Good Evening Mummy Meditators!! We are on the home straight with this crazy story about two sisters. I hope you have enjoyed discovering more about them over the last few weeks. Don’t forget to catch up on Naomi’s summary post from last week if you missed it. Our meditation verse from this week was:
“He put the female servants and their children in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph in the rear.” Genesis 33:2
What’s going on here then?
Just for a quick bit of context, in this verse the whole family are moving back to where Jacob came from originally after having lived a long time with Laban, Rachel and Leah’s Father. This is no ordinary house move, and the mix of emotions flying around would have been very intense. Mainly because when Jacob left, it was under a cloud. His brother Esau wanted to murder him for tricking him out of his father’s blessing. So for Jacob, he probably didn’t really want to go back and was expecting there to be hostility on his arrival, not a warm family welcome.
Knowing that, Jacob orders his family as they approach arriving. Given that he thinks there will be hostility (and whoever is at the front will bear the brunt of that!), the order he puts the women and their children in here is quite telling about where his affections still lie!
In Rachel’s Shoes
I am sure Rachel would be jumping for joy that she was in the safety at the back of the line. There was no chance she would get hurt if Esau and his family were in an angry mood. Even with the difficulty in conceiving and not trusting God fully, Rachel receives love, care and protection. I am sure she would be extra happy too that her only child, Joseph, would be safe as well.
In Leah’s Shoes
This was a bit more a risky place to be in the line. If you were Leah, it would probably serve as another punch in the gut that you aren’t as loved as Rachel. You are more dispensable if things go wrong, although some comfort may have been had that she was further up in the line than the servants. I can’t help but feel sorry for Leah, that this life that her Father deceived Jacob to get has been awful for her. The what if’s start to creep in. What if Rachel had been Jacob’s first wife – maybe Leah would have been married off to someone who actually loved her and she would have thrived. Their sisterly relationship would have been one of support (or maybe they wouldn’t have lived close enough to each other) rather than constantly trying to undermine each other. To me its all a bit sad that it turned out this way, but I know that despite some awful decisions made by people in this story that God uses it to bring 12 amazing boys (and at least one amazing girl!) into this world who He has an important job for.
I love that despite the reason that Jacob ordered his family (to protect the ones he card most about in case of attack), the welcome he received from Esau was one of warmth and love. When Jacob goes to introduce his family, it is in that order that they get to meet Esau. The servants who were mixed up in all this were exalted as they got to meet Esau and be introduced first, whilst the two sisters were last (V6-7). Isn’t this always the way with God? Those who exalt themselves and look for gain, will be humbled, and those who humble themselves and serve will be exalted. It was certainly the way with His own son, Jesus.
In our final week with Rachel and Leah (before we start our new exciting series!!!), we will be meditating on this verse:
“Then they moved on from Bethel. While they were still some distance from Ephrath, Rachel began to give birth and had great difficulty. 17And as she was having great difficulty in childbirth, the midwife said to her, “Don’t despair, for you have another son.” Genesis 35:16-17
Naomi will be leading the discussion in our Facebook Community, so please do join in the conversation! Why not invite another mum friend to join us ready for the new series next week, and don’t forget to check out the NEW MUMMY MEDITATIONS SHOP and stock up on some resources to help you get deeper into the bible with us.