“What goes around, comes around” is a common saying that means your actions often determine your consequences. We read previously how Jacob disguised himself to appear to be his brother Esau and tricked his father into giving him his blessing. Now the trickery comes full circle.
Jacob falls in love with Rachel at first sight and asks his uncle for her hand in marriage. His uncle Laban tricks him into marrying Leah instead and Jacob agrees to work an additional seven years to have the woman he loves.
My heart goes out to Leah in this story. At this point she seems to be an innocent victim in this deception. She is the older of the two sisters and the Bible describes her as being not as physically attractive as Rachel. She marries a man who she knows loves her sister and the story of trying to win the love of another begins.
I’m struck by the fact that deception often has far reaching consequences with collateral damage. Jacob didn’t set out to hurt Leah, but because of the scheme devised by her father, her heart will break as she begins to live out a marriage where her love is not reciprocated. Our actions have consequences for us and often for those around us.
Kim Feld Director of Small Group Ministry