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16 And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.
17 Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured.
" Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised."-(Prov. xxxi. 30.)
This sort of woman is not appreciated by the Ishmaels and the Esaus : to the Jacobs she is all-important, and sometimes they are sent by curious twists of providence to the places where they are to be found.
Ways of Providence Ch 6
Paul, writing to the Galatians, hinges a doctrinal argument on the figurative meaning of the relationship between Sarah and Hagar. He says:
"These are the two covenants: Hagar is Mt. Sinai -- in bondage with her children."
When we study the relationship of Leah and Rachel, we have the same picture: Rachel the old Mosaic economy -- Leah the new; Rachel the flesh -- Leah the spirit. By the decision of her father, Leah was the first and the true wife. Paul carefully points out how the Law of Moses (Rachel), to which the natural Jew leaned with such affection, was secondary to, and later than, the original Abrahamic covenant of the Christ-seed.
Leah was "tender-eyed" -- the word means soft and gentle -- but Rachel was beautiful. Jacob preferred Rachel because of outward appearances, just as the Jew loved the outward forms of the Law, but God -- who looks upon the heart -- ordained that both the priesthood and the throne should come through the line of the unwanted Leah.
But still Rachel has her appointed part to play. As the figure of natural Israel, it is she who gives birth to Joseph, the favourite and faithful son of his father, and the most striking type in all Scripture of the rejected Saviour.Bro Growcott - Not Ashamed to be called their God