Today’s Scrip-Bit 24 May 2010 Genesis 30:13‏

Genesis 30:13     And Leah said, Happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed: and she called his name Asher.

 

Ah Friends, it’s Monday, so you know what that means; time to ensure we have on our spiritual armour before heading out to do battle with Beelzebub and his flunkies in the new work week. Luckily though, some of us in the old British Colonies won’t have to do that until tomorrow, because today we’re celebrating the birthday of good, ole Queen Vic (Queen Victoria), that hardnosed monarch who ruled her domain with an iron fist and morality to match. This is really a special weekend in more ways than one, for it’s also Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit invaded the bodies of the disciples as they sat together in a house in Jerusalem, giving them some hitherto unheard of supernatural abilities. (Acts 2) It can also be considered the beginning of the Church as we know it, for previously the disciples were scared to move around after Jesus ascended, plus He’d told them to stay in Jerusalem until they were imbued with the Holy Ghost. Once that happened, they were rejuvenated, then boldly went out spreading the gospel. This Whitsuntide weekend was also the busiest when I was growing up in Tobago, with a big track and field and cycling show down at Shaw Park, where athletes from all over the world came to showcase their talents. But like the dodo bird, that’s been extinct for many years, replaced, I believe, by a boat race called the Great Race. Here in Ontario it also marks the start of the gardening, boating and cottage seasons. So there are lots of celebrations and activities in the Western hemisphere this weekend. And though summer isn’t officially due for another month, the summer madness has surely begun. It’s also time to continue looking at the highly dramatic life of Jacob while living in Padan-aram. Yesterday we saw how the great fraud artist was outsmarted by his father-in-law Laban, getting Jacob to work fourteen years for him and to marry his two daughters, Leah, the oldest, and Rachel, his heart’s desire. Having done all that without consulting the Lord, Jacob then showed public preference for Rachel. That obviously displeased the Lord and He intervened by blessing Leah with four sons, Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah, before she stopped having children, while Rachel remained barren. Unfortunately Friends, all of that was small time drama compared to what came later. And since nobody tells a story like the Good Book, let’s pick it up from where we left off yesterday. ‘And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.’ (Gen.30:1) Yes my people, as expected, the green eyed monster (envy, jealousy) raises its ugly head, bringing its bosom chums of discontent, depression and death wishes with haunting suicidal inclinations. ‘And Jacob’s anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, Am I in God’s stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?’ (Gen.30:2) Poor Jacob! Though he was partly responsible for his dilemma, I wouldn’t wish that type of situation on my worst enemy. But Rachel refuses to give in or be appeased, and this is where the modern day soap opera writers are put to shame by the Good Book. ‘And she said, Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; and she shall bear (to be) upon my knees, that I may also have children (be built up) by her. And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife: and Jacob went into her.’ (Gen.30:3-4) Oh Friends, yuh see what kind of perverse and evil actions the green eyed monster can cause if we’re not very careful. A fourth party is now introduced into the equation; Rachel’s maid, Bilhah, along with adultery and infidelity, more ungodly behaviour. ‘And Bilhah conceived, and bare Jacob a son. And Rachel said, God hath judged me (my case), and hath also heard my voice, and hath given me a son: therefore she called his name Dan (Judge). And Bilhah Rachel’s maid conceived again, and bare Jacob a second son. And Rachel said, with great wrestlings (of God) have I wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed: and she called his name Naphtali (My Wrestling). (Gen.30:5-8) What a bam-bam mih breddren! Apparently after all the hoopla, Rachel is quite pleased with herself, for she’s given her husband two sons, though they were conceived through her maid. Yuh see people, that’s another thing we didn’t start; surrogate motherhood, one woman bearing a child for another. The Good Book was way ahead of us. (smile) But just like yesteryear, surrogate motherhood is still causing all sorts of problems today. Ah Friends, if only the stupid rivalry had ended there, but unfortunately, human nature being stubborn, selfish and always wanting to prevail, it continued, in fact it got worse. ‘When Leah saw that she had left bearing, she took Zilpah her maid, and gave her to Jacob to wife.’ (Poor fella!) ‘And Zilpah Leah’s maid bare Jacob a son. And Leah said, A troop (fortune) cometh: and she called his name Gad (Fortune). And Zilpah Leah’s maid bare Jacob a second son. And Leah said, Happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed: and she called his name Asher (Happy). (Gen.30:9-13) Hn, hn! Jacob surely was a man of plenty parts yes! I guess in some circles today he would be considered a hero; a man amongst men, for his dalliance with four women in the same household at the same time. But all I can say is, better him than me yes! I want no part of such a relationship. Living with one woman is hard enough, much less four. Steups! But people, yuh see the long line of unholy events that one single act of deceit can trigger. If Laban had not deceived Jacob into marrying Leah, then probably none of the jealousy, intrigue and ungodliness would have happened. Anyway Friends, that’s today’s episode of ‘Jacob’s Harem.’ Tune in tomorrow, God willing, for the next episode in the continuing saga of Jacob’s unconventional life. Till then, Much LOVE!…in each life there must be sunshine and rain…but only God knows…how much of each…where and when…

 

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