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Lesson 3: Jacob – His Wives


Genesis 29:1-30.

Your potential spouse is worth both waiting for and working for!

How would you like to have been Jacob? You set your heart on a beautiful young woman, talk to the family and agree to ‘work’ for them for her for 7 years and when the time is up, you get ‘stuck’ with the sister – the elder sister at that!!

That aside, how beautiful Rachel must have been! Not many people today would have a courtship that long, let alone an engagement! What sort of guy was Jacob, to be able to contain himself that long and to respect Rachel’s character for so long? And how many girls would wait that long for their guy, either?

But isn’t ‘true love’ worth it? What does the Bible say Jacob thought of those 7 years? “They seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her!” Hello, this isn’t a quote from some modern romantic novel or ‘chick-flick’ from Hollywood – this is what a ‘real man’ said! You might even equate him with a good Kiwi bloke!! And guess what? He even went on to work another 7 years for her!

Relationships have to be ‘worked’ at to last and mature. We so often want the easy approach and don’t want to make strong commitments. Because we don’t know how they may turn out or if a better offer may just come up. And how do I know they are the ONLY ONE or the right one for me anyway?

If love is an emotion we won’t, but if love is a choice we will!

Jacob CHOSE Rachel. He made his choice and stuck with it. Can I encourage you today? If you make a choice – stick with it through thick and thin because in the end, neither of you will regret it. Why? Because God is a Covenant-keeping God and He honours those who honour Him. It’s worth it just for that!

Jacob would say to us today...

I loved Rachel so much I would do it all over again for her. When you choose your wife, don’t stop giving her all you’ve got.


Father, help me remember that our marriage was made in Heaven! Help me to show the love I ought to my spouse. Help me to ‘work’ at and for every relationship I have with my loved ones. Rekindle my love whenever it begins to grow cool, I pray. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.

Additional readings

Ephesians 5:22-33; Ruth 3-4; Proverbs 31:10-31.


How did Jacob show his love to Rachel?

How did Jacob show his love to Leah?

How do you show your love to your spouse (or to others)?

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