Sharon Wilharm Bible Storyteller

Rachel and Leah Join Forces

Jacob knew it was time to leave Laban and return to the land of his fathers, but before he did anything, he consulted Rachel and Leah. He explained to them that he was no longer held in favor by their father. They knew how Laban had deceived Jacob, changing his wages ten times.

Jacob went on to tell them that God had spoken to him in a dream and told him to leave where he was and return to the land of his family.

The sisters pointed out that their father’s actions had impacted them as well. He had taken from their inheritance and treated them as strangers. He’d sold them and consumed their money. They said to do whatever God told him to do.

So while Laban was away shearing his sheep, Jacob set his wives and sons on camels and carried away all his livestock and all his possessions and headed to his father Isaac in the land of Canaan.

Jacob could have just packed up the family and moved without ever consulting anyone, but he didn’t. He could have discussed it only with Rachel, his beloved. Instead, he sought the attention of both women, and they responded as one.

Laban pitted the two sisters when he swapped out Leah for Rachel on Rachel’s wedding day. For years the two women had competed for the affection of their shared husband. But at that moment when Jacob came to them, they joined forces and came together as family.

Interesting that as Jacob prepared to make things right with his estranged brother, the rival sisters bonded together.

Do you have family members who have hurt you? Have you grown estranged from those you once loved? Take the opportunity today to reach out in love and bond as a family.

Read the story: Genesis 31:1-21

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