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2017 February 10
Jacob Meets Rachel at the Well (c. 1853)
William Dyce (1806-1864)
Blend of the Nazarene School of German Romanticism and the Pre-Raphaelite Styles
Leicester Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester, England, United Kingdom
Image Source: Athenaeum
[ I will again be working through the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. I will be adding links, resources, images, and the like, upgrading the former work-through which began with the 2013-10-12 posting which can be found, along with the full Genesis to Revelation postings, in the Archive Page. Postings will be at midnight Eastern Time, as I am able. However, no days will be skipped, even though a posting may be late. And all postings will be housed in the Archive Page. ]
Explanation: In Genesis 29 Jacob takes two wives and has his first four sons. In the previous chapter, Jacob began the journey that led him toward these developments; in this chapter the journey continues, and Jacob comes to a well near his uncle Laban's land (1-3). The local people told him that they knew Laban and that his daughter Rachel was approaching (4-8).
When she arrived, he rolled the stone from the well, watered Laban's flock, and identified himself to Rachel as Laban's nephew, which caused her to run to tell her father the news (9-12). Laban came personally to greet him and he stayed with Laban for a month (13-14). Afterward Laban invited him to work for him and name his wages; and Jacob agreed to work for seven years to receive Rachel as his wife (15-20).
But when the time came to marry Rachel, Laban gave Jacob her older, less attractive sister, Leah, instead, and bargained with him for another seven years of work to receive Rachel (21-30). But the LORD blessed Leah with four sons because she was despised; and Rachel was barren (31-35).
So great was the LORD's blessings upon Leah that from two of her sons came the chief leaders of the nation or Israel: From Levi came Moses who was the greatest of all the prophets except for Jesus. Also from Levi came and the whole priestly caste, including Aaron, who was the brother of Moses, and was the greatest of Israel's High Priests, superseded only by Jesus who is now the sole priest and is a Priest after the order of Melchizedek. And from Judah came Israel's greatest and best king, David, except for his descendant Jesus, who inherited David's throne and established it eternally.
[ Sermons: William Still. Stuart Olyott. Sinclair B Ferguson. Various. ]
[ Illustration: Today's painting shows Jacob identifying himself to Rachel, as described in today's chapter. ]
[ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Genesis 29:  Hosea 12:12.
 Genesis 24:29.
 Exodus 2:17.
 Genesis 33:4; Genesis 45:15; 1 Corinthians 16:20; 2 Corinthians 13:12; 1 Peter 5:14.
 Genesis 24:28.
 Genesis 2:23; Judges 9:2; 2 Samuel 5:1; 2 Samuel 19:12.
 Genesis 31:41.
 Judges 15:1.
 Judges 14:10; John 2:9.
 Judges 14:12.
 Matthew 1:2. -- From the KJV Reference Bible ]
[ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]
[ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]
[ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
[ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]
HARMONY OF THE LAW
HEBREW AND GREEK INTERLINEAR BIBLES
Pentateuch Detailed Outline:
Genesis Detailed Outline:
9. Generations of Isaac (Ge 25:19 - Ge 35:29) - 2066 - 1886 B.C. Canaan
1 Then Jacob went on his journey [lifted up his feet], and came into the land of the people of the east.
2 And he looked, and behold a well in the field, and, lo, there were three flocks of sheep lying by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks: and a great stone was upon the well's mouth.
3 And thither were all the flocks gathered: and they rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the sheep, and put the stone again upon the well's mouth in his place.
4 And Jacob said unto them, My brethren, whence be ye? And they said, Of Haran are we.
5 And he said unto them, Know ye Laban the son of Nahor? And they said, We know him.
6 And he said unto them, Is he well? And they said, He is well: and, behold, Rachel his daughter cometh with the sheep.
7 And he said, Lo, it is yet high day, neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together: water ye the sheep, and go and feed them.
8 And they said, We cannot [we are not able], until all the flocks be gathered together, and till they roll the stone from the well's mouth; then we water the sheep.
9 And while he yet spake with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep: for she kept them.
10 And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother.
11 And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept.
12 And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's brother, and that he was Rebekah's son: and she ran and told her father.
13 And it came to pass, when Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sister's son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him, and kissed him, and brought him to his house. And he told Laban all these things.
14 And Laban said to him, Surely thou art my bone and my flesh. And he abode with him the space of a month.
15 And Laban said unto Jacob, Because thou art my brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me for nought? tell me, what shall thy wages be?
16 And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.
17 Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured [lovely of shape and lovely of appearance].
18 And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.
19 And Laban said, It is better that I give her to thee, than that I should give her to another man: abide with me.
20 And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him [were in his eyes] but a few days, for the love he had to her.
21 And Jacob said unto Laban, Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in unto her.
22 And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast.
23 And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in unto her.
24 And Laban gave unto his daughter Leah Zilpah his maid for an handmaid.
25 And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me?
26 And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.
27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.
30 And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years.
31 And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.
32 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.
33 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the LORD hath heard that I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also: and she called his name Simeon.
34 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.
35 And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the LORD: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.
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