Jacob had tricked his brother Esau out of his fathers blessing and knew he had to leave. His brother Esau was angry and wanted to kill him. Before he left, his father Isaac sent for him. Isaac wanted Jacob to marry someone from his home land, not from Canaan. Isaac blessed him and told him: ” I pray that God will bless you with many descendants and let you become a great nation. May He bless you with the land He gave Abraham, so that you will take over this land where we now live as foreigners.”
Jacob traveled to Haran his father’s home land. Early one afternoon, he came to a well outside of Haran. There were three flocks of sheep lying near the well. When all the flocks were gathered around it, the shepherds would roll the stone from the well and water the sheep, and then put the stone back. Jacob asked the shepherds if they knew Laban the son of Nahor and was he well. They said: ”We know him, all is well with him. Here comes his daughter Rachel bringing his sheep.” While they were talking Rachel came with her father’s sheep. Jacob looked at Rachel and fell in love. He rolled the stone away from the well and watered the flock of sheep for Rachel. Then Jacob kissed Rachel and wept. He told Rachel that he was her father’s kin and Rebekah’s son. Rachel ran and told her father. Laban ran to meet Jacob, his sister’s son, he embraced him and kissed him. Jacob told Laban all the things that had happened to him, and Laban said to him: ”Surely you are my bone and flesh.”
Jacob went home with Laban and Rachel. He stay and worked very hard. Laban told Jacob that he could have wages, but what should the wages be. Laban had two daughters. The elder daughter was named Leah, and the younger was named Rachel. Leah was plain, but Rachel was beautiful. Jacob loved Rachel, so he said: ”I will work for you seven years, at the end of that time you give me Rachel.” Laban agreed. So Jacob worked seven years for Rachel. Now he wanted to marry Rachel, so he told Laban: “Give me my wife, for I have fulfilled our agreement.” Laban prepared a wedding feast. That evening in the darkness, Laban brought Leah to Jacob, and he married her, believing she was Rachel. The next morning Jacob knew he had been deceived. He asked Laban why he deceived him when he worked for Rachel. Laban said: ”In our land it is not right to marry off the younger before the firstborn. But if you will promise to work another seven years, I will give you Rachel too.” Jacob worked another seven years because he loved Rachel. Jacob soon married Rachel and now he had two wifes. Rachel was only able to have one son, who she named Joseph, but Leah gave Jacob many sons.
Laban no longer favored Jacob, he cheated him and changed his wages ten times. God never allowed Laban to harm Jacob. Jacob called Rachel and Leah to the field, where he was with his flock and said to them: ”The angel of God spoke to me in a dream and told me to return to my fathers land in Canaan.” Rachel and Leah answered and said to him: ”Whatever God has said to you, do.” So Jacob took his wives and sons and all his cattle and all his goods, to return to Isaac his father in the land of Canaan.
Memory Verse: And we know that all things work together for the good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Prayer: Thank you Lord for my family and friends, help us to take care of each other. Thank you Lord for all the blessings I have received.