When Leah realized that she had stopped bearing children, she took her servant Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as his wife. Leah’s servant Zilpah gave birth to a son for Jacob…Leah’s servant Zilpah gave birth to a second son for Jacob…
During the wheat harvest, Reuben found some erotic herbs in the field and brought them to his mother Leah. Rachel said to Leah, “Give me your son’s erotic herbs.” Leah replied, “Isn’t it enough that you’ve taken my husband? Now you want to take my son’s erotic herbs too?” Rachel said, “For your son’s erotic herbs, Jacob may sleep with you tonight.” When Jacob came back from the field in the evening, Leah went out to meet him and said, “You must sleep with me because I’ve paid for you with my son’s erotic herbs.” So he slept with her that night.
Genesis 30:9-10, 12, 14-16 CEB
I pray to never compromise my morals and values, or my relationship with You Father. May I always appreciate my family and all of my blessings. Amen.
Visualize this story happening in front of you. Two sisters who are so competitive that they are only concerned with self and with outdoing each other, and no one else. The only time they seem to acknowledge God is praising Him for giving them what they want, and for crying to Him when they don’t.
They first started competing for the attention of Jacob, who married Leah but wanted Rachel. The competition then intensified when they worked desperately to see who can have the most babies by birth and through surrogacy. Where is the love for the children they had? Where is the love for Jacob? The sisters created a baby factory, but where was the sense of family?
Questions of the Day
1. If you were Jacob how would you have handled this sibling rivalry?
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