15 Then Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my relative, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what should your wages be?” 16 Now Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 Leah’s eyes were delicate, but Rachel was beautiful of form and appearance.
18 Now Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, “I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter.”
19 And Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to another man. Stay with me.” 20 So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed only a few days to him because of the love he had for her.
21 Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in to her.” 22 And Laban gathered together all the men of the place and made a feast. 23 Now it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter and brought her to Jacob; and he went in to her. 24 And Laban gave his maid Zilpah to his daughter Leah as a maid. 25 So it came to pass in the morning, that behold, it was Leah. And he said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Was it not for Rachel that I served you? Why then have you deceived me?”
26 And Laban said, “It must not be done so in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn. 27 Fulfill her week, and we will give you this one also for the service which you will serve with me still another seven years.”
28 Then Jacob did so and fulfilled her week. So he gave him his daughter Rachel as wife also. 29 And Laban gave his maid Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as a maid. 30 Then Jacob also went in to Rachel, and he also loved Rachel more than Leah. And he served with Laban still another seven years.
31 When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, He opened her womb; but Rachel was barren. 32 So Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben; for she said, “The Lord has surely looked on my affliction. Now therefore, my husband will love me.” 33 Then she conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Because the Lord has heard that I am unloved, He has therefore given me this son also.” And she called his name Simeon. 34 She conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Now this time my husband will become 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, “Now I will praise the Lord.” Therefore she called his name Judah. Then she stopped bearing.
With my whole heart I have sought You;
Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!
11 Your word I have hidden in my heart,
That I might not sin against You.
12 Blessed are You, O Lord!
Teach me Your statutes.
13 With my lips I have declared
All the judgments of Your mouth.
14 I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies,
As much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on Your precepts,
And contemplate Your ways.
16 I will delight myself in Your statutes;
I will not forget Your word.
1 Cor. 15:19
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Last Sabbath, remember we was talking about learning about Jacob in the latter Jacob’s ladder that in that dream that he had that ladder extended into Heaven. You know, he had left his home, his mother, Rebecca, and his father Isaac, sent him away to his mother’s lands. I want you to go there and find a wife. So in his travels he, he’s at Mount Mariah’s where he had this dream of the ladder that extended into Heaven. And so he’s going to his mother’s land. Looking for his uncle Laban, that’s his mother’s brother.And see he has a daughter so anyhow, he travels to that land. I’m going to give you some of the scripture before the Scripture that I actually read this morning. So his journey into ran, his worries going, looking for a wife. And there’s another story that’s very similar to Jacob story and that’s when Abraham sent a servant. Now there’s a lot of similarities. But Abraham sent a servant to go and find a wife for his son, Isaac. He didn’t send eyes, he can sell, but he sent his servant and Abraham servant when he comes to the land of her ran, he comes to a well, there’s a well there. And he seeks God’s help. He says he prays God of my Master Abraham.Have favor upon me today May the 1 who comes and offers to water, my camels and does with me, may that be the one that you have chosen for my master’s son, Isaac?And it turned out to the way that he prayed that Rebecca Jake was mom. Rebecca came in, she watered his camels and those with them. So she was the one the God of chosen that would be Isaac’s wife,Jacob comes to the very same. Well.The very same well that Abraham servant came to. He comes to this, well of course he comes to the land for the same thing. He’s looking for a wife. But if you go back prior to what I’m going to read today, you don’t see where he sought God’s guidance. He just comes to the same well.There are some similarities the same well, same land, same family. But he’s not seeking God’s guidance, but he comes of that well in there are some shepherds there and they say, do you? He says to them, Do you know Laban, do you know of Laban? Well Yes, we know of Laban is a matter of fact. Here comes his daughter, now bring in their flocks and herds to water them. So in this case, Jacob rolls the stone away from the well in waters, the flock for her.So those similarities but yet difference. But Jacob did something very bold, having to just met Rachel that day in chapter 29, verses 1011 and says, and it came to pass when Jacob Saul, Rachel, the daughter of Laban, his mother’s brother, and the sheep of Laban, his mother’s brother that Jacob went near and rolled a stone from the Well’s mouth and watered the flock of Laban, his mother’s brother. Then Jacob kissed Rachel and lifted up his voice and wept. He just matter. And he kissed her Now don’t mistake.This way Ping for worship. He’s a so joyful that he found what he’s looking for these that brought in the tears. But not, you know, he found his possible bride. But not only that, he found a beautiful woman, a beautiful woman. He was smitten with with Rachel, from the very beginning. From the very beginning, he was smitten with her. You talk about love at 1st sight. It was Jacob when he saw Rachel.Maybe you had love at 1st sight when you saw your would be wife or husband.So they run and tell Laban and laving comes and greet semen that might have just been a tradition then to kiss one when you met him. I’m not sure, but I believe that there was more to just a greeting kiss when he kissed Rachel. But Jacob takes him home, takes him to his House, invites in there to be a guest. But he’s working while I was there, he started out working, right. He’s water in the flux. So he comes to him and after he’d been there for an entire month.And says, Tell me, what will your way just be? Now I want you to remember whenever Abraham servant went looking for a bride. He took dowry with him. He took a dowry, he had lots of gold and silver and gifts. To take to the family.What did Jacob have?Nothing but the clothes on his back in his hands, his hands and with which he would work.So I’m going to go to our scripture lesson, Genesis 29, verses 15 through 35. Then Laban said to Jacob, because you are my relative, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me what should your wages be? Now Laban had 2 daughters. The name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Lee’s eyes were delicate, But Rachel was beautiful of form and appearance. She was a beauty Queen.Then, now Jacob love Rachel. So he said, I will serve you. 7 years for Rachel, your younger daughter. And Laban said it is better that I give her to you. Then that I should give her to another man, stay with me. So Jacob serve 7 years for Rachel. And they seemed like only a few days to him because of the love that he had for her.And then Jacob said to Laban, give me my wife from my days are fulfilled, that I may go into her, so he had work for 7 years. Ok, your Time’s up. I’ve served you. 7 years, give me my wife. Then Jacob said to Laban,Then Laban gathered together all the men of the place and made a feast. Now it came to pass in the evening that he took leave of his daughter and brought her to Jacob. And he went into her. And Laban gave his maid self to his daughter Leah, as a maid. So came to pass in the morning that behold, it was Leo. And he said to Laban, What is this that you have done to me? Was it not for Rachel that I served you? Why then did you deceive me?Do I need to remind you that Jacob, the CVS, his father?He deceived his father. He tricked his father in the believe in it. He was Esau to steal the blessing.Now he is saying to Laban, Why have you deceived me? And they even said it must not be done so in our country to give the younger, before the firstborn, fulfill her week. And we will give you this one also for the service service with which you will serve another 7 years. So as it turns out, he had to work 14 years for Rachel, didn’t it? Then Jacob did so and fulfilled her weight. So he gave him his daughter, Rachel, also as wife also. And Laban gave his maid the Laya to his daughter Rachel, was made. Then Jacob also went into Rachel, and he also love Rachel, more than Leo. And he served with Lavan still another 7 years when the Lord saw that Leah was under law of he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren. So Leah conceived them bore a son, and she called his name Reuben, for she said, The Lord has surely looked on my affliction. Now therefore, my husband will love me. Then she conceived again and bore his son and said, because the Lord has heard that I am on love. He has therefore given me this son also. It’s a call. It is name Simeon. She conceived again and bore son and said, Now this time my husband will become attached to me because I have borne him 3 sons. Therefore, his name was called Levi, and she conceived again and bore his son and said, Now I will praise the Lord. Therefore, she called his name Judah, then she stopped bearing for a time she did eventually bear more children to Jacob.You know, it may seem like a very generous thingfor Laban told how Jacob to set his own wages.But what you don’t see, it reveals that he is a very shrewd, shrewd negotiator.Undoubtedly he could see that Jacob was head over heels for his daughter, Rachel, and would likely offer a more than what he would have requested.Especially when he looked and sees what he had nothing else to offer.He didn’t have any dowries. They knew that I’m going to get me a worker. I’m going to get me some one that’s a good worker. My flocks will be Blessed. You know, be like someone going to a shop for a New car. And you know, you don’t want that salesman to see that you fell in love with this car. All this ng is wonderful. It’s got, it’s the color I wanted. It’s got all the bells and whistles. Oh man, I like this car so well when you go in or sit down, he’s not going to be as likely to negotiate with you. Where you go look in a House, you find this, the House of your dreams, the one you’ve always wanted.If they know that that’s a House of your dreams, the seller may not negotiate as much, you know, many a few years back. When Rozanne and David was in Annapolis and he was talking about some of the homes down there. And this sold for only $10000.00 above the asking price, some like what, what are you talking about that sold above the asking price? Well Yeah, down there they have a bidding more on a home. That’s how hard it is. The final home down around like though this is not the way it works up here. We like to negotiate down not the other way, but people are willing to offer more for something they really desire.Laden knew that he knew that Jacob would offer more than he would even ask. Because his love was that great for his daughter Rachel.Way above the asking price.Laban didn’t actually say that he would give Rachel to the entity for working 7 years. He’s a said, it’s better that I give her to you than to give her to another man. Stay with me, period. That’s all he did. That’s always said Jake, it was so smitten, he was smart enough to get it in writing that I will work for you. 7 years. Then you will give me your daughter, Rachel, signed here. He didn’t do that. It was kind of vague, wasn’t it?But what a great sacrifice,what a great sacrifice. Because at the moment he made that verbal agreement with his would be for Eventually the father and all Laban. He went from being a host in his home to being his servant.He was a servant, he was tending the flop, taking care. He did not lay around for 7 years, drinking lemonade with Rachel in his arms.He was out busy tending the flock, tending the sheep in the goats every day. He worked hard those 7 years, but he says they seem like the only a few days why he happily served. Why did he happily serve? Because he was looking to that reward that reward at the endwhen he would one day take Rachel, unease arms. And she would be as wife he dreamed of that day. He too long for that day, my friends, our service, your service, my service unto the Lord, to be like Jacob service.For Rachelit should be happy service. It should be devoted service. It should not be grudgingly. The word tells US don’t give grudgingly you model, keep it in your pockets. If you’re going to give grudgingly, he likes a cheerful giver. Well, my friends, we’re not only talking about giving of our monetary things but of ourselves. God loves a cheerful giver, a cheerful giver of your service, son to him. Do you serve God happily or is it? Oh MA got to go clean to church again. Oh MA got to go to Bible study. God really don’t want to go or are you serving him happily with a joyful heart. Colossians 32324 says and whatever you do, do it heartily as to the Lord and not to men. Knowing that from the lured you will receive the reward of the inheritance. For you serve the Lord Christ, My friends, we have that inheritance. If you dream about inheritance, you can long for that inheritance. That will help you to serve him happily. And in Psalms 119, the Salma says in verses 10 to 16 with my whole heart, I have sought you. Have you sought the Lord with your whole heart? He says, Oh, let me not Wonder from your Commandments. For your word, I have hidden it my heart that I may not sin against you. Bless it or you, a Lord. Teach me your statutes. With my lips, I have declared all the judgments of your mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of your testimonies as much as in all riches. I will meditate on your precepts and contemplate your ways. I will delight myself in your statutes. I will not forget your words. Do you delight in the lured?Nod your head if you go late in the Lord, please. Nod your head. Do you delight in the Lord? Are you happy? Because he is your Savior. Are you happy?As I said, Jacob pretended he pretended to be brother,my friends, Jake was beginning to reap what he has son.He’s beginning the reap what he has. Someone might ask,how could Jacob not have none until the next morning? That it was Lee?How was Laban able to trick him, how I was able to deceive him? Well, you know, there was always a great celebration, a wedding celebration before the marriage was consummated before the husband would go into the wife. It could be that he celebrated a little too much. We don’t know. He might have had a little too much wine to drink. You must remember, it was probably very dark. So the father would take the bride. He didn’t have his own House remember. So they would have a room and Laban’s estate. So the father takes the bride, takes Leah, puts her in the room, then would go say your bride is ready to go into her. She was probably wearing a veil, says she, we had a veil. So we’re in a veil. It was dark, may have had too much to drink. I’m not exactly sure how it happened. But one thing I never sure the word says in the morning it was Leo. He was surprised. He was more than surprised. He was a little angry, wasn’t me,but all a bit says in our culture, it’s not proper to give the younger daughter before the olderit marriage.You know Leah had to be in agreement with this, didn’t she?Yeah. Leah had the be in agreement. She had to know what was going on. She could have revealed her true identity. But she chose not tobecause she saw all that. I’m going to get me a hard worker as a husband. I’m going to get me a man is going to inherit a great wealth from his father Ozzie.I’m going to give me a man and I might be out to have children find happiness, find Joy, I’m getting a husband. So she want to long with Labor’s plan.You know, we may think we’re getting away with something when we’re dishonest or deceptive. But it seems like God has a way ofbringing it back around, doesn’t he? He has a way of refining US.Sometimes he’ll use other people to teach US great lessons. God used Lavan to teach Jacob a great lesson here didn’t he?Is it turned out Jacob labor. Laban would be a Thorn in Jacob’s side for a number of years to come. I found the Wise Weiss, quote, not a Wise coat, a Wise quote that says Today is the father of Tomorrow. In today’s challenges are the child of yesterday’s decisions.I Wonder how many times Jacob thought wish I wouldn’t see my brother. Maybe I wouldn’t be serving another 7 years fulfill her week. Laban says then I will give you Rachel, to Jacob winds up with 2 wiveswere not to take this to mean that polygamy is acceptable in the Bible. The Bible may describe many polygamous relationships,but some of the families in the Bible, but it never actually approves of polygamy. They use it describes the pain in a difficulty to such relationships cause as in today’s story. And look at Solomon. Look at the misery that it causes in Jacob’s situation. We know that he really didn’t want Liam. He did not want Lee as a wife. He worked and he worked hard for Rachel. He was a carnal man. At this time. He was looking at that outward beauty that she was beautiful in form in appearance. The word says. But verse 17 said Lee is eyes were delicate. The rage was beautiful form an appearance. Description of Leah suggests fragility, maybe vulnerability or tenderness. But one thing it clearly reveals is that her outward beauty paled in comparison to a sister.She may have been a fine looking woman, but it paled in comparison to resist her. Rachel, you know there’s a lot of people seeking happiness in this story, isn’t there? Jacob seeking happiness in the beauty of a woman, Laban, a seeking happiness in the growth and of his business.Rachel, seeking happiness and having children. Leah is seeking happiness in the love of a husband. The story reveals that scripture reveals thatbut things do not always turn out the way that we would have do theywhen we look for fulfillment in the things of this World, friends, things will not always turn out the way that we think. So Jacob got a wife that he didn’t want. Rachel got to love her husband.That was true. There was no doubt about his love for her, but she at 1st didn’t get the children. It was many years before she would have a child. Laban ends up losing much of his wealth and his business to his son Jack, I’m part of the story that it is beyond thatis after those 14 years were up, Labor says please don’t leave, stay, serve me longer to, I have nothing. Now I have no, well, stay with me and will give you some of my flock. Those. It turns out the Lord bless him when the stronger came and Jacob put some twigs in there. So the 1st he was in, it gave him spotted speckled. Well, they turned out to be the strongest ones. When he says, no, wait a minute, they’re all the stronger ones. You take the Prime ones. Well, then they turned out to be the stronger ones. But in the end, God bless Jacob. He got the greater portion and greater in strength of the flock of Laban after 6 more years of service. So 20 years of service go back to Lisa. The Lord saw that Leah was unloved1st. Someone to repeat verse 31 and 32. When the Lord saw that Leah was on love, he opened her womb, but Rachel was bare, so Leah concede him bore son and she called his name. Reuben, for she said, The Lord has surely looked on my Flixton. Now therefore, my husband will dub me because she bore him a son. She says, My husband will love me. All she wanted friends was to be lived. Isn’t that what? Most of US desire to, to love and be loved, right.We also see the significance of names in the Old Testament, Reuben means see a son because the Lord has looked upon my affliction. Now my husband will love me. She thinks that now that I’ve had a son, she will be seen and she will be love. She has another son, she names him Simeon, with the Simian mean. It means heard. She thinks that now that I’ve had a 2nd son, she will be heard. My husband will hear me. He will see me. And he will hear me.She says, because the Lord has heard that I am hated. He has given me this son, the 3rd son, she named Levi. What does that mean? It means attached to things. Now that I’ve had a stirred son, surely my husband will be attached to me. Because I’ve given him 3 sons, she keeps looking for that happiness doesn’t. She keeps looking for that happiness. She’s hoping that her husband will look at her the way that he looks at Rachel.That’s what she’s longing for. That my husband would look at me that my husband would listen to me the way that he does. Rachel, because I have borne him these sons.Tim Keller summarizes life’s disappointments in saying this. All life here is marked by cosmic disappointment, where all searching for happiness, but we can never quite find it. It’s a major theme of the Bible. We were made for happiness. We were hardwired for happiness. Yet everything in this World all to me alternately, leaves US feeling empty and hollow, even if we get what we want, your job, your married, your children, your career, your competence, your wealth. All of them will give you some sense of happiness, but none of them will get the satisfaction that you really want. You’ll wake up in the morning, my friends, and it will be Leo.You will not find that true happiness.You will find the true happiness when you seek it, of the things of this World.The greatest lesson in this passage is found at the very end. Here’s the last thing that we see in our passage verse $35.00. And she conceived again in Burra son and said, Now I will praise the Lord.Receive that friends. He said, Now I will praise the Lord. Therefore she called his name Judah. Then she stopped bearing. Every time Leah had a son, she thought she would finally be happy. Finally had the love of her husband. My friend, something changed. Something changed, didn’t it? She found it looked to the only place that we will ever find true happiness. She looked to the Lord. She said, Now I will praise the Lord.Now I will praise the Lord. She found Lee looked to God the God of her husband, and found the true Joy, the true peace, the true happiness that she had a long for she named in Judah, which means praise God didn’t change her circumstances. She was still in the same home. She was still the 2nd wife if you will, of her husband. But he changed her.She wasn’t seeking fulfillment in her circumstances. Present your seeking happiness. If you’re seeking fulfillment in your circumstances, you’re going to be disappointed.You must find it in God.Wives, you’ll never find true happiness, true fulfillment in your husband.Because I could tell you we’re going to mess up.We do. We’re going to leave the Dirty clothes laying around. We’re not going to put things away. We’re not going to always say the right thing. We’re going to mess up, husbands, you won’t find fulfillment or true happiness in your wife. She to? My wife made a mistake once I think, but she’s going to mess up. Oh, I thought she was wrong once, but she was mistaken.You won’t find fulfillment in your wife. You will only find in Jesus Christ in the Lord. Will you find true happiness and only comes from one place in Matthew 63133 when I know it’s talking about the things of the World, do not worry. Saying What shall we do? What shall we drink, or what shall we wear for after these things the Gentiles seek for your Heavenly Father knows that you need these things, but seek 1st, the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.So Let’s even put that in a marriage, don’t seek fulfillment there, but seeking God Seek Him 1st God will take care of the rest. C.s. Lewis said if I find myself, these are myself find in my so I want to start over c.s.. Lewis said, if I find in myself desires which nothing in this World can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another World.Friends you were made for another World.You were made for this World the way it is. You were made for another World,your story of Jacob and the turmoil within his family because there was a lot of dissension there. Between the families when they did both have children and just always a lot of dissension there.We found an amazing story of God’s patience so with mankind only how he worked in through all of man’s shortcomings. My friends, when we look atThe family that God chose to bring the nation forth, the reveal himself to all the World. Abraham and all his descendants, they made a lot of mistakes. They messed up a lot.That bunch was a mess, but you know what? That’s good news for US because God loved them. He was patient with them. That’s good news for US because it tells US that God’s patient with US. He will bear with US through all of our shortcomings, doesn’t it?20 years, he finally gets to leave that land. I want to share a little bit of what happens on his journey back home in Genesis 35, verses 16 through 20then they journeyed from Bethel and when there was but a little distance to go to f. or Raible here, Rachel labored in childbirth and she had hard labor, now it came to pass was when she was in hard labor, that the midwife said to her, Do not fear you will have this son also. And so it was, as her soul was departing for, she died that she called his name been an eye, but his father called him Benjamin. So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Africa. That is Bethleham and Jacob set up a pillar on her grave, which is the pillar of Rachel Rachel’s grave to this day. It’s interesting that Rachel was buried on the way to Africa.Whenever we look at the next scripture that I’m going to share with you,Genesis 49. And this is Jacob giving instruction to his son Joseph, about his burial Genesis 492933. Then he charged them and said to them, I am to be gathered to my people buried with my father in the cave that is in the field of f. or on the Hittite. In the cave that is in the field of Mecca Palla, which is before mammary. In the land of Canaan, which ever him bought with the, with the field of f. or on the Hittite as a possession for a burial place. There they buried Abraham and Sarah, his wife there, they buried Isaac and Rebecca, his wife, in their I barely Leothe field in the cave that is their were purchased from the sons of Heth. And when Jacob had finished commanding his sons, he drew his feet up into the bed and breathed his last and was gathered to his people.I Wonderif after Rachel had passed in the ensuing years, the Jacob found they solved the true beauty of his wife. Leah proceed, but he buried her where the rest of the family was buried. I Wonder if he saw her true worth or true value, and that’s the inner, The inner beauty that was in her. David Murray offer authored the book, the happy Christian, and he asked a great question. He says, What would a Christian definition of happiness look like?Is there set a thing as Christian happiness? If so, what would it include in it gives his answers. He says, I believe there is such a thing as Christian happiness, quite distinct from any other kind of happiness. But the problem is that it is so multi-layered in multi-dimensional that is possible. It’s possibly impossible to defineTo define it in one sentence. He says, Believe me, I’ve tried to consider just the following samples of sources of what brings US happiness. God is our perfect father.That should make US happy. We know Jesus as our Lord and Savior.I hope that that brings happiness into your heart. The Holy Spirit is sanctified and empowering US. My friends, our sins are forgiven.Amen. God lives in our Hearts.We are justified in adopted into God’s World wide in Heaven wide family. You are sons and daughters of the Living God Your adopted through Jesus Christ. Everything is working together for good. We have God on our side. It might not look like it right now. But we know that it is. God is our Guard and our guide. And we have all the promises of God and His promises are Yes and Amen. Jesus has prepared a place for US in Heaven and my friends. We will be welcomed there. He is coming for so again.1st Corinthians, 1519 says, if in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of the men most pitiful.Calvin Miller says, Joy belongs to those who understand that Earth is but a rehearsal for Heaven. Nothing is life is wasted. That remembers that this is nothing but a rehearsal for an for that which God is preparing for US.Do you want true happiness? Do you want true Joy? You want true peace in this heart? In your chest, there’s only one place to find it. And that is in Jesus Christ. He who can forgive US of our sins. He who died on a Cross so we can have forgiveness of our sins. We can bring US to the Father.That is our true peace. If you’re watching this today and you haven’t accepted Christ and you want peace in your heart,asked the Lord to forgive your sins to come into your heart. Commit your life to him today.And you will find that true peace and true Joy that God wants US to have. He doesn’t want US to live our lives in term oral and disappointment, in distress and uncertainty. He wants US to be certain in Him. He wants US to know him, to believe in him, that he can bless US with the gift of eternal life.Life with him in that place that he has preparedfor eternal home, you’re not made for here. Friends we are made for there. Let’s keep our eyes on that. Keep our eyes on that which he has prepared for US. Amen.