Genesis 29:26–30 (ESV)
Jacob marries Leah and Rachel (Part 6)
…Why then have you deceived me?
26 Laban said, “It is not so done in our
country, to give the younger before the firstborn. 27 Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years.” 28 Jacob
did so, and completed her week. Then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife. 29 (Laban gave his female servant Bilhah to his daughter Rachel to be her servant.) 30 So
Jacob went in to Rachel also, and he loved Rachel more than Leah, and served Laban for another seven years.
I began with yesterday’s
question from Jacob to Laban… “Why then have you deceived me? Jacob’s sin falls back upon him. Just as he deceived his brother Esau, the firstborn, so also Laban deceives Jacob regarding a firstborn. When people are engaged and married,
falsehood and deceit leads to great harm, though the love of husband and wife can make hard work light. Luther writes: ““Without consent, agreements, and discussion the daughter is seized by the father and placed on the nuptial bed of Jacob.…
If these were the customs of those people, they certainly were very bad” (AE 5:301). Thanks be to God, the Church’s Bridegroom deals faithfully. He covers our debt with the sacrifice of His life and love so that we may be His.
I pray: Lord Jesus, we praise You for Your extravagant love. Amen.
Engelbrecht, E. A. (2009). The
Lutheran Study Bible (p. 62). St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House.