Jacob and Women Troubles

Tuesday’s Tunes:

My bible reading has recently taken me through Jacob’s story: his birth, swindling the birthright from Esau for lentil soup, stealing the blessing from Isaac, being cheated out of Rachel [instead getting stuck with lazy-eyed Leah], working longer to get Rachel, swindling Laban for livestock, leaving Laban in secrecy, wrestling with an angel (or God, as Jacob says), and into the birth of his sons.

I’ve remembered that Jacob’s story leaves me confused. He’s not a role-model, yet God chose to continue the promise through Jacob “in order that God’s purpose of election might continue – not because of works, but because of him who calls” (Romans 9:11).

On one hand, this is incredibly encouraging. God chose to work in and through Jacob and persisted in working in Jacob’s life throughout all his failures and immaturities. I’m thankful that he’s done the same for me.

Nonetheless, reading Jacob’s story brought this song to mind:

Jacob and 2 Women
by Rich Mullins

Listen to: Jacob and 2 Women by Rich Mullins

Guitar chords and lyrics

Jacob, he loved Rachel and Rachel, she loved him
And Leah was just there for dramatic effect
Well it’s right there in the Bible, so it must not be a sin
But it sure does seem like an awful dirty trick
And her sky is just a petal pressed in a book of a memory
Of the time he thought he loved her and they kissed
And her friends say, “Ah, he’s a devil”
But she says, “No, he is a dream”
This is the world as best as I can remember it

Now Jacob got two women and a whole house full of kids
And he schemed his way back to the promised land
And he finds it’s one thing to win ’em
And it’s another to keep ’em content
When he knows that he is only just one man
And his sky’s an empty bottle and when he’s drunk the ocean dry
Well he sails off three sheets to some reckless wind
And his friends say, “Ain’t it awful”
And he says, “No, I think it’s fine”
And this is the world as best as I can remember it

Now Rachel’s weeping for the children
That she thought she could not bear
And she bears a sorrow that she cannot hide
And she wishes she was with them
But she just looks and they’re not there
Seems that love comes for just a moment
And then it passes on by

And her sky is just a bandit
Swinging at the end of a hangman’s noose
‘Cause he stole the moon and must be made to pay for it
And her friends say, “My, that’s tragic”
She says, “Especially for the moon”
And this is the world as best as I can remember it
And this is the world as best as I can remember it

I can’t claim to understand all the reason for Rich’s lyrics (I’ve figured he was seeing comparisons in Jacob’s life with himself or someone close to him), but I think the confusion expressed in the lyrics is perfect for Jacob’s imperfect story.

My story is imperfect, too.

Thankfully, God is perfect. I’m grateful for his persistence in my life through all my imperfections.

This is the world as best as I can remember it.


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