Women of the Word | Faithful Women, Day 4
Even if we are rejected in this world, we can have assured confidence that we are fully accepted by our Maker.
Verse of the Day
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28 ESV
Think to a time or situation in your life when you felt unloved and/or rejected.
What does it feel like when you are rejected by someone you really want to accept you?
What do you do in response to rejection?
Read Genesis 29:21-30
Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed.” So Laban gathered together all the people of the place and made a feast. But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and he went in to her. (Laban gave his female servant Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her servant.) And in the morning, behold, it was Leah! And Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?” Laban said, “It is not so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn. Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years.” Jacob did so, and completed her week. Then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife. (Laban gave his female servant Bilhah to his daughter Rachel to be her servant.) So Jacob went in to Rachel also, and he loved Rachel more than Leah, and served Laban for another seven years. Genesis 29:21-30 ESV
How did Jacob, the deceiver, respond to being deceived himself?
How did Leah respond to being rejected and unloved by her earthly husband?
Read Genesis 29:31-35
31 When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved, he enabled her to conceive, but Rachel remained childless. 32 Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben, for she said, “It is because the Lord has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now.” 33 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “Because the Lord heard that I am not loved, he gave me this one too.” So she named him Simeon. 34 Again she conceived, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “Now at last my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” So he was named Levi 35 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “This time I will praise the Lord.” So she named him Judah] Then she stopped having children. Gen 29:31-35
How did God respond to Leah?
Jesus was the perfect heavenly husband to Leah. He redeemed her from rejection through His loving kindness to her. He saw how depressed and dejected she was, yearning for her earthly husband to look upon her with favor and affection. The Lord hurt along with her, and gave her a legacy that would last generations.
This is a record of the ancestors of Jesus the Messiah, a descendant of David and of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac. Isaac was the father of Jacob. Jacob was the father of Judah and his brothers. Matthew 1:1-2
Leah lived in a time when women were only truly valued by who they married and who they bore. In order for her to have any prestige in her life, she would have had to bear sons, especially since her husband rejected her so vehemently.
How did God’s response change Leah’s outlook on life?
How does the change in her outlook apply to your life today?
You don’t need to succumb to the heartbreak that can come along with rejection and being treated unlovingly. You can make a choice to look to your heavenly husband to fulfill those needs in your life. Jesus reaches His hand out to you, offering you security and love that no other on earth could ever offer. He gave His life for you, so that you never have to feel alone or unloved in any circumstance or situation. He sees you, hears your pain, and responds to you with redemption.
What significance, if any, is there to the fact that she stopped having children? Did she lose hope in God because there was a pause?
What did Christ do when He was rejected?
Jesus didn’t beg people to believe. He merely offered Himself as a humble servant. He walked through life being rejected and accepted over and over again, but stayed on His course as God willed. He never took it upon Himself to run after anyone and ask why. He didn’t try to do MORE to make others like or accept Him. Jesus walked in the will of the Father every day, even through His death. He prayed for those who despised Him, and even asked God for their forgiveness as He hung on the cross, ridiculed and spat upon.
When they came to the place called The Skull, they crucified Him there, along with the criminals, one on His right and the other on His left. 34Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up His garments by casting lots. Luke 23: 33-34
How did God respond to Christ’s rejection?
Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures: 'The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is from the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes'? Matthew 21:42
Who do you identify with, Leah or Rachel?
Does the Lord reject us? What scriptures support your answer?
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Luke 4:16-20 ESV
What scriptures will help you most when you feel rejected or unloved in this world?
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You above Your companions with the oil of joy. Hebrews 1:9
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Psalm 23:5
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you above your companions with the oil of joy. Psalm 45:7