Reading Genesis 29 is watching one of the first’s telenovelas of the old ages. In the beginning there’s a well that with the power of love Jacob moved it moved and fell in love with Rachel; after a seven years and night Jacob found out that Rachel is not going to be the first wife of him; seven more years will pass until she will be his wife, but her womb will be closed by God.
And Leah, what can we say about this unloved woman with her special eyes. She can give birth, but the eyes of Jacob is looking at her sister.
However, she tried to cause Jacob to love her, and we can see it by reading the verses of the birth of Reuben, Simeon and Levi, as written:
“וַתַּ֤הַר לֵאָה֙ וַתֵּ֣לֶד בֵּ֔ן וַתִּקְרָ֥א שְׁמ֖וֹ רְאוּבֵ֑ן כִּ֣י אָֽמְרָ֗ה כִּֽי־רָאָ֤ה יְהוָה֙ בְּעָנְיִ֔י כִּ֥י עַתָּ֖ה יֶאֱהָבַ֥נִי אִישִֽׁי׃וַתַּ֣הַר עוֹד֮ וַתֵּ֣לֶד בֵּן֒ וַתֹּ֗אמֶר כִּֽי־שָׁמַ֤ע יְהוָה֙ כִּֽי־שְׂנוּאָ֣ה אָנֹ֔כִי וַיִּתֶּן־לִ֖י גַּם־אֶת־זֶ֑ה וַתִּקְרָ֥א שְׁמ֖וֹ שִׁמְעֽוֹן׃וַתַּ֣הַר עוֹד֮ וַתֵּ֣לֶד בֵּן֒ וַתֹּ֗אמֶר עַתָּ֤ה הַפַּ֙עַם֙ יִלָּוֶ֤ה אִישִׁי֙ אֵלַ֔י כִּֽי־יָלַ֥דְתִּי ל֖וֹ שְׁלֹשָׁ֣ה בָנִ֑ים עַל־כֵּ֥ן קָרָֽא־שְׁמ֖וֹ לֵוִֽי׃”
“And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, surely the Lord hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me. And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, because the Lord hath heard I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also: and she called his name Simeon.And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi. (Genesis 29:32-34)
“Now therefore my husband will love me”
“The Lord hath heard I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also”
“This time will my husband be joined unto me”.
How miserable is Leah, and how miserable are kids there are brought to this world in order to cause a relationship to survive- don’t you think?
Have a peaceful day,