Gen. 29:9, 10  Jacob rolls away the stone

            Gen. 29:9 "And while he yet spake with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep: for she kept them. 10 And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother." 

            There is no reason to think that Jacob was a particularly strong man, but when God blesses us then we are enabled by the enabling power of God to do things that otherwise we could not do.  The stone that otherwise required several men to roll away Jacob rolled away by himself.  Jacob was anxious to see the fulfillment of his journey and to meet the family that he had been sent to.  Thus, by the enabling strength of God Jacob rolled the large stone away and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother.


Gen. 29:11-14  First Kiss

            Gen. 29:11 "And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept. 12 And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's brother, and that he was Rebekah's son: and she ran and told her father. 13 And it came to pass, when Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sister's son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him, and kissed him, and brought him to his house. And he told Laban all these things. 14 And Laban said to him, Surely thou art my bone and my flesh. And he abode with him the space of a month."

            "And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept."  This is the first time that the word, kiss, appears in the scriptures.  There is no reason to assume this is a romantic kiss, but most likely a kiss upon the cheek.  The context suggests this as Jacob lifted up his voice and wept.  Jacob was overcome with joy at the encounter of meeting the daughter of his mother's brother for the first time.

            "And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's brother, and that he was Rebekah's son: and she ran and told her father."  Rachel was likewise thrilled to meet the son of Laban's sister.  This was a surprise as the distance between them was great and many years had passed since Rebekah had left Haran to go to be the wife of Isaac.  Most likely Laban and his family probably never expected to see any of Rebekah's family.  To have Jacob come was an emotional time for Laban and his family.

            "And it came to pass, when Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sister's son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him, and kissed him, and brought him to his house."  We see a very similar reaction from Laban towards Jacob that both Jacob and Rachel had experienced in their meeting.  Laban readily opened his house to Jacob. 

            "And he told Laban all these things. 14 And Laban said to him, Surely thou art my bone and my flesh. And he abode with him the space of a month."  Upon hearing the certainty of Jacob's story, Laban said, "Surely, thou art my bone and my flesh."  Most likely they had much catching up to do about the lives of the respective families as Jacob abode with Laban by the space of a month.  However, this arrangement was about to change as Laban will make a proposition to Jacob for earning wages for his keep. 


Gen. 29:15-20  Laban Strikes a Deal with Jacob

            Gen. 29:15 "And Laban said unto Jacob, Because thou art my brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me for nought? tell me, what shall thy wages be? 16 And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured. 18 And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter. 19 And Laban said, It is better that I give her to thee, than that I should give her to another man: abide with me. 20 And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her." 

            In this passage we get some hints as to the desire and motive of Laban towards Jacob.  Laban saw an opportunity to profit off the presence and visitation of his nephew Jacob.  He set forth to bargain for Jacobís service.  The agreement was that Jacob would serve Laban for seven years and then Laban would give to Jacob his daughter Rachel to wife. 

            It is clear also that Jacob looked upon the two daughters of Laban and saw that Rachel was by far the most beautiful of the two.  Leah had tender eyes, but Rachel was beautiful and well favored.  Jacob was so smitten by the beauty of Rachel that his seven years of service seemed only like a few days.  It has also been my experience that when we looked forward to something with great joy and work towards that hope that times passes swiftly by.  However, when we are bored or in dread of something, then the time seems to drag by.