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上帝關愛那被丈夫失寵的人 The Unloved Wife found Comfort in God’s Love



The Unloved Wife found Comfort in God’s Love

March 25, 2018, Session 4 Unit 1: Women in the Bible

Genesis 29:16-35

Leah: The Unloved Wife

Worldwide Outreach Teaching School

Dr. Meiman Lai Saidi 賴美滿



上週Last Week:  甚至於在我們困難的時候,發現上帝用各種方式都在為我們工作。 We discovered the way in which God works in our lives, even during the trials of life.

這週This Week: 我們將看到上帝極其關愛那些沒有被愛的人                                                     We will see that those who feel unloved can find comfort in God’s love for them.

A. Jacob Marries Leah                                    A. 雅各利亞結婚

Scriptures Reading: Genesis 29:18-28a               經文: 創世記29:18-:28a                    

  1. Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, "I'll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel."
  2. Laban said, "It's better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me."
  3. So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her. Then Jacob said to Laban,
  4. "Give me my wife. My time is completed, and I want to lie with her."
  5. So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast.
  6. But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and gave her to Jacob, and Jacob lay with her.
  7. And Laban gave his servant girl Zilpah to his daughter as her maidservant.
  8. When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, "What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn't I? Why have you deceived me?"
  9. Laban replied, "It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one.
  10. Finish this daughter's bridal week; then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work."
  11. And Jacob did so. He finished the week with Leah, and then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife.

Laban is the brother of Jacob’s mother, uncle Laban has two daughter, Jacob loved the younger cousin, Rachel, but Laban gave Leah who is older and married first, because there was a custom of the land that Laban did not tell Jacob. The older daughter had to be married first. By giving Jacob Leah and not Rachel, Laban tricked Jacob into promising another seven years of hard work.

The reason for that was the custom of the day for a man to present a dowry, or substantial gift to the family of his future wife. This was to compensate the family for the loss of the girl. Jacob’s dowry was not a material possession, becuase he had none to offer, instead he agreed to work seven years for his uncle Laban.

B. Jacob Marries Rachel                                   

     Scriptures Reading: Genesis 29:28b-31

      28b Laban gave him his daughter Rachel  to be his wife.

  1. Laban gave his servant girl Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her maidservant.
  2. Jacob lay with Rachel also, and he loved Rachel more than Leah. And he worked for Laban another seven years.
  3. When the LORD saw that Leah was not loved, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren.


Jacob Kept the Promise with His Uncle

Although Jacob was tricked by his uncle Laban, he kept his part of the bargain. There was more at stake than just Jacob’s hurt. There was Rachel to think about, as well as God’s plan for his life. When we are tricked by others, keeping out part of the bargain may still be wise. Nursing our wounds or plotting revenge makes us unable to see from God’s perspective.




 C. A Substitute Blessing                                   

     Scriptures Reading: Genesis 29:31-35

  1. When the LORD saw that Leah was not loved, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren.
  2. Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben, for she said, "It is because the LORD has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now."
  3. She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, "Because the LORD heard that I am not loved, he gave me this one too." So she named him Simeon.
  4. Again she conceived, and when she gave birth to a son she said, "Now at last my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons." So he was named Levi.
  5. She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, "This time I will praise the LORD." So she named him Judah. Then she stopped having children.

Name’s Meaningful: Today parents usually give their children name that sound good or have sentimental appeal.  But the Old Testament portrays a more dynamic use of names. Parents often chose names that reflected the situation at the time of the birth. They sometimes hoped their children would fulfill the meaning of the names given them. Later the parents could book back and see if their grown children had lived up to their names.

Sometimes a person’s name was changed because his or her character and name did not match. This happened to Jacob “he grasps the heel, “fiquratively, he deceives”, whose name was changed to Israel (“he struggles with God”). Jacob’s character had changed to the point that he was no longer seen as a deceiver, but as a God-honoring man.


POINT: We must remember, like Leah, that our worth is not based on how someone else feels about us, but on God’s love for us, because God’s love and comfort will sustain us through hurt and loneliness.

God loved us enough to send His only Son to die for our sins. His perfect love is enough.

Today, let us remember this week that “love covers a multitude of sins”.

Out Reaching: Think about how you can reach out to those who feel lonely and rejected? Someone we know who is lonely, unloved, and unlovely is hungry for a kind word or deed.                   



18. 雅各愛拉結、就說、我願為你小女兒拉結服事你七年。

  1. 班說、我把他給你、勝似給別人、你與我同住罷。
  2. 雅各就為拉結服事了七年.他因為深愛拉結、就看這七年如同幾天
  3. 雅各對拉班說、日期已經滿了、求你把我的妻子給我、我好與他同房。
  4. 拉班就擺設筵席、請齊了那地方的眾人。
  5. 到晚上、拉班將女兒利亞送來給雅各、雅各就與他同房。
  6. 拉班又將婢女悉帕給女兒利亞作使女。
  7. 到了早晨、雅各一看是利亞、就對拉班說、你向我作的是甚麼事呢.我服事你、不是為拉結麼.你為甚麼欺哄我呢。
  8.  拉班說、大女兒還沒有給人、先把小女兒給人、在我們這地方沒有這規矩。
  9. 你為這個滿了七日、我就把那個也給你、你再為他服事我七年。
  10. 雅各就如此行.滿了利亞的七日、拉班便將女兒拉結給雅各為妻。

拉班雅各的舅父有兩個女兒,雅各愛那小表妹拉結(Rachel) ,但其舅拉班 給了大女兒利亞為妻,因當地風俗是老大必須先婚,拉班舅沒說清楚,雅各必再為舅舅作工七年才能得他所愛的那小表妹拉結(Rachel)為妻子。



B. 雅各拉結結婚                                   經文: 創世記29:28b-31

      28b 拉班便將女兒拉結給雅各為妻。

  1. 拉班又將婢女辟拉給女兒拉結作使女.
  2. 雅各也與拉結同房、並且愛拉結勝似愛利亞.於是又服事了拉班七年。
  3. 耶和華見利亞失寵、〔原文作被恨下同〕就使他生育.拉結卻不生育。







C. 取代的祝福                                                   經文: 創世記29:31-35

  1. 耶和華見利亞失寵、〔原文作被恨下同〕就使他生育.拉結卻不生育。
  2. 利亞懷孕生子、就給他起名叫流便、〔就是有兒子的意思〕因而說、耶和華看見我的苦情、如今我的丈夫必愛我。
  3. 他又懷孕生子、就說、耶和華因為聽見我失寵、所以又賜給我這個兒子.於是給他起名叫西緬。〔就是聽見的意思〕
  4. 他又懷孕生子、起名叫利未、〔就是聯合的意思〕說、我給丈夫生了三個兒子、他必與我聯合。
  5. 他又懷孕生子、說、這回我要讚美耶和華、因此給他起名叫猶大.〔就是讚美的意思〕這纔停了生育

名字的意識: 父母通常給孩子取動聽或感人的名字。但在舊約中取名有更生動的一面:父母常常按孩子出生時的情況而給他們取名,有時他們會盼望孩子將來能實現名字的取意。日後回望孩子的成長,看看他們是否人如其名。

有時人們會因性格和名字不合而改變名字,雅各就是這樣:雅各原意為 抓住腳跟、寓意 欺騙,後來他的名字改為以色列,就是 與上帝角力的意思。他的性格也改變了,他不再被看成騙子,而是尊敬上帝的人。



總之: 我們要記住, 就像Leah(利亞), 我們的價值不在於別人對我們的看待 , 但在乎於神的愛我們, 就因上帝的關愛將支援 (除去)我們的傷心和寂寞.

上帝愛我們至使其子耶穌,為我們贖罪而死. 祂那完全的愛已夠了。

今天, 讓我們記得這週所學的 愛能擦去許多罪孽”.

外展: 想一想那些是孤獨或寂寞的人呢?  某些您認識的人中誰是寂寞, 失愛, 這些人深需您說說慰心的話或行動之關懷.                             










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