Thursday, April 7, 2011

Genesis 46:23-25 Jacob's Descendants Through Bilhah

"The son of Dan:  Hushim.

The sons of Naphtali:  Jahziel, Guni, Jezer and Shillem.

These were the sons born to Jacob by Bilhah, whom Laban had given to his daughter Rachel -- seven in all."  (Genesis 46:23-25 NIV)
Life must have been a bit strange for Bilhah and Zilpah, the servants of Rachel and Leah.  We are not told where Laban obtained these women as servants.  First they are given to Rachel and Leah as maidservants and then they become somewhat like pawns in the sisters' battle for Jacob's affection, eventually ending up as wives/concubines of Jacob.  However, in several respects, they end up ahead.  They come to learn about the true God, instead of continuing to follow Laban's idols, and their sons eventually become four of the twelve leaders of the tribes of Israel.

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