Read Genesis 29
Focus on verse 20-25
Seven years seemed but a few days because of his love for Rachel. Such is the power of love. Apparently it also blinded Jacob to the deceptive nature of his soon-to-be father-in-law Laban. The interaction between Laban and Jacob is interesting, since it soon becomes a contest of deception.
So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.
Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed.” So Laban gathered together all the people of the place and made a feast. But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and he went in to her. (Laban gave his female servant Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her servant.) And in the morning, behold, it was Leah! And Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?” (v. 20-25)
Laban does then agree to give Jacob Rachel as a wife as well in exchange for another seven years of service, during which Jacob uses Laban’s flocks and herds to build wealth for himself. Jacob ultimately appears to win the battle of deception with Laban primarily because God favored him as the carrier of the promise. The one bright spot in the story seems to be the love between Jacob and Rachel, however, aside from this, and to some extent, because of this love of Jacob for Rachel, the family and extended family wallows in dysfunction, deception, and unhealthy competition. The result and the lesson in the story is that once again we see how God uses people who are far from perfect to carry forward His plan of salvation to through, and to, a world filled with people who do not deserve His mercy and grace.