These influential women of the Bible impacted not only the nation of Israel but also eternal history. Some were saints; some were scoundrels. A few were queens, but most were commoners. All played a key role in the spectacular Bible story. Each woman brought her unique character to bear on her situation, and for this, we still remember her centuries later.

Leah: Wife of Jacob Through Deceit

Rachel and Leah
Rachel and Leah, painting by James Tissot. 

Leah became the wife of Jacob through a shameful trick. Jacob had worked seven years to win Leah’s younger sister Rachel. On the wedding night, her father Laban substituted Leah instead. Then Jacob worked another seven years for Rachel.

Leah led a heartbreaking life trying to win Jacob’s love, but God graced Leah in a special way. Her son Judah led the tribe that produced Jesus Christ, Savior of the world. Leah is a symbol for people who try to earn God’s love, which is unconditional and free for the taking.

Author: Patriarch Gregg

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