Jacob Marries Rachel; Jacob Takes His Family to His Homeland
When Lean realized she was no longer becoming pregnant, she too offered Jacob her maidservant Zilpah who had a son called Gad and another named Asher. Leah then had a fifth son, Issachar, a sixth son named Zebulan and then a daughter named Dinah.
Finally God broght favor to Rachel and she had a son named Joseph.
The two sisters, one beautiful but without children and one plain but bearing children, were each centered on their own plights. Leah realized that Jacob loved Rachel more -- in fact he loved her so much that he was willing to work 14 years at no salary just to have her as his wife.
Where there should have been love between the sisters, instead there was jealousy and hatred -- all because of Laban's trickery. The sisters used their children as a way of defeating one another. This confirms God's plan that a husband should have only one wife.
Everyone in this family had their focus was on themselves instead of on God.
At this time, Jacob asked Laban to let him return with his family to his homeland.
Laban bargained and offered more. Jacob reminded Laban how well he had cared for Laban's flocks and again asked that he be allowed to start his own household. Jacob asked Laban permission to keep all the spotted livestock as his wages ... pointing out that any animal born in the future that is not spotted should be considered stolen.
Laban agreed but immediagely set out to cheat Jacob by himself removing the spotted livestock. But Jacob was aware and mated the livestock in his favor and his herds grew in size and quality.