in the Bible, all have a contextual underline warning about our sinful nature and the need to recognize God in His eternal love for mankind.
The story of Leah, Rachel and Jacob comes to a sudden twist, when Rachel dies giving birth and Leah becomes mother to her sister’s two sons, Joseph and Benjamin.
Imagine the thought of being rejected for years as Leah had been by her husband and then taking into the role of stepmother and aunt to her youngest sister’s children.
But here is the most unbelievable ending of this story.
In the end, Jacob had requested that Leah be buried with him in the family cave. (Gen 49:31)
What God shows us in the life of Leah is that He is ever-present to hear the cries and prayers of the forsaken. Just as our Lord and Savior Jesus was forsaken…His sacrifice saved the world.
Leah the woman, mother, aunt and stepmother-May the Lord bless you on Mother’s Day.
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