Acting more from maternal rage than spiritual insight, Sarah nevertheless served God’s purpose when Abraham wanted Ishmael’s equality with Isaac. Sarah rightly demanded Isaac as sole heir of Abraham’s spiritual legacy.
Rebekah, Rachel and Leah all served as worthy models when faced with the crisis of sight versus faith. They all left the certainty of what they knew for a future they couldn’t discern. Rebekah, a beautiful woman, left Paddan Aram to marry a man she had never seen in a land she didn’t know.
Her brother Laban, his eyes filled with envy at the sight of precious stones, bracelets, nose rings and necklaces, wanted her to stay home longer—perhaps to coax even more wealth from Abraham’s servant. When the man wouldn’t be persuaded, the family summoned Rebekah’s opinion: stay longer at home or leave. She immediately settled the question: follow God’s will to other places.
God ordered Jacob back to Canaan. He wisely summoned wives Rachel and Leah to the field. After summarizing the burdens their father had imposed on him, he wanted to know: since God ordered him home, would they accompany him?
Taking the unusual step of siding with their husband against their father, they knew the difference. Jacob had been a faithful husband, worker and provider. Their father remained the same greedy, grasping conniver he had been from his youth. Whatever danger their future with Jacob posed, life in Laban’s family had nothing but dead-end scrawled across it. Indeed, they had lost faith in their father by his being untrue to them and Jacob being faithful.
These woman challenge us. We’re their spiritual heirs. Without us, they wouldn’t be perfected in faith. Without them, we wouldn’t be as mature in faith as we are. Women from 4100 years ago still encourage faith in God, whatever his call, wherever he sends, however heavy his burdens. Let us rise to their faith. Because we know Jesus Christ, let us soar beyond them, ever higher. – Finis –
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