As human beings, we have a history of rights and wrongs. In the trajectory of our existence, we leave traces that can be part of a good or bad legacy, depending of course on our choices.
Last time I spoke about Leah’s legacy, and today I’ll write a bit about the story of her sister, Rachel.
Although in the Bible she is described as a physically beautiful woman, inwardly she did not have as much beauty.
I’m going to point out some situations in which Rachel left evident failures in her character and spiritual life.
The first negative mark refers to the envy she had towards Leah for seeing her bear children, while she was barren.
Jacob loved Rachel unconditionally, but this was not sufficient for her, because by desiring to have children like her sister, she nourished envy, which is a time bomb of evil desires. You know that the envious ones get angry with the happiness of others, because of this, what they don’t have, they don’t want others to have either.
Also, there’s another thing that happened in Rachel’s life which showed her unbelief. On a certain occasion, Ruben, son of Leah, was in the camp and found some beautiful mandrakes, fruits that in that time were considered aphrodisiacs.
In order to have them, Rachel was capable of proposing something immoral to Leah. Leah loved Jacob very much, and her desire was to be by him every day. Knowing this, Rachel occultly negotiated the “love” of her husband, allowing her to spend that night with him.
Believing in superstitions, instead of placing her trust in God, Rachel was left disappointed. Aside from not getting pregnant at that stage, she saw Leah give birth to another child, a result of the day she traded her husband for superstitions.
Lastly comes Rachel’s worst mistake, which was stealing her father’s idols. In that time, these idols were not only elements to cultivate, they also had a monetary value, and in other words, they represented the possession of properties and businesses of the family.
Therefore, when Jacob decided to leave Laban’s lands, Rachel tried to guarantee her future by stealing those statues. When her father discovered he had been robbed, she lied to him, without any shame, saying she had not done it. Jacob was so bothered by that dire situation, that he said whoever was found guilty deserved to die (Gen. 31:32). But what he didn’t know was that it was Rachel. Imagine, if she was capable of lying and deceiving her own father, what wouldn’t she do to other people?
Rachel spent many years of her life fighting alone and with the wrong weapons, because of that, she made her sister a rival, her husband a trophy and her children an obsession.
Her short life has examples that stimulate us to think about how we’ll be remembered by and what marks we’ll leave in the lives of those around us.
Remember: it is our actions, and not our words, that will tell a story and be part of our legacy when we leave.
That being said, how will you be remembered?
Until next week!