Jacob Meets Rachel but is
Tricked into Marrying her Sister Leah
Jacob arrived in Haran. Laban's youngest daughter Rachel was arriving at the well to water her sheep. Jacob explained who he was and she was aware of his family. It was love at first sight.Rachel returned home to tell Laban of Jacob's arrival.
Laban's oldest daughter was Leah and she was quiet. Rachel was beautiful. Laban realized he could take advantage of Jacob who accepted Laban's offer to work as Laban's servant for 7 years in exchange for marriage to Rachel.
After the 7 years, when Jacob asked for marriage with Rachel, Laban tricked him and married him to Leah who apparantly was wearing a heavy veil that kept her face from view until the wedding was completed. Was this repayment for the trick Jacob played on Esau when he took Esau's birthright in the dark when Isaac could not see well?
Laban then demanded another 7 years of labor to get Rachel. Leah began to give Jacob many children: Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah. But there was much saddness in the marriage because Jacob made it clear that he loved Rachel and Rachel loved Jacob. Leah, though she was neglected by Jacob and despised by Rachel, had a great purpose in God’s plan. The two greatest tribes came from Leah, not Rachel: Levi (the priestly tribe) and Judah (the royal tribe). And most importantly, the Messiah came from Leah, the uglier sister, who was neglected and despised, but learned to look to the Lord and praise Him.