Genesis Chapter Twenty Nine part 5, A study of Genesis 29:12 - 14a, Genesis 29:14b & 15, and Genesis 29:16 - 18 including our Common Man's Commentary

Genesis 29:12 - 14a

"He had told Rachel that he was a relative of her father and a son of Rebekah. So she ran and told her father. As soon as Laban heard the news about Jacob, his sister's son, he hurried to meet him. He embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his home, and there Jacob told him all these things. Then Laban said to him, 'You are my own flesh and blood.'" NIV translation

Jacob was accepted into the home of Laban and treated as family.

Genesis 29:14b & 15

"After Jacob had stayed with him for a whole month, Laban said to him, 'Just because you are a relative of mine, should you work for me for nothing? Tell me what your wages should be.'" NIV translation

Jacob had been there for a month and then Laban hinted that he needed to pitch in and work like the rest of the family. He was just as crafty as Jacob and so he never came out and said that he needed to get to work but the hint was pretty clear.

It brings up the question of why he stayed there for a month. When Abraham's servants went there to find a wife for Isaac, they did not have to stay for a month so why did Jacob have to? (see chapter 24) We are reminded of the fact that God was clearly in charge of providing the wife for Isaac but we have not seen Jacob pray about it at all. 

Genesis 29:16 - 18

"Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah had weak eyes but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful. Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, 'I'll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel.'" NIV translation

In return for his labor, Jacob offered to work seven years for the right to marry Rachel because he had fell in love with her from the start. She was hot while Leah was more homely and he went with his eyes. Once again, we see that he did not seek God's guidance in the matter. We also see that it did not concern him in the least to be away for seven years from the land where he had built the altar to God.