Love Story within a Love Story!
Here is the birth of a Nation, as promised by God to Abraham, Jacob's biblical account contains two elements which indicate who God has chosen to be His People and Children. Summarized, Jacob meets Rachael and works 7 years as dowry that he can marry her, but Laban, Rachael's father, deceives Jacob on the wedding night by intoxicating Jacob and having him marry Leah the oldest daughter instead. Jacob in the morning discovers his predicament and confronts Laban, knowing he has entered into a covenant of marriage with Leah. Jacob's love is Rachael, so rather than losing her, he agrees to 7 more years of work and is allowed to marry her at the end of the bridal week. Jacob now has two wives, Leah & Rachael... God's love is Israel, the promised land and His Chosen People, within this love story we know that Jacob's name is later changed to Israel and becomes the father of the 12 Tribes. As I recalled this account, I noticed how God too has two peoples, His 1st love the Jewish Nation... His Rachael, however collectively when God became man as Our Lord Jesus, Laban the represent of deception did not allow them (Hebrew nation) to accept Him... the Apostle Paul in a similar way to John the Baptist then brings the other nations (Gentile) into the covenant with God... the Gentiles being Leah. As one reads the account between Jacob, Rachael & Leah, notice how God blesses Leah with giving her the most children... much like the christian community. As for Israel, God's Rachael, it is much like having to wait for the bridal week to be fulfilled... and then the second time around He will obtain His Rachael, Israel. This completed, remember the following statement by Jesus, "And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd." John 10:16 The account of Jacob contains later on another interesting detail, Jacob at the time of separation from Laban proposes something that appears to be a disadvantage, but in fact proves otherwise. So he (Laban) said, “What shall I give you?” And Jacob said, “You shall not give me anything. If you will do this thing for me, I will again feed and keep your flocks: Let me pass through all your flock today, removing from there all the speckled and spotted sheep, and all the brown ones among the lambs, and the spotted and speckled among the goats; and these shall be my wages. So my righteousness will answer for me in time to come, when the subject of my wages comes before you: every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats, and brown among the lambs, will be considered stolen, if it is with me.” Genesis 30:31-33 Our Lord stated He had come to this world to take care of those who were in need of Him, the sinners... these are the speckled and spotted sheep. “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?” Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” Luke 7:41 How amazing is God's Love!