Tuesday – Pentateuch
Reading – Genesis 29-30
“When Rachel saw that she wasn’t having any children for Jacob, she became jealous of her sister. She pleaded with Jacob, “Give me children, or I’ll die!””
Genesis 30:1 NLT
Let’s face it. Today’s reading is messed up.
First, Jacob meets Rachel and basically says, “Hi. I’m your cousin. Let’s get married.”
Then Rachel’s dad delivers Leah instead of Rachel. And Joseph doesn’t notice until morning?
Then Joseph ends up with two wives. Jealousy ensues which brings us to today’s verse.
Rachel’s jealousy leads her to make poor decisions. Mainly, she tells him to have a baby with her slave (I know it says servant but someone who can be forced to have a child with your boss’s husband is a slave).
The jealousy in that family runs rampant leading to Leah forcing her slave to have a child by Jacob and culminating in the jealous grown brothers of Joseph selling him into slavery.
Like I said, messed up reading today.
But, it warns us of the dangers of jealousy.
Have you been known to make poor decisions when you struggle with jealousy?
How can you keep a level head when people around you get all the breaks?