Tag Archive: Rachel

Dinah and the Men of Shechem

“Jacob’s daughter, Dinah, becomes a central character in a story of violence turned to love, followed by treachery and revenge.”

Read Genesis 34

Jacob’s Journey Continues

“At God’s direction Jacob moves southward to Bethel, where Jacob had made a covenant with God on his way to exile in Harran.  And just as God had done with Jacob’s grandfather Abraham, God gives Jacob a new name — Israel.  It is a name by which an entire nation will be known, and it bears great significance even to the present time.”

Read Genesis 35

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible

Jacob leaves Laban

“If there is one lapse in moral character which besets early man — including God’s special people — it is dishonesty and trickery.  Fearful that Laban might not let him leave, Jacob secretly steals away with his family and flocks.  In all the dealings between Jacob and Laban, there is a reminder that God can work his will even through men and women who share in the frailties of moral character.”

Read Genesis 31

Jacob Returns to Canaan

“Apprehensive about the threat under which he has left Canaan, Jacob makes careful preparation in anticipation of encountering Esau.  While he waits in uncertainty, Jacob is found rather mysteriously wrestling with God.  Why Jacob is wrestling is not given in this account, but this physical struggle is not unlike the spiritual struggle of a person facing potential conflict or perhaps death.”

Read Genesis 32 & Genesis 33:1-20

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible

Jacob Marries and Has Children

“As he returns to his mother’s country, Jacob meets his uncle Laban and agrees to work for Laban in exchange for his daughter Rachel.  But Laban deceives Jacob, giving him his older daughter, Leah, instead of Rachel.  Ultimately Jacob gets both Rachel and Leah, but as might be expected, rivalry emerges between the two sisters, and childbearing quickly becomes the focus of their rivalry.”

Read Genesis 29 and Genesis 30:1-24

Laban and Jacob Outsmart Each Other

“When Jacob decides to return to Canaan, he agrees with Laban as to appropriate wages for his many years of service, Laban once again deceives Jacob.  Not to be outdone, Jacob devises a scheme of his own to increase the flocks which are rightfully his by their agreement.”

Read Genesis 30:25-43

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible
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