Biblical Love Triangle


Genesis 29 and 30 relates the story of sisters, Leah and Rachel, their father, Laban and his nephew, Jacob.

Long story short:  Jacob works seven years to marry Rachel.  Rachel’s father, Laban, tricks Jacob into instead marrying Rachel’s sister, Leah.  So Jacob works another seven years to marry Rachel.  Leah easily reproduces children.  Rachel isn’t so fortunate.  She resorts to having her maid sleep with Jacob.  Leah whines thinking Jacob doesn’t love her.  Rachel whines because she supposedly can’t have children with the man she loves.  Jacob is stuck between two women.


It’s a combination “Dynasty-All My Children-Passion-The Bold and the Beautiful-The Young and the Restless.”  Reality shows today could learn a thing or two from this drama.

A recent Bible study discussed 40 Days of Spiritual Makeover.  Sharla Fritz, author, in  reviewing this particular Bible saga offers the question:  If you were an Old Testament marriage counselor trying to make the best out of a bad situation, what advice might you offer these two women?


I like this question.  It’s making me think.

…Should both women dump Jacob?

…Should each of the women “settle” for their present situation?

…I’d have to meet with each party individually…and that includes Laban.  He started this mess.  Father doesn’t always know best.   Many, many individual and several group counseling sessions would be a given.  Hope they have good health insurance.

…Would I lock them all in a tent and force them to confront their individual and group issues?

…Can I convince the girls to quit being green with envy while pointing out the many blessings each has been granted?

I don’t have enough concrete information about Old Testament times to make a profound analysis to help these individuals.   I do know all this drama reminds me of the phrase:  If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

In His Grip,

Jeanie Shank


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