Relentless Grace: Wrestling With God (Genesis 29-32)

Jacob travels to Laban, who is his uncle, so that he can find a wife and not marry any of the Canaanite women. Laban takes him in and Jacob begins working for him. Laban tells Jacob that he must not work for him for free. So Jacob asks to work for Rachel so that he can marry her. Jacob loved Rachel and agrees to work for seven years for her. The text tells us that working those seven years “seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her” (Genesis 29:20). When the seven years were over, Jacob asks to marry Rachel. So the wedding festival is put together but when Jacob wakes the next morning he finds out that he had been given Leah, which was Rachel’s older sister, rather than Rachel.

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