Archive for October, 2015

In this chapter, we see the plight of a young woman Leah, given in marriage to a man Jacob, who is in love with her sister Rachel. Verse 31 says, “Now the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, and He opened her womb, but Rachel was barren.” She names her first-born Reuben, her second Simeon, and her third Levi, saying, “Because the Lord has seen my affliction; surely now my husband will love me, because the Lord has heard that I am unloved, now therefore my husband will become attached to me.” For years she is yearning to become the object of her husband’s affection and love, to no avail until she gives birth to her fourth child, and resigns herself for a moment to turn her attention toward God, and praise the Lord. She names the child “Judah,” which means “Praise.” Judah is the one who intervened in the life of his brother Joseph so that his brothers would not put him to death, but instead sell him into slavery, and through this act the whole nation of Israel, and the then known world, was spared. Jesus came to us through the lineage of the tribe of Judah, also intervening to God the Father that our lives be spared until He redeemed us from bondage. There are so many years that can be swallowed up in anguish and pain, as Leah’s was, because our attention is focused on the earthly, rather than the Divine. Not until we submit to and turn our desires toward…

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