“Finish this daughter's bridal week; then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work." And Jacob did so. He finished the week with Leah, and then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife.”
Read V1-14. Describe Jacob’s meeting with Rachel. What does this even reveal about Jacob?
Read V15-30. What were the wages he asked of Laban when he agreed to work for him? How did Laban trick Jacob on his wedding night? What excuse did he make? What did Jacob do about it? How did Jacob build his family here?
Read V31-35. Describe the struggle between Leah and Rachel. Why and how did God bless Leah? What was she name her first three sons? What does each name reveal about her inner misery and her deep desire? What was her 4th son’s name, and what did this mean? What change does this name reflect in Leah’s thinking and life?
Read V30:1-8. In the meantime, what was Rachel’s problem? Why and how did Jacob rebuke her? What does this show about her? What did Rachel do to solve her problem? What do the names of the sons born by her maidservant show about her human struggle with her sister?
Read V9-24. Describe how did Leah and Rachel come to have sons. What can we learn from the human and spiritual struggles of Leah and Rachel? How did God use these struggle to accomplish his own purpose?