Laban, Leah’s father, and Leah, Laban’s oldest daughter, thought that if Jacob laid with Leah first that she would be his first wife. WRONG! They tricked Jacob into laying with Leah, but Jacob remained loyal to the woman that he loved. Jacob loved Rachel! He kept both women, but he lived with Rachel, the one that he loved.
Genesis 29:20-26, “And Jacob served seven years for Rachel and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had for her. And Jacob said unto Laban, Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in unto her. And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast. And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in unto her…And it came to pass that in the morning, behold, it was Leah; and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did I not serve with thee for Rachel? Wherefore then has thou beguiled me?”
How many men believe that if they are tricked into laying with a woman,when they already love someone else, that they must marry the woman that they laid with instead of the woman that they loved? Leah knew about Rachel, so there were no secrets. She willfully tricked Jacob. Jacob did the right thing. Men must be open and honest about their relationships in order to keep their generations perfect. Jacob made it clear from the beginning that he was working for Rachel and only Rachel!