About 2 weeks ago, I was meditating on the character of Leah in the Bible, who was the mother of six of the twelve tribes of Israel. Her personality made a profound impact in my mind and I wonder why she is seldom studied!! Maybe we could quickly dive into her life to see what we can learn from her life.
We know that all of Israel’s twelve tribes came forth from 4 women. Leah, Rachel, Bilhah and Zilpah. Of these 4 women, Leah was the mother of six of the tribes of Israel, including Judah, whose tribe our Lord, Christ Jesus came from.
If we do a brief study of Judah, (the tribe from whom our Lord was from) it isn’t too pretty. A lot of chaos and mess! So, I could not wrap my mind around the fact that God chose the tribe of Judah to send his only Begotten Son!! Frankly, Judah would have been any one of our last choices. But it was God’s Final Choice!!
I was trying to understand why?!! Let us for a moment step back in time a little bit and go a little bit deeper.
Jacob fell in love with Rachel the very first glance he saw her. But when he asked Rachel’s hand in marriage, her father deceived the guy by getting her older daughter, Leah married to Jacob. From that moment on, Leah’s life was practically devastated.
She was on one hand the wife of Jacob, but day and night she had to live with the fact that the heart of her husband was not in love with her, but rather was enamored in love with her own sibling, Rachel. A place where NO WOMAN would want to be in. Even God took a note of her painful position!
“When the LORD saw that Leah was unloved, he enabled her to have children, but Rachel could not conceive.” Gen 29:31
Leah brought forth 4 sons in a row and after giving birth each time, we read in her confessions, how much she longed for the love of her spouse. Another fact that evidently stood out, was her OUTSTANDING pre-disposition about the goodness of God!! Not a SINGLE time do we see her complaining, although she had EVERY reason to do so!!
She could have been mad with her Dad for ruining her life. She could have been mad with her sister Rachel for stealing her husband’s love. And of course she could have been bitter with Jacob for quite obviously ignoring her for another woman! But Leah simply refused to let her circumstances determine what she would confess over HER life and the lives of HER CHILDREN!
Even through her personal sorrow and agony, she still purposed firmly to keep her Hope in the unending GOODNESS OF GOD!! She BELIEVED God to be righteous in everything He did, whether she understood it or Not!!
And God indeed was!! He was FAITHFUL to the tears of a lonely Mother. He sent His own Son through the Tribe of Judah, whose Mother was LEAH! He also chose the Tribe of Levi to minister before Him in the temple. No other tribe had that incredible honor of drawing close to God, under the Old Covenant, except the tribe of Levi, whose Mother was LEAH! God honored Leah!
Even as Leah was naming her children amidst all the pain, little did she know that she was calling out the DESTINY OF A NATION which was going to be God’s very own special people! The Nation of ISRAEL!!!
The name by which she called forth each son, by FAITH, was more powerful than some of the mess-ups that the sons actually DID!! GOD valued the FAITH and the HOPE of a lonely Mother and blessed Her Sons.
That’s My God! He sees what NO ONE else sees! He VALUES what EVERYONE else would discard! You may be a Leah, unloved and Alone, or you maybe a Rachel loved and adored! In God’s grand scheme of things, when we learn to SPEAK LIFE especially when circumstances get difficult, we are shaping INCREDIBLE DESTINIES for generations to Come!!
“And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Now I will praise the Lord.” Therefore she called his name Judah. Genesis 29:35
And out of JUDAH, came forth the Lamb of God!! Incredible what a simple Mother’s DECREEING can do!!!
Happy Women’s week to all the favored Women out there….Favored of God.
A Blessed Lenten season too!!!