And Laban said unto Jacob, Because thou art my brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me for nought? Tell me, what shall thy wages be? And Laban had two daughters the name of the elder was Leah and the name of the younger was Rachel – Genesis 29:15-16.
God created humans to be joint stewards of His creation, with the creation of Eve, He established monogamous marriage between them for companionship and procreation. After the fall this divine institution became subject to corruption.
Marriage was ordained by God between Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. God created Eve from Adam’s rib by placing Adam in a deep sleep, and Adam called her woman (And Adam said, this is now bone of my bone, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman [Ishshah] because she was taken out of man [Ish] – Genesis 2:23). There wasn’t a third-party in the garden to interfere with what God had created and ordained.
God gave marriage as a gift to Adam and Eve, marriage wasn’t just for convenience or culture. It was instituted by God and had three basic aspects for then and now.
- The man was to leave his parents and in a public act, promises himself to his wife.
- The man and woman are joined together by taking responsibility for each other’s welfare and by loving the mate above all others.
- The two would become one flesh in intimacy and commitment of sexual union which is reserved for marriage.
After Adam’s and Eve’s disobedience by not following the instructions God had given them not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they gave their authority to Satan. When Satan received the dominion that was given to Adam and Eve, sin was unleashed. As the world was populated, man’s heart became contrary to the instructions of God, and they begin to live life according to their desires rather than the plan God had instituted.
Jacob was the Son of Isaac who was the son of Abraham. Isaac had two sons, Esau and Jacob. Ordinarily, a father would give the primary blessing to the firstborn, in this case Esau. Because Isaac’s failed vision it allowed Jacob and his mother to deceive Isaac by pretending he was his brother Esau. Jacob previously had tricked Esau out of his birthrights, then he stole his blessings from his father. Jacob was known as a trickster. Jacob didn’t realize one day he would be deceived according to the word of God (Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap – Galatians 6:7). Jacob’s deceitfulness returned to him when he was to marry Rachel, but received Leah. On the evening of the first day of the feast, the bride would be taken to the tent of the groom into a prepared nuptial chamber. There the couple would consummate their physical union.
It was in the chamber, Laban brought Leah to Jacob, passing her off as Rachel. The chamber was dark, the bride’s face was covered and most likely Jacob had been drinking, celebrating at the feast for his marriage. The next morning, Jacob found out his bride that he had worked for, for seven years wasn’t the woman he supposed to had married, but her sister Leah, the younger daughter. Although Laban knew he was deceiving Jacob, he used the excuse of according to their custom, the younger wasn’t to marry before the elder this is why he gave him his younger daughter.
Jacob had once used Isaac’s blindness to deceive him about his identity, now Laban used the darkness to deceive Jacob about the identity of his bride. In order for Jacob to marry Rachel, he would have to work another seven years, and he did because of the love he had for Rachel. According to the Mosaic Law the practice of man marrying two sisters was prohibited (Neither shall thou take a wife to her sister, to vex her, to uncover her nakedness, beside the other in her life time – Leviticus 18:18). Because of man’s hardened heart of the instructions of God, the word of God was rejected and man lived by his self-will. God’s word is not a cultural thing, but it’s to be applied to every nation that was created by the Creator, God.
Living according to self-will and rejecting the word of God can cause misery and pain. It causes hardship to ourselves and others. In order to live according to God’s written instructions, we have to have a desire to live by them, if we ask God to help us to live according to His written word, He would give us that desire, because then we would be living according to His word and His will.