A STUDY ON FIRST BIBLE LOVE STORY : SOLUTIONS FOR LOVE FAMINE (SCROLL TO END TO SEE SUMMARY OF FINDINGS)
GENESIS ONE: 29-30
29:6 Now Laban had two daughters. The older daughter was named Leah, and the younger one was Rachel. 17 There was no sparkle in Leah’s eyes, but Rachel had a beautiful figure and a lovely face. 18 Since Jacob was in love with Rachel, he told her father, “I’ll work for you for seven years if you’ll give me Rachel, your younger daughter, as my wife.”
19 “Agreed!” Laban replied. “I’d rather give her to you than to anyone else. Stay and work with me.” 20 So Jacob worked seven years to pay for Rachel. But his love for her was so strong that it seemed to him but a few days.
22 So Laban invited everyone in the neighborhood and prepared a wedding feast. 23 But that night, when it was dark, Laban took Leah to Jacob, and he slept with her. 24 (Laban had given Leah a servant, Zilpah, to be her maid.)
26 “It’s not our custom here to marry off a younger daughter ahead of the firstborn,” Laban replied. 27 “But wait until the bridal week is over, then we’ll give you Rachel, too—provided you promise to work another seven years for me.”
28 So Jacob agreed to work seven more years. A week after Jacob had married Leah, Laban gave him Rachel, too. 29 (Laban gave Rachel a servant, Bilhah, to be her maid.) 30 So Jacob slept with Rachel, too, and he loved her much more than Leah. He then stayed and worked for Laban the additional seven years.
31 When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, he enabled her to have children, but Rachel could not conceive. 32 So Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben, for she said, “The Lord has noticed my misery, and now my husband will love me.”
30:1 When Rachel saw that she wasn’t having any children for Jacob, she became jealous of her sister. She pleaded with Jacob, “Give me children, or I’ll die!”
3 Then Rachel told him, “Take my maid, Bilhah, and sleep with her. She will bear children for me, and through her I can have a family, too.” 4 So Rachel gave her servant, Bilhah, to Jacob as a wife, and he slept with her. 5 Bilhah became pregnant and presented him with a son. 6 Rachel named him Dan, for she said, “God has vindicated me! He has heard my request and given me a son.” 7 Then Bilhah became pregnant again and gave Jacob a second son. 8 Rachel named him Naphtali, for she said, “I have struggled hard with my sister, and I’m winning!”
9 Meanwhile, Leah realized that she wasn’t getting pregnant anymore, so she took her servant, Zilpah, and gave her to Jacob as a wife. 10 Soon Zilpah presented him with a son. 11 Leah named him Gad, for she said, “How fortunate I am!” 12 Then Zilpah gave Jacob a second son. 13 And Leah named him Asher, for she said, “What joy is mine! Now the other women will celebrate with me.”
Rachel answered, “I will let Jacob sleep with you tonight if you give me some of the mandrakes.”
16 So that evening, as Jacob was coming home from the fields, Leah went out to meet him. “You must come and sleep with me tonight!” she said. “I have paid for you with some mandrakes that my son found.” So that night he slept with Leah. 17 And God answered Leah’s prayers. She became pregnant again and gave birth to a fifth son for Jacob. 18 She named him Issachar, for she said, “God has rewarded me for giving my servant to my husband as a wife.” 19 Then Leah became pregnant again and gave birth to a sixth son for Jacob. 20 She named him Zebulun, for she said, “God has given me a good reward. Now my husband will treat me with respect, for I have given him six sons.” 21 Later she gave birth to a daughter and named her Dinah.
22 Then God remembered Rachel’s plight and answered her prayers by enabling her to have children. 23 She became pregnant and gave birth to a son. “God has removed my disgrace,” she said. 24 And she named him Joseph, for she said, “May the Lord add yet another son to my family.”
FIRST LOVE STORY IN THE BIBLE REVEALED THE FOLLOWING:
1. THAT THERE WAS ALREADY A FAMINE FOR LOVE IN HUMAN, JUST AS GOD HAD DECREED OVER EVE.
GEN3:16 “To the woman He said:
“I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception;
In pain you shall bring forth children;
Your desire shall be for your husband,
And he shall rule over you.” (NKJV)
2. THE WOMAN WHO DID NOT HAVE THE LOVE OF HER HUSBAND LOOKED FOR AFFIRMATION FROM GIVING BIRTH TO SONS (CHILDREN). A CHILDLESS WOMAN WAS CONSIDERED A DISGRACE. RACHAEL SUFFERED TO THE EXTENT SHE SAID SHE WOULD DIE IF REMAINING CHILDLESS!
3. WOMEN LIKE LEAH WAS UNLOVED BY HUSBANDS SO SHE SOUGHT AFFIRMATION OF HER ROLE AND STATUS BY BECOMING A MOTHER TO MANY SONS (AND ONE DAUGHTER TOO).
4. IN ALL THESE GOD ACTUALLY SAW AND HEARD THEIR PRAYERS. HE ANSWERED.
5. GOD HAS PLAN. HE FOLLOWS HIS PLAN.
6. HIS PLAN INCLUDES WOMEN, STARTING FROM EVE, WHOSE NAME MEANT MOTHER OF ALL WHO LIVE.
7. HIS PLAN INCLUDES MAN, STARTING WITH ADAM, OBVIOUSLY.
8. ONE VERY PROMINENT THEME THAT STANDS OUT IS : LOVE. THE GREAT CRY FOR LOVE!