From the Seasons Illustrated Bible Study blog: After the love story of Isaac and Rebekah, their son Jacob marries two sisters (long story involving deceit), Leah and Rachel. He loves Rachel but not Leah. While Rachel remains barren, Leah has child after child. First is Reuben, “Because the Lord has looked upon my affliction; for now my husband will love me” (Gen 29:32).
And still, Jacob doesn’t love her.
Next is Simeon, “Because the Lord has heard that I am hated, he has given me this son also.” (Gen 29:33).
And still, Leah is unloved.
Third is Levi, “Now this time my husband will be attached to me, because I have borne him three sons” (Gen 29:34).
And still, Jacob remains unattached.
Finally is Judah. With his birth, Leah says “This time I will praise the Lord” (Gen 29:35). Leah was not born in to Jacob’s faith; rather, she adopted it as her own when she married him.
Here we see that Leah truly was a woman of faith, who praises the Lord with every birth of her children, and mentions God in these chapters more often than any other figure. She took the faith of her husband and made it her own.
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