- Tension between Jacob and Laban (29:1:30)
- Tension between Rachel and Leah (29:31 – 30:24)
- Jacob’s Flocks and Herds Increased (30:25-43)
Tension between Jacob and Laban (29:1:30)
Jacob and Laban. In the government of God, Jacob meets in Laban the same family character that was so strong in himself. Was Jacob a shrewd businessman? So was Laban. Was Jacob deceitful? So was Laban. Was Jacob a schemer? So was Laban. Did Jacob exploit his family members? So did Laban. It was a little like looking in the mirror! God sometimes allows us to interact or observe individuals who demonstrate our own character or weaknesses so that we can see our own issues from an external vantage point. We can see our own faults more easily in others than in ourselves.
Jacob meets Laban, Serves for Rachel (vv.1-20)
Jacob tricked by Laban (vv.21-30)
Tension between Rachel and Leah (29:31 – 30:24)
Etymology. It would appear that in these days the meaning of a child’s name was for more important than the name itself. With each child that is born, the mother named the child according to how she was feeling at that time.
Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah Born to Leah (vv.31-35)
Sons born to the Handmaids (vv.1-13)
Issachar, Zebulun, and Dinah Born to Leah (vv.14-16)
Joseph Born to Rachel, with the Promise of another Son (vv.22-24)
Jacob’s Flocks and Herds Increased (30:25-43)
- Can it be doubted that this part of Genesis is typical like what goes before and after? Surely Jacob’s love for Rachel first, for whom nevertheless he must wait and fulfil the week afresh after Leah had been given him, is not without evident bearing on the Lord’s relation to Israel first loved, for whom meanwhile the slighted Gentile has been substituted with rich results in His grace. Rachel is at length remembered by God, who takes away her reproach by adding to her a son (Joseph) — type of One glorified among the Gentiles and delivering His Jewish brethren after suffering among both Jews and Gentiles. – Kelly, William. Genesis.
- I have no doubt that in the two wives, as I have said, we have the Gentiles and Israel: Rachel first loved on the earth, but not possessed; but Leah the fruitful mother of children. Rachel had children also afterwards on the earth. Rachel, as representing the Jews, is the mother of Joseph, and later of Benjamin, that is, of a suffering Christ glorified among the Gentiles, while rejected of Israel; and of a reigning Christ, the son of his mother’s sorrow, but of his father’s right hand. – Darby, J.N. Synopsis of the Books of the Bible.