When the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren. And Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben, for she said, “Because the LORD has looked upon my affliction; for now my husband will love me.” She conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Because the LORD has heard that I am hated, he has given me this son also.” And she called his name Simeon. Again she conceived and bore a son, and said, “Now this time my husband will be attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” Therefore his name was called Levi. And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, “This time I will praise the LORD.” Therefore she called his name Judah. Then she ceased bearing.
by: Cheri Appel.
Jacob was a good husband to Leah, but she knew she was not his beloved. She turned to God for comfort and provision. God honored Leah by allowing her to give birth to Jacob’s first-born son. Rueben’s name proclaims, “See a son!” Second was Simeon, an answer to her prayers. Third, Levi united Jacob to her as the mother of his children. Levi’s tribe of priests would serve in God’s temple. Fourth, Judah’s name praised God for Leah’s fruitfulness and Jacob’s respectful love for her. Through Judah’s lineage, God provided salvation for all humanity. God blessed Leah for her faithfulness. What are your challenges? How are you remaining faithful?