Jacob worked 14 years for Rachel. The first seven in the expectation of the end, and the next seven in the frustration of the beginning.
Jacob had never been more disappointed in the whole of his life, as he became aware that he was bound by the law of the land, that a younger daughter could never marry ahead of her older sibling.
At the day of Jacob’s payment for half the term, he was turned into a drunk man in order to be more easily cheated into getting the wrong good, till he could no longer return it.
Then, the father brought a veiled lady into Jacob’s tent at night, and in the morning, Behold, it was Leah!
The only compensation, if we can call it compensation, is that for the one he worked two terms, he came out of Paddan Aram with four.
Now, for half of seven, but as worthy as 14, Jesus spent in the company of his beloved, whom he dispensed so much love and was dispensed perhaps even more in return, he went afterwards to the cross, and in the height of his torments, as he opened his agonizing
eyes to look around, Behold, it was John, who had made to be the beloved disciple.
There is a huge difference here though. In Paddan Aram, Jacob was the only one
cheated by Laban. On the Calvary, the one cheated was Christianity by the Church. Thanks to Mark 14:50, ALL the disciples had fled to hide themselves behind locked doors for fear that the Romans would come for them too.
Therefore, Love had prevailed, because the real beloved disciple was the one there at locked arms with Jesus’ mother, crying before the cross.
The reason for Laban to cheat on Jacob was a stupid pagan law. What was the reason for the Church to cheat on Christianity? Why would the Church replace Mary Magdalene with John as Jesus’ beloved disciple, her history of prior to meeting Jesus or the Pauline attitude with regards to women?
“A man is better off having no relation with a a woman.” And “If you are free of a wife, do not go in search of one.” (I Cor. 7:1,27)
In “Behold, it was Leah,” only one man was misled into believing he was having Rachel. In “Behold, it was John,” millions today have become unable to acknowledge that Jesus could have loved Mary.
If we think that Laban was cruel, the attrocities of the Church started at the Calvary.