Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Rachel - Worth Your Weight In Gold.

Genesis 29:14b-18 After Jacob had stayed with him for a whole month, Laban said to him, "Just because you are a relative of mine, should you work for me for nothing? Tell me what your wages should be." Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel was lovely in form, and beautiful. Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, "I'll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel."

Ever have a relative move in with you? What's the proper etiquette there, huh? What about the opposite - have you ever had to move in with family due to a circumstance? Jacob had been staying at Rachel's house for a month now. One might assume that Jacob is doing what he can to help out around the house - we know he was strong enough to move that rock from the well. Laban lays out a little job offer. I'm not sure what may have caused this conversation to take place. What was going on at this house that the main man (Laban) felt led to offer compensation to a man whom he was already giving room and board to? Was Jacob doing SO much work that Laban was afraid he would leave if he didn't offer something?- probably not. Here's my assumption: Maybe, just maybe, Laban was trying to feel Jacob out and see what his plans were - how long he was going to hang around, was he going to offer anything more for his family - and this was his subtle attempt to get those answers.

Well Jacob gives his answers in full throttle: I love Rachel. I will work for seven years for her. SEVEN YEARS! I don't think I've ever purposely waited seven years for anything! This amount of time was well above in dowry he could have offered him for his daughter.

I wonder how Rachel felt? I wonder if her father came in and said, "he's willing to work for me seven years to get you!" Maybe her heart started pumping and she got excited that he would value her so much as to offer such a high amount.

Jesus has already paid the price for us. He saw us and said "I want that person right there" and He was willing to pay the ultimate price. He gave His Life at Calvary so that we could be with Him forever. I don't know about you, but that makes me feel pretty special.

2 wonderful insights:

Kay Martin said...

Yes, my true value is in the wondrous truth that Jesus paid all for me; and you.

My weird sense of humor when I read your title: My weight in Gold...well since I'm overweight and gold has hit record highs I was enjoying doing the math!!!

But seriously....again, my value is in Jesus Christ that He abides in me.

sailorcross said...

Hi Dorothy!!

"I want that person right there"....and then He paid the price, His own suffering and death for me, for you, for all of us!!

As I read this post, came to the end I took a little time and thought about this.

How many people on this earth did Jesus die for that don't know Him personally, or do know of Him and just don't believe--don't have a relationship with Him.

Am I doing my part in the Great Commission? Am I living out the two Great Commandments?

You have put my thinking cap on me this morning!