Jacob's love for Rachel was both patient and practical. Jacob had the patience to wait seven years for her, but he kept busy in the meantime. his commitment to Rachel kindled a strong loyalty within her. In fact, her loyalty to Jacob got out of hand and became self-destructive. She was frustrated by her barrenness and desperate to compete with her sister for Jacob's attention. She was trying to gain from Jacob what he had already given: devoted love.
Strengths and accomplishments:
Weaknesses and mistakes:
- She showed great loyalty to her family
- She mothered Joseph and Benjamin after being barren for many years
Lessons from her life:
- Her envy and competitiveness marred her relationship with her sister, Leah
- She was capable of dishonesty when she took her loyalty too far
- She failed to recognize that Jacob's devotion was not dependent on her ability to have children
- Loyalty must be controlled by what is true and right
- Love is accepted, not earned
- Where: Haran
- Occupation: Shepherdess, housewife
- Relatives: Father - Laban. Aunt - Rebekah. Sister - Leah. Husband - Jacob. Sons - Joseph and Benjamin.
"So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her" (Genesis 29:20)
Rachel's story is told in Genesis 29 - 35:20. She also is mentioned in Ruth 4:11.
All material quoted is from the Life Application Study Bible. See the sidebar under "Bible Study: Genesis" for link to this reference.