God’s Love for Leah
The sermon text from this morning was from Genesis 29:31 to 30:24. What struck me most from this text was the opening line, “When the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren.” That sentence captured the intensity of God’s love for the outcast, the hated, the downtrodden and oppressed. This is God, the God who makes the hated woman fertile, the God who identifies himself as Father of the Fatherless and Protector of Widows.
Genesis 29:31–35:  When the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren.  And Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben, for she said, “Because the LORD has looked upon my affliction; for now my husband will love me.”  She conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Because the LORD has heard that I am hated, he has given me this son also.” And she called his name Simeon.  Again she conceived and bore a son, and said, “Now this time my husband will be attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” Therefore his name was called Levi.  And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, “This time I will praise the LORD.” Therefore she called his name Judah. Then she ceased bearing. (ESV)