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Jacob travels to his ancestral lands and finds a wife

November 30, 2009
GENESIS 29:1-35

Memory Scripture: Genesis 29:18-22

1Then Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of the people of the east.

2And he looked, and behold a well in the field, and, lo, there were three flocks of sheep lying by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks: and a great stone was upon the well’s mouth.

3And thither were all the flocks gathered: and they rolled the stone from the well’s mouth, and watered the sheep, and put the stone again upon the well’s mouth in his place.

4And Jacob said unto them, “My brethren, whence be ye?” And they said, “Of Haran are we.”
5And he said unto them, “Know ye Laban the son of Nahor?” And they said, “We know him.”
6And he said unto them, “Is he well?” And they said, “He is well: and, behold, Rachel his daughter cometh with the sheep.”

7And he said, “Lo, it is yet high day, neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together: water ye the sheep, and go and feed them.”

8And they said, “We cannot, until all the flocks be gathered together, and till they roll the stone from the well’s mouth; then we water the sheep.”

9And while he yet spake with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep; for she kept them. 10And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother’s brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother’s brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well’s mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother’s brother.

11And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept.

12And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father’s brother, and that he was Rebekah’s son: and she ran and told her father.

13And it came to pass, when Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sister’s son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him, and kissed him, and brought him to his house. And he told
Laban all these things.

14And Laban said to him, “Surely thou art my bone and my flesh.” And he abode with him the space of a month.
15And Laban said unto Jacob, “Because thou art my brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me for nought? tell me, what shall thy wages be?”

16And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.

17Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured.

18And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, “I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.”

19And Laban said, “It is better that I give her to thee, than that I should give her to another man: abide with me.”

20And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.

21And Jacob said unto Laban, “Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in unto her.”

22And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast.

23And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in unto her.

24And Laban gave unto his daughter Leah Zilpah his maid for an handmaid.

25And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, “What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me?”

26And Laban said, “It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn. 27Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.”

28And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him ‘Rachel’ his daughter to wife also.

29And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.

30And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years. (Genesis 29, King James Version)

31And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.
32And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name ‘Reuben’: for she said, “Surely the LORD hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.”
33And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, “Because the LORD hath heard I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also: and she called his name ‘Simeon’.”
34And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, “Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi.”
35And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, “Now will I praise the LORD: therefore she called his name ‘Judah’; and left bearing.”

JESUS TEACHES THE TORAH PARSHA: Recommendations for disciples

Genesis 28:5 – 5And Isaac sent away Jacob: and he went to Padanaram unto Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob’s and Esau’s mother. (Genesis 28:5, King James Version)
Jeremiah 31:15 – 15Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not. (Jeremiah 31:15, King James Version)
Hosea 12:8-10 – 8And Ephraim said, Yet I am become rich, I have found me out substance: in all my labours they shall find none iniquity in me that were sin.

9And I that am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt will yet make thee to dwell in tabernacles, as in the days of the solemn feast.

10I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets. (Hosea 12:8-10, King James Version)

Hosea 12:12 – 12And Jacob fled into the country of Syria, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep. (Hosea 12:12, King James Version)

Joel 2:12-14 – 12Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

13And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

14Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God? (Joel 2:12-14, King James Version)

Joel 3 (King James Version)
1For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,
2I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.
3And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.
Joel 3:1 : Jer 30:3
Joel 3:2 : Zeph 3:8; Zech 14:2-4
Joel 3:2 : Isa 66:16; Jer 25:31
Joel 3:3 : Obad 11; Nah 3:10
Jehosophat, means the judgement of the Lord.
Amos 6:6 – 6That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments: but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph. (Amos 6:6, King James Version)
Proverbs 11:11 – 11By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked. (Proverbs 11:11, King James Version)

Proverbs 16:11 – 11A just weight and balance are the LORD’s: all the weights of the bag are his work. (Proverbs 16:11, King James Version)

Matthew 2:18 – 18In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not. (Matthew 2:18, King James Version)

Matthew 13:57 – 57And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. (Matthew 13:57, King James Version)
Revelations 3:17-22 – 17Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

18I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

19As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

20Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

21To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

22He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. (Revelation 3:17-22, King James Version)

The next lesson will be about Jacob’s dream. The lesson is entitled, “Jacob’s Ladder,” and is also taken from the Memorial Portion of Vayeitzei Parsha – in Chapter 28 of the Book of Genesis (Beresheit). All lessons commentaries from the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Prophets, i.e. Isaiah, Ezekial, Jeremiah and Elijah etc. In the lesson called “Jacob’s Ladder, we will supply the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ that corraborate the dream Jacob had about the Kingdom of Heaven. The descendants of Jacob, contend with the land around Zared Brook, which is was once the land of Ideameu (the Edomites, the descendants of Esau); and Jesus taught that His Kingdom is the Kingdom of God and that it was not divided His Kingdom.

QUESTIONS:

  1. Did Jacob’s Journey take him to Northwest Mesopatomia (Paddan-aram), the land of his forefathers?
  2. Why did you think Jacob travelled to Paddan-aram?
  3. How did Jacob meet Rachel?
  4. Who did Jacob marry? What was her name?
  5. If you were Jacob, would you have married a woman in the land of Canaan?
  6. Did Laban believe that Jacob was the son of his sister, Rebekah?
  7. How many years did Jacob serve Laban?
  8. Describe Jacob’s form of service? Explain the wages?
  9. Did Laban beguile Jacob?
  10. Why did Laban want Jacob to marry Leah?
  11. Why did Laban consent to Rachel’s marriage to Jacob?
  12. Did Laban give Rachel a handmaid, if so what is her name?
  13. Did the LORD open Leah’s womb? Why?
  14. Was Rachel’s womb barren?
  15. What were the names of Leah’s sons?
  16. What did Leah hoped the LORD would see and hear?
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