Men and Women of the Bible ~ Blogging through the Alphabet (L)
Leah’s story can be found in Genesis. She was the daughter of Laban. Leah became Jacob’s wife even though it was her younger sister that Jacob wanted. The Lord blessed Leah with six sons and also a daughter. Leah had to have felt unloved by her husband when he found out it was her that he married. Leah was not as beautiful as her sister, but her father said it was not customary to have the younger daughter married before the older. The Lord noticed that Leah was unloved and opened Leah’s womb and gave her many children. Even though she had to compete with her younger sister for affection from her husband, Leah knew that she was loved by God. We can learn to have faith in God from Leah. When we are feeling unloved and alone, we can turn to God and He will be there for us.
Genesis 29:16-17 ~ And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured.
Genesis 29:25-26 ~ 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 not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me? And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.
Genesis 29:31 ~ And when the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.
Lazarus: “Whom God helps”
We find Lazarus’ story in the New Testament. He was the brother of Mary and Martha. We know that Lazarus (and his sisters) loved Jesus very much. Jesus is out of town and Mary and Martha sent word to him that Lazarus was ill and they needed Jesus to return as soon as possible. Jesus intentionally spent an extra couple of days out of town. When he returns, Mary and Martha are upset that he took so long to get back. Now their brother Lazarus was dead. Jesus told them that he is the resurrection and the life. Against Martha’s warnings, Jesus heads out to where Lazarus is buried. We see in John 11, that when Jesus had come to Lazarus’ grave, he wept. He mourned for his friend. Jesus commands him to come forth. One thing that is not mentioned in the Bible is what Lazarus experienced in Heaven. He may have told close friends or family, but it is not recorded. If it was me that had been raised from the dead, I would be telling everyone (strangers, family, and friends) what Heaven was like.
John 11:1 ~ Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.
John 11:4-6 ~ When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.
John 11:14 ~ Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
John 11:23-24 ~ Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
John 11:43-44 ~ And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave clothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.
Just finding my blogging through the alphabet series. Catch up by reading my A-K posts:
A ~ Abigail and Abraham
B ~ Bathsheba and Boaz
C ~ Claudia and Caleb
D ~ Deborah and Daniel
E ~ Elisabeth and Eli
F ~ Female at the Well and Felix
G ~ Gomer and Gideon
H ~ Hadassah and Hezekiah
I ~ Iscah and Isaiah
J ~Jochabed and Josiah
K ~ Kezia/Keren-happuch and Korah
I am joining in with Annette and Amanda.