And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured Genesis 29:16-17
So now we continue on our journey as Jacob is now looking for a wife. He left the land of Canaan to go back to his homeland and find a suitable wife. Upon his arrival he met Rachel , who was said to be very beautiful and kind. And it was love at first sight, as Jacob was mesmerized by her
However the story is going to take a twist, as Rachel is not the eldest sister. Therefor her father wants the eldest sister, Leah, to get married first. There father made an agreement with Jacob that he could marry Rachel after he worked for him for seven years, however the deceiver got deceived
And 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? Genesis 29:25
I don’t know if Jacob had a little too much wedding wine, but upon the wedding day their father switched them and Jacob actually married Leah instead of Rachel. Once Jacob realized this the next morning, he made another agreement to work 7 more years to finally marry Rachel
Now this obviously is going to create a lot of family drama. However God is going to use this mess to make the nation of Israel.
And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren. Genesis 29:31
The truth of the matter is Jacob loved Rachel but not Leah. However Rachel was unable to have children and Leah was very fertile. This turned out to be a blessing from Jacob, as remember the 12 tribes (sons) of Israel are to come from Jacob
God had mercy on Leah and gave her the blessing of children. Now in todays society that might not seem like a blessing, but in this culture having children was the greatest wealth (blessing) you could receive from God
Leah had 4 sons (Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah) Remember the Messiah will come from the tribe of Judah….Leah has blessed this world forever!