Rachel Trades Jacob For Mandrakes

Rachel trades her husband’s favors for some mandrakes. And so, when Jacob came home, Leah said: “Thou must come in unto me, for surely I have hired thee with my son’s mandrakes. And he lay with her that night.” Presumably God, by telling us this edifying story, is teaching us something about sexual ethics. (30:15-16)

Respond: There is no sexual ethics has both the sisters were competing with each other and moreover both were wives of Jacob so if Leah hires Jacob or not after all it is between husband and wife, so stupid question, and waste of time. If we read (Gen 29:24-30) when Jacob realizes that Laban gave Leah has a wife instead of Rachel to Jacob, Laban said ‘it is not the custom in our country to give the younger before the elder”. Leah is conceived first because this was what Yahweh God saw that she was neglected or hated (Gen 29:31-35). Rachel was jealous of her elder sister Leah that she was unable to conceive so she gave her slave-girl Bilhah to Jacob so she can give a child. This is when Leah gets jealous of Rachel for Rachel gave her slave-girl Bilhah to Jacob and makes her an offer that if Rachel gives Jacob to Leah she will be pleased to give the mandrakes. Later Rachel conceives and gives a son named Joseph (Gen 30:22-24). We notice that it was God’s plan and not human intervention that Jacob bore a sons.

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Jacob Names Bethel Twice

Jacob names Bethel for the first time (28:19), before meeting Rachel. Later in (35:15), just before Rachel dies, he names Bethel again. (I guess the name didn’t take the first time.)

Respond: The chapter (Gen 35:1-15) is a summary of Jacob’s journey from Shechem to Hebron, this is why we read certain incidents are repeated such as (Gen 28: 10-22) is repeated in (Gen 35: 1) where God Almighty says to Jacob “move on now and go to Bethel and settle there and make an alter for the God….”. Jacob arrives at Luz in the land of Canaan (Gen 28:19) is repeated in (Gen 35:6). And Jacob is name Israel by Yahweh God (Gen 35:10) which happened in (Gen 32:28). This is why we read the story has been repeated in (Gen 35: 14-15) taken from (Gen 28:19) where Israel names Luz the land has Bethel.

Abraham Needed God’s Aid

Abraham needed God’s help to father Isaac when he was 100 years old (Gen.21:1-2, Rom.4:19, Heb.11:12). But here, when he is even older, he manages to have six more children without any help from God. (25:2)

Respond: To understand we need to rewind to (Gen 17:2) “And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.” The same is written in (Rom 4:19-21) 19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. 20 No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 22 Therefore his faith “was reckoned to him as righteousness.” (Heb 11:12) “12 Therefore from one man, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, “as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.” So, when we read (Gen 25:2) it proves the covenant of Almighty God does not falsify but fulfills.

Abraham’s Insufficient Knowledge Of The Name Jehovah

Abraham names the place where he nearly kills Isaac after Jehovah. But according to (Ex.6:3), Abraham couldn’t have known that God’s name was Jehovah. (22:14)

Respond:(Exodus 6:3) is very clear “I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as God Almighty or El Shaddai (Heb) (Gen 17:1), but by my name ‘The LORD’ “Jehovah” I did not make myself known to them. According (Gen 22:14) Abraham knew the name of God Almighty, Yahweh but in (Ex 6:3) it is said that Yahweh God did not reveal his name, there is one probability. The First Five Books are written by Moses and the story of Abraham is written by Moses too, so he could had assumed that Abraham could had known or it could be a mistake that instead or writing “God Almighty” he could had written “Jehovah-Jireh” means Jehovah provides.

Lot And His Daughters

Lot and his daughters camp out in a cave for a while. The daughters get their “just and righteous” father drunk, and have sexual intercourse with him, and each conceives and bears a son (wouldn’t you know it!). Just another wholesome family values Bible story. (19:30-38)

Respond: Before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorah, Lot speaks to his future son-in-laws who were to marry his daughters, but his son-in-laws thought he was joking (Gen 19:14). We see here that Lot had arranged son-in-laws for his daughters, but since they took the instruction of Lot lightly they could had perished from the wrath of Yahweh God. Daughters slept with their father (Gen 19:30-38) is not new similar case of incest is noticed when Caine takes a wife unto himself in (Gen 4:17). The Bible never encourages us to do so but these are just records, and one must not forget that these things happened before the law was given. Now it was the daughters of Lot that made him drink a) It was the daughters who did so and Lot was innocent and b) When the daughters slept with their father, Lot was intoxicated by wine and he was not in his senses of the act.

So, the above situations proves that Lot was just and righteous (2 Pet 2:7-8). Reason for such act is Lot’s daughters feared that there was not a single man in Zoar with whom they can consummate and have children. So, Bible has the answers only we need to read the verses before and after.

Lot Offers His Daughters To A Crowd

Lot [the just and righteous (2 Pet.2:7-8)] offers his daughters to a crowd of angel rapers.  (19:8)

Respond: First of all this is a time when world just began after the flood and laws were not prescribed by God Almighty at that time, and hospitality was given importance more. A big example is that when Caine takes wife for himself (Gen 4:17) this was legal and it is record of a story that happened thousands of years back. The Bible does not encourage anyone to do so.

God Hides His Intentions From Abraham

God, who is planning another mass murder, is worried that Abraham might try to stop him. So he asks himself if he should hide his intentions from Abraham. (18:17)

Respond: This is because if we turn to (Gen 17) where Yahweh God promised that Abraham will become father of multitude, and now in (Gen 18) God wants to destroy Sodom and Gomorah this will make Abraham think about the covenant, that Yahweh God promised and how he can break it. This is why God Almighty in (Gen 18:18-20) clearly says that Abraham will become a great nation.