There Abraham and his wife Sarah were buried, there Isaac and his wife Rebekah were buried, and there I buried Leah.Genesis 49:31 NIV
I have always felt sorry for Leah, Rachel’s older sister and Jacob’s first wife. Jacob loved Rachel and worked for seven years in order to pay the bride price set by her father. But then, on the morning after their wedding, he discovered, due to Laban’s deception, that he had actually married Leah instead. Ignore the obvious question of how Jacob could have mistaken the two sisters. Jacob was clearly displeased at being deceived, yet worked another seven years for Rachel.
But think about how Leah must have felt. Clearly, she knew that the only reason Jacob married her was that her father tricked Jacob into it. She must have felt unwanted by Jacob. And her little sister probably made sure she knew who Jacob’s favorite was.
But of Jacob’s twelve sons, Leah was the mother of fully half of them, while Rachel only had two. Clearly, Leah came out on top in that contest with her sister. Yet it still seems that Rachel and her sons were Jacob’s favorites. It is easy to feel sorry for Leah.
Yet this simple expression, uttered on Jacob’s deathbed, tells of Leah’s ultimate triumph over her sister. Rachel was buried in an unmarked tomb, alone. Jacob asked to be buried with Leah. Leah, who had been faithful to him over the long years of their life. She is the one that Jacob sees himself lying beside until the resurrection at the end of time.
Do you feel unloved or unwanted? Follow Leah’s example of faithfulness. And you may find that, in the end, you will be both loved and wanted.