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TOGETHER WITH THEIR PARENTS Rachel Leah Bat- Laban and Jacob Ben-Isaac REQUEST THE PLEASURE OF YOUR COMPANY AT THE CELEBRATION OF THEIR UNION. GENESIS 29:1-35 创世记 29:1-35 창세기 29:1-35. Haran Paddan -Aram Modern Iraq. INVITATION TO FOLLOW. You Probably Know This Story.

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TOGETHER WITH THEIR PARENTS

Rachel Leah Bat-Laban

and

Jacob Ben-Isaac

REQUEST THE PLEASURE OF YOUR COMPANY

AT THE CELEBRATION OF THEIR UNION

GENESIS 29:1-35

  • 创世记 29:1-35창세기 29:1-35

HaranPaddan-AramModern Iraq

INVITATION TO FOLLOW



Love at first sight
Love At First Sight?

  • Not the “mama’s boy” we were expecting (vv. 2-3, 8, 10)

  • Not planning to “play the field” (v. 5)

  • Not the “love match” we were expecting (“and the sheep” v. 10)

William Dyce’s painting ofJacob meeting Rachel


Not always as they seem
Not Always As They Seem

  • “Family” may not mean what you think

  • “bone and flesh?”echoes of Adam/Eve

  • Generous offer or veiled threat?(v. 15)

  • Keeping it in the family (v. 19)

  • “stay with me” (v. 19)

Rembrandt’s sketch of Labanmeeting Jacob



Laban s response
Laban’s Response

  • Tradition – firstborn gets taken care of first

  • Deal – finish the traditional seven (7) days of the feast and…

  • Credit – you get Rachel on the promise of seven (7) more years

  • Triangle – someone gets hurt!


Leah wins 9 4
Leah “Wins” 9-4?

SEE! A SON!

HEARD!

JOINED!

PRAISED!


Chagall s jacob and rachel
Chagall’s Jacob and Rachel

Even when we choose Rachel and we get Leah the leaven of God’s life, the leaven of God’s love, the leaven of God’s presence, the leaven of God’s healing is working within us to transform and make new our lives.



Two sisters
Two Sisters

Rachel means “ewe”

“shapely?”

“fair/pale?”

Leah means “weak”

“weak eyes?”

“cross-eyed?”


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