Posted by: heisourstrongtower | March 17, 2014

Women of the Bible Study ~ Focus on Leah

This week’s study focuses on Jacob’s first wife…Leah.  The key scriptures in our bible are Genesis 29 ~ 35…

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+29-35&version=ESV

And Ruth 4:11…

“Then all the people who were at the gate and the elders said, “We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman, who is coming into your house, like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the house of Israel. May you act worthily in Ephrathah and be renowned in Bethlehem,”

We are reading the same chapters in Genesis this week as we read last week, only this week we need to shift our focus to Leah’s role in the story.

Here is the link, on Biblegateway.com, to the excerpt from the book, Women of the Bible, about Leah.

Leah – Women of the Bible

Leah lived her life knowing that, even though she was Jacob’s first wife…she was not first in his heart.  She thought that bearing his children would gain her Jacob’s affection, but Rachel still took first place in his heart.

Leah wanted what Rachel had and Rachel wanted what Leah had…this may have been the first case of the grass is always greener on the other side, except they shared the lawn and the husband.   Leah was blessed by God with many children, it says so right in the Bible, yet children did not give her what her heart desired most.

31 “When the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren. 32 And Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben, for she said, “Because the Lord has looked upon my affliction; for now my husband will love me.” 33 She conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Because the Lord has heard that I am hated, he has given me this son also.” And she called his name Simeon. 34 Again she conceived and bore a son, and said, “Now this time my husband will be attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” Therefore his name was called Levi. 35 And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, “This time I will praise the Lord.” Therefore she called his name Judah. Then she ceased bearing.”

Leah was using her children to get her husband’s love and attention.  I think we can all agree that having children is never going to fix what is wrong in a marriage.  I think that just like Rachel, Leah had an identity problem.  She was thinking that the word “mother” would make her worthy in the eyes of her husband, but she was already worthy in the eyes of God.

She was looking at her children and her husband to fill the void in her life…until the birth of Judah.  When she gave birth to Judah, she praised the Lord for Judah AND when we trace the lineage of Jesus we find that He came from the tribe of Judah.

9 “Judah is a lion’s whelp; From the prey, my son, you have gone up. He couches, he lies down as a lion, And as a lion, who dares rouse him up? 10“The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes, And to him shall be the obedience of the peoples. 11“He ties his foal to the vine, And his donkey’s colt to the choice vine; He washes his garments in wine, And his robes in the blood of grapes.…Genesis 49:9-11

Despite all the turmoil in her life and all the wrong that Leah felt had been done to her, and the love that she felt was missing from her life…God provided salvation to the world through her bloodline.  I think this is a good lesson for us…no matter how bad a situation might look to us, God is still working and He can redeem that situation.  We might not be alive to see the results of our labors, pun intended, but God will see His plan through to its’ “expected end”.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11

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