Are you discovering (or rediscovering) anything about the Bible?
I have had a few bold encounters with Scripture in my life, but mostly they are little ones that add up. Sometimes those little encounters get lost in daily life, so I thought it’d be cool if we wrote some down.
On Wednesday nights I am going through a study called The Patriarchs with some women. This week we studied Genesis 29/30. I am thinking of Rachel and Leah after they are both married to Jacob. One’s prettier, one bears more sons, and neither one can let go of the competition. Sisters – women – human beings are nauseatingly competitive.
Leah has three sons and hopes it will cause Jacob to love her. Here are the things she said after they were born:
First son: “It is because the Lord has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now.
Second son: “Because the Lord heard that I am not loved, he gave me this one, too.”
Third son: “Now at last my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.”
Then she birthed a fourth son and said, “This time I will praise the Lord.” After a lifetime of being known for ugliness and betrothal to someone who was in love with her sister, she made her peace , like Lieutenant Dan after the storm on Forrest Gump’s boat. This baby’s name was Judah. Of Jacob’s twelve sons, this is the one whose descendant would be Christ. I thought it was cool that perhaps this small trace of Jesus was bringing peace, even long before he was born.
How about you? Have you been learning anything from the Bible lately?