by Harley Howard

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Genesis Chapter 30 (30 of 47)
Series: The Study of The Word Of God
Harley Howard

From Verse 1 through verse 24, we see the continuing saga of the children that were born to Jacob. As I have already stated, all of the sons would be very prominent in the plan of God; however, there were many conflicts between the two main female characters concerning this area of bearing children. Leah produced 4 sons while Rachel was barren. This caused a great conflict, which we will see in this chapter. However, in the process of God's timing for Rachel, she's praying to God continually for Him to open her womb. This is a great lesson about the patriarch families. Their waiting for God moved them to prayer and confidence in God. This is the inevitable result of any God-produced trails. They always produce patience, a character trait that is not a virtue, but a characteristic of Godliness and yieldedness to the plan and will of God. In chapter 29:35 we see that Leah stopped having children.

1 And when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.

Rachel was burning with rage and jealousy at Leah, because she could not produce children and that her sister could. This caused her to make an irrational plea to Jacob, a plea of course that he could not fulfill.

2 And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, Am I in God's stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?

Jacob was angered and told her that it was the Lord who withheld her womb so that she could not have children. It may have been that she was blaming Jacob for her inability, but I can't see how.

3 And she said, Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; and she shall bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her.

It kind of makes you wonder what is the true motive behind her wanting children. I understand that in that culture, not to have children was to be frowned upon gr ...

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