Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Jacob Meets Rachel

by Mary Vee

Genesis 29:1-12

Jacob roused his servants. "Let's go."

The servants rubbed their eyes. One moaned, "What's he doing? Last night he didn't want to go anywhere." Another groaned, "Why's he up so early?"

Jacob faced the men. "I must tell you, the Lord spoke to me last night. He promised He would bring me back here one day. I've got to get to Padan Aram where my mother grew up, find the girl who will be my wife and return to this land." He ran to his camel. "Are you coming?"

The servants eyes grew wide. The head servant scrambled to grab his supplies. The other servants followed his lead then ran to their camels. "Wait!"

They traveled all the way to the place Isaac told them to go quicker than an eagle flies. Well, maybe a little slower, but it seemed that fast to the servants.

When Jacob and his men arrived, he saw a well in the field. Three flocks of sheep were lying by it waiting to get their drink. A large stone covered the well to protect the water.

Jacob dismounted and said to the shepherds. "Hi! Where are you from?"

One shepherd answered, "We're from Haran."

Unbelievable! These men are from the city my grandfather, Abraham, came from. This is exciting.

Jacob stepped closer. "Um, do you know a man named Laban, the son of Nahor?"

The shepherd looked at the others and nodded. "Yeah, we know him."

Jacob smiled and stroked his beard. God has led me to the very well I needed to be at and helped me to be here at the exact time these shepherds came. Praise the God of Abraham and Isaac. "How is Laban? Is he well?"

The shepherd turned as if he heard a noise. He glanced back at the road. "The man named Laban is well. And look, his daughter Rachel is coming with their sheep."

Jacob laughed. "Really? She is Laban's daughter?"

The shepherd nodded and sat by the well.

Jacob rubbed his hands together. She won't be able to water her sheep if these other flocks are in the way. "Look, it is still high day. You should water your sheep and take them to the pasture to feed."

"We have to wait for all the flocks to get here. At that time the stone will be rolled away from the well."

As they finished their sentence Rachel arrived with the sheep. Jacob stared at her. Wow! She's beautiful. She has to be the one who will be my wife. "Hi. My name is Jacob. Here, let me help you water your flock."

Jacob rolled up his sleeves and grinned at the lazy shepherds. I'll show them. I don't need any help to move that heavy rock. He leaned over and pushed the stone away from the well then wiped the sweat off his forehead.

The shepherds called to their sheep and walked toward the well. Jacob held his hand up to them. "Just a minute. Her flock will be watered first."

While the flock drank, Jacob told Rachel who he was and where he traveled from. She danced around the sheep clapping her hands. "You're Isaac's son? Oh, this is wonderful news. Please stay with my sheep a moment. I must tell my father."

Jacob laughed while watching her run down the road.

Jacob saw God's care for him that day. Can you name all the things God did for him during this story? What has God done for you today?

36 comments:

  1. Dear Merry how was your Christmas.I bet it was gooooooooooooooooood.
    LOvE
    GENTRY

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    1. I had a wonderful Christmas, thank you, Gentry.

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  2. It was a great story. I loved it.

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  3. he gave him a wife god gave me two best friends that can trust


    love chloe

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    1. Cloe,
      Having two best friends you can trust is an amazing gift from God. :)

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  4. You are the bbbbbbbbbeeeeeeessssssssstttttt writer ever.

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  5. god has woke my this morning

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    1. I'm glad God woke you this morning. Look at the great day you were able to have as a result!

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  6. i loved ittttttttttttttttttttttt. love westin

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  7. You are very good

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  8. Dear Mary Vee,God Does wonderful things for me.
    God helped Jacob Find hiswife.

    Love Delaney

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    1. I agree, Delaney.
      I hope you remember these wonderful things when the sad times come. It really helps. :)

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  9. Hi!I am going to try to name all the things god had done for me.He...blessed me,gave love,gave me a perfect puppy!!!From,Jade

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    1. Jade,
      You have a puppy! That is wonderful news. Yes, God has bless you dearly with so many things including love. I'm so glad you visited us today.

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  10. He gave him a wife and God gave me a wonderful family.

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    1. Having a wonderful family means so much. You just reminded me of game time every Sunday afternoon with my Dad. And the fun vacation trips to the sand dunes on Lake Michigan. Have a wonderful day with your family.

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  11. That was a great.God woke me up and got me to school on time.from Brett.

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    1. Brett,
      I'm glad God woke you as well and that you were not only able to be at school on time but that you could be with your friends at school. I hope you had a great day.

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  12. He has let me go to school today. love,Kayden

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    1. Kayden,
      Wonderful news that you could go to school today. I hope it was a day where you did something fun, learned a lot and had a great time on the playground.

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  13. he gave him a wife and god gave me a
    mom and a dad. love lacey

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    1. Lacey,
      You are indeed blessed. Having a mom and dad to care for you and be there for you means so much.

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  14. God gave him wife . And God gave me two sisters. Love Bayleigh

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    1. Bayleigh
      You must have a lot of fun with those sisters. I hope they realize how much you appreciate them. Thanks for answering the question today;

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  15. Good story.God gave him a wife.God gave me a great family.From Austin

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    1. Thank you, Austin.
      You are truly blessed to have such a wonderful family. A great family is especially good at making fantastic memories.

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  16. I love God and he blessed us with the perfect puppy too. :)
    Ella

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    1. Ella,
      Having a puppy is a great blessing. Don't you just love to hug him/her?

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  17. I really just love God, he blesses me with a lot of good stuff.
    Tommy

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    1. Tommy,
      Not everyone notices that God gives us a lot of good stuff. You gave God a good reason to smile just now. :)

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We like to read what you learned about the story today. Remember, God loves you very much!