Jacob Encountering Rachel with her Father’s Herds by Joseph von Führich, 1836

Jacob Encountering Rachel with her Father’s Herds by Joseph von Führich, 1836

Lectionary text from Genesis 29

The Genesis drama intensifies as Jacob falls in love with Rachel, but is tricked by his father-in-law and marries Leah (Rachel's sister) instead. Jacob, who once deceived his father to steal his brother's blessing, now falls victim to being deceived himself. As Dr. Levison and Rev. Williams discuss, in the midst of relationship upheaval and what starts to sound like a modern-day soap opera, somehow the promise of God remains steadfast and continues to be fulfilled.

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