Tuesday (3/5)
Tuesday (3/5)

Tuesday (3/5)

The Passage

Genesis 29:31-35

When the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren. 32 And Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben, for she said, “Because the Lord has looked upon my affliction; for now my husband will love me.” 33 She conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Because the Lord has heard that I am hated, he has given me this son also.” And she called his name Simeon. 34 Again she conceived and bore a son, and said, “Now this time my husband will be attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” Therefore his name was called Levi. 35 And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, “This time I will praise the Lord.” Therefore she called his name Judah. Then she ceased bearing.

Word Work

Put it in your own words. Read the passage or verse slowly, then rewrite each phrase or sentence using your own words.

Word Thoughts:

As the Lord is teaching Jacob the deceiver what it is like to be deceived, Leah, it seems, suffers the painful fate of being passed over by Jacob for her more beautiful sister, Rachel. Yet in an intriguing paragraph that draws forth once more the whole-Bible theme of blessing despite barrenness (see note on 11:30), the Lord makes Rachel barren and Leah fruitful. Amid much sisterly dysfunction (30:14–18), Leah, the unloved one, is enabled to carry out the divine mandate to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth (1:28). Rachel is unable to participate in this mandate until the very end of the episode (30:22), and only after she, like Jacob, wrestles and prevails (30:8).

Yet Leah, too, must learn that it is only through the Lord that her identity can be truly established. As she bears Jacob one son after another, she seeks to use her childbearing as a way to get Jacob to love her—“Now this time,” she says, “my husband will be attached to me, because I have borne him three sons” (29:34). She is building her identity on her husband’s love for her instead of on the Lord’s love for her. With the fourth son, however, divine grace breaks through: “This time I will praise the LORD” (29:35). Her fundamental affection has been redirected. And the name of the fourth son? Judah—the one through whom the covenant promises will finally be fulfilled (Heb. 7:14Rev. 5:5). (1)

Word Reflection:

  1. What stood out?
  2. The promise of God to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were so connected to the kids they would have. How does that drive dependence on the Lord?

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Memory Verse(s): Genesis 29:35

And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, “This time I will praise the Lord.” Therefore she called his name Judah. Then she ceased bearing.

End in Prayer

Resources used:

  1. Gospel Transformation Study Bible