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Week 6 Day 3 Genesis 29 Matthew 28

1 March, 2015

Genesis 29

Jacob travels and finds a well. As he looked, he saw a well in the field; and behold, there were three flocks of sheep lying by it, for out of that well the flocks were watered. The stone on the well’s mouth was a big one, (‭Genesis‬ ‭29‬:‭2‬ AMP) The stone protected the well and its water but more importantly cooperation was needed between the shepherds to water their flocks. It was a social time as they gathered. 

But they said, We cannot until all the flocks are gathered together; then [the shepherds] roll the stone from the well’s mouth and we water the sheep. While he was still talking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she shepherded them. When Jacob saw Rachel daughter of Laban, his mother’s brother, and the sheep of Laban his uncle, Jacob went near and rolled the stone from the well’s mouth and watered the flock of his uncle Laban. (‭Genesis‬ ‭29‬:‭8-10‬ AMP) Nice to see the women weren’t singled out or prevented from this kind of work

Then Jacob kissed Rachel and he wept aloud. (‭Genesis‬ ‭29‬:‭11‬ AMP) Sounds like a strange way to greet anyone, let alone family. I’m not sure how I’d feel, grateful to find family or confused. 

When Laban heard of the arrival of Jacob his sister’s son, he ran to meet him, and embraced and kissed him and brought him to his house. And [Jacob] told Laban all these things. Then Laban said to him, Surely you are my bone and my flesh. And [Jacob] stayed with him a month. (‭Genesis‬ ‭29‬:‭13-14‬ AMP) And then the understanding that it’s much more cultural based than our western thinking allows. 

Then Laban said to Jacob, Just because you are my relative, should you work for me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?


And Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, I will work for you for seven years for Rachel your younger daughter. (‭Genesis‬ ‭29‬:‭15, 18‬ AMP) I’m being slightly ironic here but it’s almost like sex slavery or prostitution here. 

Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the elder was Leah and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah’s eyes were weak and dull looking, but Rachel was beautiful and attractive. (‭Genesis‬ ‭29‬:‭16-17‬ AMP) I feel bad here. I have “weak eyes”. I use glasses and without them I’m useless. I can’t imagine life without them. Would I too have been looked down on?

And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her. Finally, Jacob said to Laban, Give me my wife, for my time is completed, so that I may take her to me. And Laban gathered together all the men of the place and made a feast [with drinking]. But when night came, he took Leah his daughter and brought her to [Jacob], who had intercourse with her. (‭Genesis‬ ‭29‬:‭20-23‬ AMP) My tolerance for people who drink is very low. But the scheming here and a man too drunk to know if a woman he “loves” yet able to have sex with her just baffles me. Sure I know before and during the ceremony she might be covered but surely at some stage it would be revealed as to his bride, not in the morning!

Finish the [wedding feast] week [for Leah]; then we will give you [Rachel] also, and you shall work for me yet seven more years in return. So Jacob complied and fulfilled [Leah’s] week; then [Laban] gave him Rachel his daughter as his wife. (‭Genesis‬ ‭29‬:‭27-28‬ AMP) Leah must have felt awful. I’d hate it if a man watched my sister for 7 years got me and then hung around another 7 years for her. I’d be devastated. 

And Jacob lived with Rachel also as his wife, and he loved Rachel more than Leah and served [Laban] another seven years [for her]. And when the Lord saw that Leah was despised, He made her able to bear children, but Rachel was barren. (‭Genesis‬ ‭29‬:‭30-31‬ AMP) Leah is “despised” but when she is able to have children she is to be more loved. She’s not despised enough for Jacob not to have sex with her. 

And Leah became pregnant and bore a son and named him Reuben [See, a son!]; for she said, Because the Lord has seen my humiliation and affliction; now my husband will love me. [Leah] became pregnant again and bore a son and said, Because the Lord heard that I am despised, He has given me this son also; and she named him Simeon [God hears]. And she became pregnant again and bore a son and said, Now this time will my husband be a companion to me, for I have borne him three sons. Therefore he was named Levi [companion]. Again she conceived and bore a son, and she said, Now will I praise the Lord! So she called his name Judah [praise]; then [for a time] she ceased bearing. (‭Genesis‬ ‭29‬:‭32-35‬ AMP) All those years, at least 10, possibly longer of feeling hated and unwanted except by duty. 

I have no words for the hurt that must have been felt through the years of this family dynamics. It’s stories like this that leave me broken-hearted and wondering where the hope and joy really is in life. This is a tough life. 

Matthew 28

NOW AFTER the Sabbath, near dawn of the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala and the other Mary went to take a look at the tomb. Sunday morning (sabbath being on our Saturday) the two Mary’s went to the tomb. Possibly the Mary who had anointed Jesus with the nard before His beating being one of them. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled the boulder back and sat upon it. His appearance was like lightning, and his garments as white as snow. And those keeping guard were so frightened at the sight of him that they were agitated and they trembled and became like dead men. (‭Matthew‬ ‭28‬:‭1-4‬ AMP) So the big tough Roman guards fainted in fright. They would have seen many gruesome things but this made them weak. 

But the angel said to the women, Do not be alarmed and frightened, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, Who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, as He said [He would do]. Come, see the place where He lay. (‭Matthew‬ ‭28‬:‭5-6‬ AMP) And the women didn’t faint. They got spoken to by the angel! 

Then go quickly and tell His disciples, He has risen from the dead, and behold, He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you. So they left the tomb hastily with fear and great joy and ran to tell the disciples. (‭Matthew‬ ‭28‬:‭7-8‬ AMP) So there was some fear but they were able to feel great joy. The stories Jesus had spun weren’t tales. They were true! It was real!!

And as they went, behold, Jesus met them and said, Hail (greetings)! And they went up to Him and clasped His feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, Do not be alarmed and afraid; go and tell My brethren to go into Galilee, and there they will see Me. (‭Matthew‬ ‭28‬:‭9-10‬ AMP) The first to knowingly see Jesus. Wow! Prophesy fulfilled. Everything now making sense of their history. 

While they were on their way, behold, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had occurred. And when they [the chief priests] had gathered with the elders and had consulted together, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers, And said, Tell people, His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we were sleeping. And if the governor hears of it, we will appease him and make you safe and free from trouble and care. So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this story has been current among the Jews to the present day. (‭Matthew‬ ‭28‬:‭11-15‬ AMP) Why let the truth get in the way of a good story. Jesus’ followers supposedly overcame the soldiers and stole the body. Way to go in saving face. 

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed and made appointment with them. And when they saw Him, they fell down and worshiped Him; but some doubted. (‭Matthew‬ ‭28‬:‭16-17‬ AMP) This story has been shortened from the other telling *spoilers* of Thomas, stay tuned for more later. 

Jesus approached and, breaking the silence, said to them, All authority (all power of rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (‭Matthew‬ ‭28‬:‭18-19‬ AMP) Jesus sends out His deiciples. 

Much more to come! 

Selah

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