Then God remembered Rachel, and God listened to her and opened her womb. She conceived and bore a son and said, “God has taken away my reproach.” And she called his name Joseph, saying, “May the LORD add to me another son!”
Then they journeyed from Bethel. When they were still some distance from Ephrath, Rachel went into labor, and she had hard labor. And when her labor was at its hardest, the midwife said to her, “Do not fear, for you have another son.” And as her soul was departing (for she was dying), she called his name Ben-oni; but his father called him Benjamin. So Rachel died, and she was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem), and Jacob set up a pillar over her tomb. It is the pillar of Rachel's tomb, which is there to this day. Israel journeyed on and pitched his tent beyond the tower of Eder.
—Genesis 30:22-24; 35:16-21
by: Cheri Appel.
Scriptures and commentary of Rachel’s life indicate a self-centeredness more prominent than a faith in God’s sovereignty. Her lack of respect and little evidence of dependence on God; her demands, blaming, deceit, exaggeration, pride, and jealousy all stand out. When God finally gave her a son, Rachel immediately asked for another. Rachel prayed only when other efforts failed. As my daughter and I discussed Rachel’s spiritual shortcomings, to each statement she replied, “But don’t we all do that?” Yes, Rachel is an example for many. We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. What will be said when others study your life?