Summary: The actions of the wives are disgusting yet God still works his plan.
September 28, 2003
Read the story about the Toronto baby derby.
Today we have our own baby derby.
1. God cares for the unloved Leah 29:31-35
key God honours Leah because of her rejected status.
Key - first three sons - looks for husbands love
fourth son praises God
2. The handmaids contest 30:1-13
Rachel gives her handmaid like Sarah gave Hagar.
Leah really doesn’t have that right. But it has become a contest.
3. The mandrakes incident 30:14-21
Superstitious - fertility plant
How crass - bartering for sex with their husband
4. Rachel finally has a child 30:22-24
The point - despite all their plans - God provides the children
At the very least, Leah was unappreciated as a gift from God. How many times do we miss the better gift God has for us while pining for something else?