I want to really emphasize one point about what I discussed in the previous post regarding the two wives of Jacob and their children. This is of great importance for humans to better understand not only God, but also life, how to be genuine, and also realistic, about life.
Jacob, who becomes renamed to Israel by the unnamed angel of God whom he encounters, is the patriarch of the twelve tribes of Israel. But this is a human story also, of a husband, of a wife, and of a father, and of a mother. Too many modern humans fall for the their own propaganda that they can "have it all." But the very patriarch of Israel "did not have it all," even as God guided him. Nor did his wives. His first wife had him as her husband, and loved him with her whole heart and soul, yet he did not love her. Yet she was remembered by God in her sorrow and given the first of many children for her honor and joy. So she had the love and blessing of children, but not what modern humans would think of as a loving husband, romantic, personal love. Jacob did love his second wife (she being the one he wanted all along, and he angled to have her even though under law the first older sister had to be married first) and so I guess modern humans would "root" for her, "Yeah! That's 'true love.'" Yet she suffered for many years because she could not bear children, until God had pity on her sorrow and made her fertile. See, the one who actually had Jacob's "romantic love" was not happy because she was envious that her unloved sister had children! Genesis 30:1 When Rachel saw that she failed to bear children to Jacob, she became envious of her sister. She said to Jacob, "Give me children or I shall die!" In anger Jacob retorted, "Can I take the place of God, who has denied you the fruit of the womb?"
Jacob's romantic love for Rachel was not enough for her, and she wanted children, not from love of children, but from envy of her sister who had children, but not the love of her husband. Yet, even when God, who understood her suffering, granted her children, the children she received were not enough for her and she prayed for "another son" (Genesis 30:24), even naming the one she had in reflection of her wanting yet another son, as the one was still wet being born! And she did receive another son, dying in giving childbirth. And thus Jacob still had the wife he honored but did not love, while the wife he loved died in the common risk of the time, childbirth, especially when in the middle of nomadic travel. So there you have it. Who "had it all?"
Modern humans, infested with feminist propaganda and men's hedonistic tendencies, who remain puerile and immature far into what should be their adult years, demand and brain wash others that they should have more and more and more, and only when they want it, not when God sends it. They find someone who loves them, but want someone "hotter." They want children, if at all, on their own timetable, aborting those they don't want. They think their hot and rich husbands will live forever, providing for them, and then they fall in war, in work, or doing "extreme sport," or of a heart attack as they slave away in the corporate world. For some reason modern humans think they should have it "all," when the humans who were blessed with God who walked side by side with them, as documented in the Bible, did not "have it all."
I hope that people will read what I wrote, the summary of the children of Jacob, and yes, read the actual scripture too, and think about this. This is one reason why the Bible does "contain all the answers to life," because if one ponders the deeper, yet obvious, meanings, one understands more about the reality, joys and sorrow, infinite possibilities (through God) yet real limitation, of life. Anyone who really understands the story of the love and losses of Jacob, Leah and Rachel would never have fallen for the propaganda of modern times. And they would have remained open to the obvious gifts of love, both romantic and the love of children, that God does bestow in abundance when it does occur.