Monday, January 13, 2003

Edifier du Jour:Genesis 35:23-29(NASB)
23 the sons of Leah: Reuben, Jacob's firstborn, then Simeon and Levi and Judah and Issachar and Zebulun; 24 the sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin; 25 and the sons of Bilhah, Rachel's maid: Dan and Naphtali; 26 and the sons of Zilpah, Leah's maid: Gad and Asher. These are the sons of Jacob who were born to him in Paddan-aram. 27 Jacob came to his father Isaac at Mamre of Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had sojourned. 28 Now the days of Isaac were one hundred and eighty years. 29 Isaac breathed his last and died and was gathered to his people, an old man of ripe age; and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.
Most of us can remember not being picked right away for teams; however, the player who has the biggest impact isn't always the first-round pick. Leah wasn't Jacob's first choice, he had to be conned into marrying her. However, if you look at those names, you'll see the two most important ones, Levi (from whom the priests would come from) and Judah (where Boaz, David and both Mary and Joseph come from) show up not via Rachel but Leah. God took that weak-eyed reject and gave here the honor of having all the preists and the Messiah's family come from her descendants.

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