About Genesis 24-35
We’re introduced to many characters in these chapters that are important to the entire Bible. In these chapters, we hear about Jacob and Esau (both of whom are talked about in the New Testament as well) and meet Jacob’s 12 sons. We will see the importance of all of these characters as we keeping digging into God’s Word.
Isaac and Rebekah
Abraham’s servant went to Nahor to find a wife for Isaac. He meets Rebekah by the well and she agrees to go back with him to marry Isaac.
Esau and Jacob
Rebekah ends up having twins, Esau and Jacob. The LORD says that the older (Esau) will serve the younger (Jacob). Esau ends up selling his birthright (the right to be recognized as and receive the benefits of the firstborn) to Jacob for a meal. Later, Rebekah and Jacob trick Isaac into giving Jacob his blessing instead of Esau.
Jacob and Laban
Esau vows to get revenge on Jacob, so Rebekah sends Jacob to her brother, Laban. Jacob falls in love with Laban’s daughter, Rachel. After working for Laban for 7 years in order to “win” Rachel, Laban gives him his other daughter, Leah. Jacob must work another 7 years in order to get Rachel.
Jacob and His Wives
Leah bears Jacob 4 sons, but Rachel is barren. Rachel gives Jacob her servant, Bilhah, as a wife so that she may have children through her. Bilhah bore Jacob 2 sons. Leah then gives Jacob her servant, Zilpah, as a life. She also bore him 2 sons. Leah has two more sons and a daughter. Finally, Rachel bears Jacob a son, Joseph. Jacob and his family leave Laban in secret. Later on, Rachel gives Jacob his twelfth son.
Esau and Jacob [Again]
On their way home, Jacob hears the Esau is coming to meet him and is fearful. When they met, Jacob bowed down, but Esau ran to embrace him.
Thoughts to Ponder
Esau gave up his birthright for a temporary pleasure. When do we similarly see ourselves giving up our “birthrights” in exchange for temporary pleasures of this world?
Leah has a response each time she conceives. Notice how her responses change with each child. Why do you think that progression happens?
Sometimes, we may hear the names Abraham, Issac, and Jacob and think that those men were the perfect founders of our faith. These chapters are great reminders that everyone is sinful, but God still used them in mighty ways.