The fruits of the unloved

Most of y’all maybe familiar with Leah from the bible, she was the first wife to Jacob and the mother to most of the founders of the tribes in the nation of Israel. While it is not right to compare, the bible records this of Leah and Rachel-

Now Laban had two daughters;the name of the older was leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. leah’s eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful in form and appearance. Jacob loved Rachel... Genesis 29:16-18(AMP)

Jacob loved Rachel, he worked for fourteen long years just to marry her. For most that’s a high price to pay but to Jacob, it seems like only a few days, because of his love for her. This is the effect of passion, it accelerate the journey of the one who possesses it. It remind me of one of my favourite verse in bible, where Christ metaphorically speaking tells His bride to love Him passionately.

Fasten me upon your heart as a seal of fire forevermore.This living, consuming flame will seal you as my prisoner of love. My passion is stronger than the chains of death and the grave,all consuming as the very flashes of fire from the burning heart of God. Place this fierce, unrelenting fire over your entire being.Rivers of pain and persecution will never extinguish this flame. Endless floods will be unable to quench this raging fire that burns within you. Everything will be consumed.It will stop at nothing as you yield everything to this furious fire until it won’t even seem to you like a sacrifice anymore.
Song of Solomon 8:6-7(TPT)

Meanwhile Leah was in a painful situation she never dream of a loveless marriage. She was unloved by her husband and she couldn’t help it. Tradition seem to be the theme of her day, dominating that which was the foundation of all marriages, love. It didn’t matter whether the union was based off two consenting individuals in love or not, traditional had to be followed. So Leah bore the blunt of her culture, in a loveless marriage, watching another receive what she longed for, love.

“It is not the tradition here to give the younger [daughter in marriage] before the older.Genesis 29:26

In this story Rachel was the younger daughter who was already promised in marriage, after Jacob completed working for Laban for seven years. Leah was not yet married, so this promise this meant to interrupt her life. And so Leah in fulfillment of tradition found herself in a loveless marriage, sitted outside her tent under the star studded sky, sobbing as she was her husband passionately love and care for another woman, her sister.

Leah’s wound seem deep and unfathomable, the man who she was bound to for the rest of her life didn’t love her. His heart was turned to another, Rachel her sister. To the other extent, I think that if perhaps the other woman was not her sister maybe the pain would be less. But unfortunately, it was her very own flesh and blood. Leah never had a say in this situation, she was a victim of tradition, doom to sob her pain for the rest of her life.

But the story doesn’t end there, infact it still goes on to this very day. Someone was watching, the only One who had the power to make a change, He was watching and He took action, He made her fruitful.

Now when the Lord saw that Leah was unloved,He made her able to bear children, but Rachel was barren. Genesis 29:31(AMP)

It is no surprise, we only bear the best fruits for the Lord in the season of our deepest pain and the darkest days.

Leah gave birth to Reuben, Simeon and Levi in the hopes that this would get her husband’s attention and that perhaps he would love her. But still her loveless marriage persisted and this brought about the revelation that her fruitfulness could not compel her husband to love her. It also reveals that not all intimacy is born out of the overflow of love, some of it originates from the desire to produce fruit. Well! How can you explain Jacob having sex with Leah yet His didn’t love her, he was just fulfilling his duty as a husband, playing his part, with a heart devoid of love not to mention passion. So sad.

Not all intimacy is born out of the overflow of a passionate love, some of originates from the desire to produce fruit.

Well, I’m sure most of you can relate with Jacob from this story. Maybe you’re spending your youth working in that job you hate, but for the sake of been able to escape poverty and provide for your family or even save enough to upgrade your lifestyle. Or maybe you are a parent doing all you possibly can to provide for your family, fulfilling you duty as the “dad” or “mum” but you don’t like your kids or you’ve fallen out of love with your spouse and you constantly feel trapped and helpless, watching life going as it prolongs your situation. At least Jacob had Rachel, the love of his life with whom he could be with legally. Most people don’t have a “Rachel”- in this case she represents that which you genuinely love despite the demands and obligations to fulfill. So most people tend to medicate their pain with alcohol, sex, pornography, drugs, gambling among others which all turns into uncontrolled addictions.

Meanwhile some people, like Leah, don’t have a “Rachel”- (in this case represents that which ones longs to embody, to be the recepient of the love she longs for) so they turn to their accomplishment hoping that it would qualify them for what they long for but sadly it doesn’t. It results in pride and a general attitude of looking down on others that measure to your level of success. For instance, getting multiple degrees hoping that finally your parents will approve of you. Or despite having achieved all the career and educational milestones but you still don’t get the job, infact they pick someone who has of your qualifications and you find yourself angry and resentfulof that person. Or maybe working multiple jobs in order to accumulate wealth in hopes that your parents would love you or be proud of you, but they never seem to notice your efforts.

Leah bore good fruits, sons , none of which, made Jacob love her. Infact despite Rachel been barren he still loved her. Even with no children. Well! This testifies to what the wisest king, once wrote in Songs of Solomon 8:6-7 …Love flashes like fire, the brightest kind of flame. Many waters cannot quench love, nor can rivers drown it. If a man tried to buy love with all his wealth his offer would be utterly scorned.

Leah kept on bearing children but this time something was different. Her mind changed, instead of trying to earn her husband’s love, she resorted to worshipping the One who loved her unconditionally, she ever set a memorial for this by naming one of her sons Judah (If you understand what setting a memorial is, I suggest you checkout a blog post I published on the same ) Never did she ever had to earn His love. She realized that all this time, the Lord knew her, watched over her, blessed her with amazing sons and most of all He loved her, perfectly and unconditionally, as it is written-

And to those who were unloved I will say:
‘You are my darling.’
Romans 9:25 (TPT)

But with the LORD, it is never just ends like than. I mean He is El Shaddai the God of plenty, abundance, the God of more than enough, the God of Ephesians 3:20. Leah went on she borne six sons and a daughter from Jacob, her maid Zilpah born her two sons. From her very own sons came Levi and Judah just to mention a few. Indeed, the Lord gives a great reward to those who work / produce passionately for Him. The moment Leah chose to praise the Lord and not seek love from her husband, the Lord blessed her with a great inheritance. Through Christ, today her inheritance keeps on giving.

Whatever you do [whatever your task may be], work from the soul [that is, put in your very best effort], as [something done] for the Lord and not for men, knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [greatest] reward. Colossians 3:23-24(AMP)

From Levi came the priesthood of Israel, and from Levi was born Moses. Through Moses came the Passover, the Exodus , the Ten Commandments, the Law, the sacrifices, the holydays, and the Tabernacle. Levi was the only tribe set apart by God to be a priesthood, from which came the high priests, and the Temple. Through Moses, the children of Israel were delivered from years of bondage in Egypt and they would enter the Promised Land. And through Moses, the writing of the Word of God, the Bible, was commenced.

Another spectacular tribe that emerged from Leah’s womb was Judah which meant praise the Lord. From Judah came David. And from David came royal house of Israel, the kings and princes of God’s nation. From Judah came the kingdom of Israel and the words Jew and Jewish. And from Judah came the King of kings, the Lord of lords, Yeshua, Jesus Christ, hope and salvation of the world. Up to this moment lives throughout the world are drastically transformed by His finished work at the cross and His word. All these fruits from the womb of the unloved, all these from Leah.

Even to this day, the Lord chooses the children of the unloved, the children of Leah. He especially loves the rejected and unloved, the Ismaels, the Leahs, the Rehabs, the Ruths, the Bethshebas, the Gideons, the Davids, the Solomons, the Israelis, the woman with the alabaster box, the tax collectors and He loves you most passionately.

Meditate on: Commit any sorrow, rejection, frustration, or broken dream into His hands. Believe Him to bring out of it the blessings of Leah.

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