Read Genesis 29:1-14

Genesis 28:1-2So Isaac called for Jacob, blessed him, and said, “You must not marry any of these Canaanite women.  Instead, go at once to Paddan-aram, to the house of your grandfather Bethuel, and marry one of your uncle Laban’s daughters.

In this chapter 29 we encounter Jacob in his search for a wife – as instructed by his father Isaac and recorded in chapter 28. The father wanted his son to marry wisely rather than get attached to one of the local women, who were not God-fearing people. He had little idea of who he might find, but the instructions were clear enough, find someone from Laban’s family – a relative. Bit of a needle in a haystack you might think, but Jacob asks around in the right area until he finds someone who knows the family. And then – shepherdess Rachel arrives! Of course, the whole story is reported to Jacob’s uncle Laban, and the scene is set for a love story with twists and turns.

Marrying wisely, in father Isaac’s eyes at least, was vital if the faith of his father Abraham was to be maintained. Back in chapter 28 we also find recorded Jacob’s dream of God’s promise to Abraham being made to him as well. ‘Your descendants will be as numerous as the dust of the earth! They will spread out in all directions—to the west and the east, to the north and the south. And all the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants.‘ (28:14) Jacob’s marriage carried with it the conditions and covenant promises made to Abraham. So to find a wife sympathetic to those ideals was very important, and God was watching over Jacob to guide him in the right direction.

Many a Christian woman and man have stood firm on this principle, and sought only a partner sharing their own faith.

Tuesday 18th May Daily Notes from The Hub