1/24/2018 Genesis Chapters 35-37
I must admit that often when I read genealogies I kinda “skip” their meaning. But they would not be written in the inspired word of God if they were not important to our understanding of God’s plan. For example Genesis 35:22-26 lists Jacobs sons:
Jacob had twelve sons:23 The sons of Leah: Reuben the firstborn of Jacob, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar and Zebulun. 24 The sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin.25 The sons of Rachel’s servant Bilhah:Dan and Naphtali.26 The sons of Leah’s servant Zilpah:Gad and Asher.These were the sons of Jacob, who were born to him in Paddan Aram
Why is this listing important? Well, it gives us insight into a verse in Chapter 37:3 — Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him.
This takes us all the way back to Chapter 29:30 where we see that Jacob’s “love for Rachel was greater than his love for Leah.” So, Jacob favored Joseph not only because he was born to him in his “old age” but he was also the son of his first love, Rachel.