Childern's Sermon “Families Are Funny”
“Families Are Funny”
So, Jacob went to his Uncle Laban’s home back in the old country, from where his mother came, to find a wife. Uncle Laban tricked Jacob into marrying his older daughter Leah and then gave Jacob also his older daughter Rachel. That was sneaky and not right, but a long time ago people did things differently. Your mother and father are your mother and father today.
It would be funny if you had two mothers or two fathers at the same time. A man does not marry two women at the same time. Nor does a woman marry two men at the same time. In today’s world to marry more than one person at the same time is usually not done. I do not think Jacob thought what happened to him was funny. But then, Uncle Laban tricked Jacob into doing something Jacob did not want to do: marry Leah and then also marry Leah’s younger sister Rachel. Whose uncle would do that? Jacob’s Uncle Laban did! Most uncles thank goodness are not like that.
But back then usually the older child would be the favorite child, or the child that would receive most what the family had (called an inheritance), would take over the family farm or business, or like have all the best “toys” first. The first child was the favorite. Remember we talked about a mom or a dad “playing favorites” last week, where one child was the favorite of the parent. Even today around the world some families still expect marriage to be like what was done a long time ago by Uncle Laban. It is what is called their custom. I am glad we do not do marriage like that today where we are expected to marry a certain person because that is what is expected of us. Usually today in our country a man and a woman fall in love, get married, and have children and live happily ever after. And if you want to get married, I wish that storybook marriage happened for your mom and dad now, and many years from now also for you.
Let us pray: Our Father God, we are thankful for your love and the love of our mother and our father. Bless our moms and dads, our brothers and sisters, our church family, and the whole world, in Jesus’ name. Amen.