Genesis 29: Jacob Labors 7 Years for Rachel Twice Under Contract with Laban
There's a dramatic story involved when the patriarch Jacob (later known as Israel) meets his beloved wife, Rachel. He loves her and to secure her as a wife he enters into a labor contract with her father.
16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 And Leah’s eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful of form and face. 18 Now Jacob loved Rachel, so he said, “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.” 19 Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you than to give her to another man; stay with me.” 20 So Jacob served seven years for Rachel and they seemed to him but a few days because of his love for her. 21 Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife, for my time is completed, that I may go in to her.” 22 Laban gathered all the men of the place and made a feast. 23 Now in the evening he took his daughter Leah, and brought her to him; and Jacob went in to her. 24 Laban also gave his maid Zilpah to his daughter Leah as a maid. 25 So it came about in the morning that, behold, it was Leah! And he said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Was it not for Rachel that I served with you? Why then have you deceived me?” 26 But Laban said, “It is not the practice in our place to marry off the younger before the firstborn. 27 Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also for the service which you shall serve with me for another seven years.” 28 Jacob did so and completed her week, and he gave him his daughter Rachel as his wife. 29 Laban also gave his maid Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her maid. 30 So Jacob went in to Rachel also, and indeed he loved Rachel more than Leah, and he served with Laban for another seven years. ~ Genesis 29:16-30
The pattern of the first shemitah being eaten up by the one that follows is suggested in verse 20 as "they seemed to him but a few days." They were minimized, in time! A more literal translation of the Hebrew word אֲחָדִ֔ echad, which means, one, reveals how the first set of seven years seemed to him as one single day.
Think about Jacob's serving Laban for his beloved bride like this. He did it once, fulfilling his 7 year term with a disappointing result. Then he had to do it all over again - serving another 7 years - but with this service he secured his promised beloved. Are you seeing the prophecy in this?
As this recent season of increasing insight began, Aaron sent an email to me on the 19th of March. He expressed this so well that I'll just reproduce it here.
"Looking through Jasher and trying to find the Moses material with the serpents and I came across chapter 31 and it is the account of how Jacob was forced to do a repeat of his 7 years of service for the Bride he really wanted. He worked the first seven years thinking he was getting Rachel and instead he got Leah - so he had to do another 7 year stint to get the one he really wanted - Rachel. With this being about getting the bride he really wanted - that speaks to me of The Lord working and reworking the time periods to make sure He gets the Bride He is really after - and deserves!"
Jacob and Rachel are a type of the Bridegroom and the Bride. The first 7 year term of Jacob's labor for Rachel is a prophecy about our present shemitah, and to be sure, deception has been involved. For us, the model was masked, according to how it was that Jacob did not realize he had received Leah in Rachel's stead. There is an underlying legal issue involving sequence that must be honored and, for this reason, another contract term is required in order to legally secure the Bride for the Bridegroom. This explains what we perceive as a delay, the deferment of our hope. For the sake of the Bridegroom's love for His Bride, another full contract term will be fulfilled and the result will be most satisfying! As Jacob received 2 brides and their maids and all their offspring as a result of his patient service, so will the Lord's heritage be brought forth with abounding fruitfulness, to the glory of the Heavenly Father! We are certainly cognizant of the truth that this matter is not only about the Bride but also a people numbered as 144,000 sons of Israel. We have set forth the key relationship between the Bride and those 144,000 in writings about Romans 11, Genesis 45 (Benjamin-as-Bride) and Acts 12 (Peter-as-Bride). Through the agency of these two corporate entities, others of both the Jew and Gentile branches of the Olive Tree will be blessed toward the end of the achievement of maximum salvation.
This present shemitah numbering 860 may be seen as a Leah week. Verse 17 is interpreted in most versions with Leah having tender or weak eyes and her description is contrasted with one of Rachel's attractive appearance. To Jacob, she was unloved, and we have not been fond of the look of this present season. This is far from the experience of satisfaction that we have so earnestly longed for! According to J. B. Jackson, the name, Leah, means, weary, and we have a sense of that as the extended age seems to have long overstayed its welcome.
The name, Rachel, means, ewe, a female sheep. This observation illustrates how our attention is flagged in the circumstance of her coming to meet Jacob because, as this 29th chapter begins, we find "the ewe" acting as the shepherdess (verse 9) of her father's flock of sheep.
1 Then Jacob went on his journey, and came to the land of the sons of the east. 2 He looked, and saw a well in the field, and behold, three flocks of sheep were lying there beside it, for from that well they watered the flocks. Now the stone on the mouth of the well was large. 3 When all the flocks were gathered there, they would then roll the stone from the mouth of the well and water the sheep, and put the stone back in its place on the mouth of the well. 4 Jacob said to them, “My brothers, where are you from?” And they said, “We are from Haran.” 5 He said to them, “Do you know Laban the son of Nahor?” And they said, “We know him.” 6 And he said to them, “Is it well with him?” And they said, “It is well, and here is Rachel his daughter coming with the sheep.” 7 He said, “Behold, it is still high day; it is not time for the livestock to be gathered. Water the sheep, and go, pasture them.” 8 But they said, “We cannot, until all the flocks are gathered, and they roll the stone from the mouth of the well; then we water the sheep.” 9 While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherdess. 10 When Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother’s brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother’s brother, Jacob went up and rolled the stone from the mouth of the well and watered the flock of Laban his mother’s brother. 11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted his voice and wept. 12 Jacob told Rachel that he was a relative of her father and that he was Rebekah’s son, and she ran and told her father. ~ Genesis 29:1-12
It is in "the ewe's" shepherding of that flock that the Keystone pattern is concealed and revealed! When Rachel shepherds that flock to the well there are already three flocks lying there beside it, according to verse 2. This is the pattern of 3 things of a kind being followed by a 4th that is similar but which is specially appointed! We note how this pattern is given special emphasis in verses 7 and 8. We note also that the matter of the stone having to be rolled from the mouth of the well is also repeated for emphasis, and with the water-as-time metaphor having become so familiar - especially in connection with stones (the 5 smooth stones David selected from the brook, the 12 stones that Joshua had removed from the Jordan River and the 12 he subsequently placed back into the river bed at the feet of the priests who bore the ark of the covenant) - we can hardly dismiss it here! The flocks come to the well to be watered in turn - signifying divisions of time.
We didn't include this passage among the 15 examples presented in the writing, The Keystone Pattern - Three Things Then the Fourth, but here it is in connection with the pattern of the shemitah, devoured and devouring!
There are some other outstanding features in this account that add to those and together make this account incredibly compelling!
Scenarios where a bride type is met at a well where water is drawn are very familiar to us. I'll recount some of them (leaving the many relevant points in common to your own personal study) and make a point about the symbolism of the water. Jacob's own mother Rebekah (who was Laban's sister) had come to a well where she was met by Abraham's servant. The servant had been sent to fetch a bride for Isaac. He met Rebekah at a well, and her drawing of water from it to water his animals was a sign to him. Later, Moses (who was descended from Jacob and Leah through their 3rd son, Levi) met his bride and Bride-type, Zipporah, at the well in Midian when she had come to water her father's flocks. You might consider this as kind of a family tradition. (See The Bridegroom and the Bride) The Bridegroom and a Bride-type met at a well in an account given in the 4th chapter of John. Jesus of Nazareth (in his humanity, descended from Jacob and Leah and their 4th son, Judah) spoke with this Samaritan woman about her marital status, the greatness of the patriarch Jacob, whose well it had belonged to and who was a foreshadowing type of the one she was actually speaking with, and water.
7 There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” 8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. 9 Therefore the Samaritan woman said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” 11 She said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water? 12 You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself and his sons and his cattle?” 13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw.” 16 He said to her, “Go, call your husband and come here.” ~ John 4:7-16
There is a living water that has to do with eternal life, which has to do with persisting without end - beyond time, you see. Water-as-time, endless water springing up.
Having made these observations about the centrality of the Bride in this prophetic doubling of the shemitah of Jacob's contract terms with Laban in the 29th chapter of Genesis, let's reflect on the account of the 41st chapter of Genesis. After Joseph interpreted the Pharaoh's dreams of the bountiful 7 years being swallowed up by the famine 7, he was immediately promoted to second-in-command and given a bride, so that is another example with a Bridegroom-type marrying a Bride-type in the context.
Then Pharaoh named Joseph Zaphenath-paneah; and he gave him Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, as his wife. And Joseph went forth over the land of Egypt. ~ Genesis 41:45
Several days ago, I was watching a video and the scientist made the following observation. "You can't prove scientific things in a laboratory the same way you prove mathematic theorems. You prove things in a laboratory by piling up so much evidence that its simply unreasonable to deny it." The panel seen on screen had it expressed this way. "Proof is evidence that is so strong that it would be statistically unreasonable to deny it." This speaks to both Aaron and myself in comparison to how it is with the evidence we present. The evidence piles up to make certain points that are increasingly compelling. There comes a tipping point, where we become convinced, where we believe the testimony of the collection of independent witnesses. We are becoming convinced, as the Lord continues to bring forth more witnesses of the kind that have spoken so loudly to us over many years. The redundancy of the patterns, the consistency of the symbolism, the nature and timing of the signs attending the expanding insight - these are hard to deny.
Having a precise knowledge of the time as this age comes to the most significant points of transition has been the key to our knowing that this timeline has been skewed off the prophetic schedule. The matter of knowing it again after the reset of time will be essential when the sign for the Bride manifests in the context of the great hoax. Likewise, our having confidence in knowing the schedule of the reset appears to have value, so we intend to continue passing what we receive on to you, as the Lord provides.
Help us if you can, participating with us in this work with prayer and funds and whatever else the Lord may inspire. This shemitah will be swallowed up but what remains of our labors in faith, hope, and love will have enduring value. We pray that you find strength and encouragement in this. Pray for each other. You and your precious brothers and sisters in the Lord have need beyond even what we see on the surface.