Morning Message of Motivation
The Family of Israel: 23
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi
Leah’s prolific childbearing led to the first quarrel between Rachel and Jacob. Rachel was envious of Leah.
Genesis 30:1 NKJV
“Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister, and said to Jacob, “Give me children, or else I die!”
Rachel poured her frustration on Jacob, somehow blaming him for her childlessness. Jacob reacted angrily.
Genesis 30:2 NKJV
“And Jacob’s anger was aroused against Rachel, and he said, “Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?”
Jacob felt Rachel’s pressure on him was unjustified. Rachel however was setting Jacob up for her special solution. She proposed that Jacob use her maid as a surrogate mother.
Genesis 30:3 NKJV
“So she said, “Here is my maid Bilhah; go in to her, and she will bear a child on my knees, that I also may have children by her.”
So Jacob agreed to marry Rachel’s maid, Bilhah.
Jacob had wanted to marry only one woman, Rachel, but now he had three wives by circumstances beyond his control.
Genesis 30:4-5 NKJV
“Then she gave him Bilhah her maid as wife, and Jacob went in to her. And Bilhah conceived and bore Jacob a son.”
Rachel considered her maid’s son as her own son. It was the custom of those days that the children of a slave belonged to the master or mistress of the slave.
“Then Rachel said, “God has judged my case; and He has also heard my voice and given me a son.” Therefore she called his name Dan.”
So Jacob now had 5 sons. Bilhah conceived again and bore another son. Rachel considered this a personal victory for her.
Genesis 30:8 NKJV
“Then Rachel said, “With great wrestlings I have wrestled with my sister, and indeed I have prevailed.” So she called his name Naphtali.”
May Almighty God work all things together for your good. May God’s grace abound over your life and family. May God’s grace protect you and your family, in Jesus’s name.