Rachel stomped down the hall, the sound of her heart pounding in her head. She tried to slow her quick breathing but her body wouldn’t calm down. She was livid. How could my own father do this to me? And my sister? Unbelievable. Disgusting.
She paused outside the closed bedroom door. Taking a deep breath, she turned the doorknob and flung the door open. Tangled in the sheets and sound asleep just as she suspected.
“How dare you!” she screamed. “How could you do this to me? How!”
Jacob’s eyes sprung open. He sat up in the bed and looked with wide eyes from Rachel to the woman lying in the bed next to him.
“Leah? What is going on here?” he asked. Jacob rubbed his eyes.
Leah pulled the white sheet over her head.
“Oh like you don’t know Jacob? Don’t play dumb with me!” Rachel’s voice rose with hysteria. “I cannot even believe you and Daddy did this to me, Leah!”
Jacob sprang from the bed trying to pull his pants on and hopped towards Rachel.
“Rachel,I don’t know what is going on here! I swear!” his right hand motioned toward the bed and Leah. “I married you last night. I love you!”
“Jacob, does that look like me in your marriage bed right now?” Rachel spit the words into Jacob’s face, venom oozing from her lips. “How could you not know? How?”
Jacob hung his head, confusion and shame washing over his features. “Rachel, I don’t know. I don’t know… Your Dad,”
“My dad, yeah my dad and Leah were in on this together but how could you not know?” Tears rolled down her cheeks. Rachel swiped at the wetness with the back of her hand. “Jacob, I just don’t understand this.” She gestured toward the bedroom, then turned and ran down the hall leaving Jacob staring after her.
Jacob turned toward the bed, Leah still hid under the sheet. He crossed the room to the bed in three quick steps and ripped the sheet from Leah. She scrambled up the headrest, trying to cover her naked flesh.
“Leah, what is going on here!” Jacob’s fury glared from his blue eyes. “Open your mouth and speak, Leah! Why are you in this bed and naked?” He spoke in a throaty growl. Leah trembled in fear.
“Your father is responsible for this, this mess?” Jacob stormed from the bedroom the door slamming behind him.
Leah rocked back and forth sobbing. Alone, naked, ashamed.
Continued tomorrow. Stay tuned….
This is a modern day story of Leah, Rachel, and Jacob from Genesis 29-30
So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast. 23 But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and Jacob made love to her. 24 And Laban gave his servant Zilpah to his daughter as her attendant.
25 When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn’t I? Why have you deceived me?”
Can you imagine being in Rachel’s position? Where do you think she was during the wedding ceremony? Do you think she knew what was going on? How did Laban manage to trick Jacob?