TOPIC: WHO OR WHAT CAUSED IT?
Memory verse:-"Rachel’s servant Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son. Then Rachel
said, "I have had a great struggle with my sister, and I have won.” So she named him
When Leah saw that she had stopped having children, she took her maidservant Zilpah
and gave her to Jacob as a wife. Leah’s servant Zilpah bore Jacob a son. Then Leah
said, "What good fortune!” So she named him Gad. Leah’s servant Zilpah bore Jacob
a second son. Then Leah said, "How happy I am! The women will call me happy.”
So she named him Asher.
During wheat harvest, Reuben went out into the fields and found some mandrake plants,
which he brought to his mother Leah. Rachel said to Leah, "Please give me some of
your son’s mandrakes.” But she said to her, "Wasn’t it enough that you took away my
husband? Will you take my son’s mandrakes too?” "Very well,” Rachel said, "he can
sleep with you tonight in return for your son’s mandrakes.”
So when Jacob came in from the fields that evening, Leah went out to meet him. "You
must sleep with me,” she said. "I have hired you with my son’s mandrakes.” So he
slept with her that night.”
I believe strongly that there was peace and love between Rachel and her sister before they both married Jacob. But we see from the scripture that they began to struggle each other. What might be the cause? Remember that Laban the father told Jacob that the tradition of the land demand that elder sister marry before the younger, the tradition made Jacob did what he did not want to. Obviously the tradition was the cause.
In the same way there are unnecessary and evil traditions that have brought commotion and destruction in families and even in churches. We need to think twice in combining tradition of our land with God’s instructions. Any tradition that does not seek the welfare of people and bring peace among families needs to be considered and rethink. We are not for traditions, they are made for us.
Prayer:-pray against any bad tradition is fighting against your progress in life
pray that whatever people are planning through tradition against your family and work will not succeed.
What to meditate on:
What is tradition and is it beneficial? Or are all traditions evil?