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(Weekly Reading>>Genesis 28:10-32:3, Hosea 11:7-12:12, John 1:43-51)

The Kiss

When Jacob watered Rachel’s sheep, he kissed her and wept. This was prophetic of the Messiah Yeshua, who wept over His sheep before His death. His kiss of love to them would bring about His death, but in His death was the life source for all Yahweh’s sheepfold (Luke 22:44).

At Yeshua’s tomb

“…when the Sabbath was past, (three women) Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him. And they said among themselves, ‘Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?’ But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away” (Mark 16:1, 3-4).

Two People Groups - John 4:4-30

As mentioned earlier, we see two people groups/sheep in Genesis 29. The one group waiting at the well (House of Judah), and the sheep Rachel brought to the well (House of Israel), prophetic of the other sheep Yeshua spoke of when He said,

“I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd” (John 10:16; Ezekiel 37:15-28).

Jacob’s story is seen again in John 4:4-30 when Yeshua traveled through Samaria to visit His lost sheep. Samaria was the capital of the Northern Kingdom at the time and represented the House of Israel. The Samarians were not well liked by the Hebrews being of a mixture from the nations who had invaded that area years earlier (2 Kings 17:22-24). It was at the sixth hour when the sun was highest and hottest that Yeshua approached a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. She represented the ten (hidden) tribes of the Northern Kingdom (Rachel’s sheep). Yeshua asked this woman for a drink of water, and then shared with her about living water. When the woman saw Yeshua did not have a cup with which to draw water from Jacob’s well she questioned Him - how would He get this living water? Did He think He was greater than “her father Jacob who gave them the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds” (which represented all twelve tribes)? Yeshua told her all about herself then revealed He was the source of the living water. He also told her of a time coming when worshipers would worship Yahweh in spirit and truth. The woman (being the House of Israel) informed Him that the Jews (House of Judah) were waiting (the sheep waiting at the well) for their Messiah, and that when He comes He will tell them everything. Yeshua said to the woman, “The one speaking to you is He.”

Uncle Laban - Genesis 29

When Jacob met his uncle Laban, he shared his story. He then worked for Laban a month until wages were set between them. During this time, Jacob had fallen in love with Laban’s youngest daughter Rachel. He suggested working for Laban seven years as a bridal price or dowry. Laban agreed to the terms. However, when the fulfilled time had come for them to marry, Laban substituted his older daughter Leah for Rachel and without realizing the deception, Jacob married Leah.

Seven years represents a Sabbatical year cycle in Torah for the land. Every seven years the land must have a period of rest. They were not to reap the harvest from the land but live off whatever the land produced in that seventh year. During that year of rest, they were to cancel all debts. Any Hebrew man or woman who had agreed to work for his or her freedom (from slavery or debt) would be freed on the seventh year and given a generous supply of flocks, as well as grain and wine from the land which he/she helped produce. This seemed to be the case with Jacob. In the Sabbatical year he came to claim what was rightfully promised to him. Instead he was tricked, just as he had deceived Isaac and Esau seven years earlier.

Scripture states the main difference between the two women is that Rachel was lovely in form and beauty and Leah had weak eyes. The Hebrew character of weak eyes described a tender, soft, delicate (of flesh), weak of heart, timid or soft and gentle (of words). We see then that Leah was shy or timid, lacking self-confidence compared to Rachel whose character and beauty was of a good balance inside and out. This marriage to Leah may have been a lesson for Jacob as he took advantage of his father Isaac’s weak eyes in usurping his position over his brother Esau.

Discovering he had been tricked, Jacob confronted Laban. They again made arrangements for Rachel with Laban determining that Jacob must work another seven years for her dowry payment also. During that time Leah produced four sons for Jacob, while Rachel remained childless. The sons of Leah were Reuben, the firstborn, Simeon, Levi and Judah. Because of this, Rachel became very jealous of her sister.

Rachel took her frustration of being barren out on Jacob. Jacob pointed out the fault was not his but that it was Yahweh who had not released children to her. Rachel offered her maidservant Bilhah to Jacob that she might act as a surrogate mother. Bilhah produced Dan and Naphtali for Rachel. Leah, seeing she had stopped having children, offered her maidservant Zilpah to surrogate more children for her. From Zilpah came two more sons, Gad and Asher. After more sisterly rivalry, Leah again had children, this time giving birth to Issachar and Zebulun, and later a daughter she named Dinah.

“Then Yahweh remembered Rachel; He listened to her and opened her womb. She became pregnant and gave birth to a son saying, ‘Yahweh has taken away my disgrace.’ She named her firstborn Joseph, and said, ‘May Yahweh add to me another son’” (Genesis 30:22-24).

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