Most of us who have grown up in Christian homes have heard the story of Jacob and how he married Laban's daughters - Leah and Rachael. This story is recorded in Genesis 29 and 30 which we won't replicate here.
When you read their story, it will become evidently clear that Jacob loved Rachael way more than Leah. Even after serving for seven years for her and being given Leah instead of Rachael, Jacob didn't give up. He served yet another seven years for Rachael.
Everytime I was told this story, I developed an atitude of hate, dislike and disrespect upon Leah, but an attitude of love towards Rachael. I thought of Leah as the home-breaker, the unwanted wife, a forced marriage wife. I had no understanding and no love for her. Maybe you were the same.
But let us look at this story from another angle ... Jesus!
Jesus - and where He fits in.
In Matthew chapter 1, we find the geneology of Jesus Christ. This is His family tree all the way from Abraham to Joseph, the husband of Mary.
Verse 2 says:
Matthew 1:2Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judah and his brethren;
Jesus was born in the lineage of Judah, the son of Jacob.
Genesis 29:35 then says:
Genesis 29:35And she [Leah] conceived again, and bore a son: and she said, Now will I praise the LORD: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.
Judah was a son of Leah, NOT Rachael.
JESUS WAS BORN IN THE LINEAGE OF LEAH AND NOT RACHAEL.
If you are anything like me, you are surprised at this information. How could Jesus, the King, be born in the lineage of Leah? When Leah was hated and Rachael loved?
The view from above
It would seem that it was always in God's plan for Jacob to marry Leah - because it was in that lineage that Jesus the Christ was to be born.
While Jacob thought getting married to Leah was a mistake; while Leah thought his husband didn't love her; while Rachael saw her big sister as unloved and unwanted - God from His throne above was seeing Leah as the great great great grandmother of Jesus Christ.
You see, it really doesn't matter what you are going through, there is a greater plan. God looks down from above and sees you as a piece in His master plan. You may be seeing your life as if it doesn't make sense, as if there is no purpose and no direction ...
But just take a view from above. Just look at yourself as a piece in a big jigsaw called life, and without you it wouldn't be complete. Just look at God moving you around to where you may leave an impact - it may not be to this generation or to the next. Maybe not even in your lifetime ...
- But what if your child will lead a whole nation back to God like Moses?
- What if your grandson will be the next Paul the Apostle and bring a reformation to the church?
- What if your great grandson will take up the banner for Christ and carry it to a hill where it has never been planted before?
Why don't you trust that God has a reason for placing you where you are right now because He is preparing you for greatness tomorrow? Look past the insults, look past the hard labour, look past the hatred like Leah - and set your eyes on Jesus Christ. Run the race ahead of you that you may win the price.
Choose Christ today and let Him guide you. Even though there will be times where you will be lying on green pastures beside the still waters; and yet other times you will be passing through the valley of the shadow of death - do not fear no evil, do not be afraid. He is always with you.
Trust Jesus today. Trust that He has a purpose.