Morning Message of Motivation
The Family of Israel: 19
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi
Jacob’s first mission was to get to a place of safety. He was now safe. The second part of his mission was to secure a godly wife. Meanwhile, his uncle Laban wanted to bind Jacob to a proper employment contract.
Genesis 29:15 NKJV
“Then Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my relative, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what should your wages be?”
Jacob saw an opportunity to get married. Choosing a life partner was relatively easy for Jacob, he had to choose between only two ladies. Isaac had commanded him to marry one of Laban’s daughters.
Genesis 28:2 NKJV
“Arise, go to Padan Aram, to the house of Bethuel your mother’s father; and take yourself a wife from there of the daughters of Laban your mother’s brother.”
Laban had only two daughters, so Jacob didn’t have much problem selecting a wife. His wife had to be one of Laban’s two girls. The man of today, typically may have so many women to choose from, that he sometimes gets confused.
Genesis 29:16 NKJV
“Now Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.”
The two girls were very different in attractiveness.
Genesis 29:17 NIV
“Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful.”
Leah was cross eyed. Rachel however was stunningly beautiful like a model. Jacob went for the good looks. Jacob had met Rachel first and it was love at first sight.
Jacob offered to work for Laban for seven years as a dowry for Rachel.
Genesis 29:18 NKJV
“Now Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, “I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter.”
Laban agreed to the marital contract terms proposed by Jacob.
May God bless your marriage and family. May almighty God bless you with significant partnerships that will advance your mission in life, in Jesus’s name.