Jacob again outsmarts his brother Esau. Isaac is preparing to die (and is blind at this point) and wants to bless his older son. Rebekah helps Jacob cook a tasty meal, covers him in goat skins and sends him in to receive the blessing. Once Esau realizes he's been gipped, he throws a fit...which is understandable. The kicker in all of this is Rebekah. Her husband is dying and she's trying to pull one over on him. I'm not too convinced about her character. At this point Jacob has yet to take a wife and Rebekah claims that life will just not be worth living if he takes a wife from a certain region...kind of a drama queen.
Jacob flees to avoid his brother's anger (and murderous thoughts). One night he falls asleep on a rock and dreams that he is at the gateway to heaven. He awakes and pours oil over the rock and vows to give God 10% of whatever he is given. This is the first time a real tithe has been mentioned.
Jacob goes to the land of his uncle and meets his 2 cousins: Leah and Rachel. He falls in love with Rachel and works 7 years for her hand in marriage. Daddy pulls a trick when he gives Jacob Leah instead..."oh yea, by the way we never let the younger daughter marry first..whoops!". Jacob works yet another 7 years just for Rachel. God sees that Jacob isn't exactly crazy about Leah and makes her able to have children and closes Rachel up. I get this sad image of Leah as she keeps giving Jacob sons hoping that each time it will make him love her. At the birth of her 3rd son Levi, she even wonders that aloud. By the time the 4th comes around, she says "this time I will praise the Lord". She has learned that just because she hasn't found favor in her husband, he has fond favor with the Lord.
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