Leaving a Legacy: The Story of Leah
Sunday May 12, 2019
Pastor Jamie McDonald
Leah’s story includes a lot of brokenness and pain, but is divinely
interrupted, redeemed and lovingly restored by the tender mercies
of God, an enduring legacy for future generations and God’s glory.
The New is in the Old ________________________;
The Old is in the New ________________________.
Everything in the Old Testament points forward to Jesus Christ
(Luke 24:44-45; Acts 18:28; 2 Timothy 3:16; Romans 15:4).
Just because it’s “in the Bible” doesn’t make it:
■ Morally ________________________,
■ God’s _________________,
■ Something He will _________________,
But it does make it _______________.
Leah plays a small part in the much larger OT story of redemption
that Jesus came to fulfill (Genesis 3:15; 12:1-3, 7; 15:18-21;
26:3-4; 28:13-14; 49:10; 2 Samuel 7:12-13; Jeremiah 31:31-34;
Matthew 1:1; Luke 22:20). Her story begins in the 2nd half of the
book of Genesis, intertwined with the story of Jacob.
The 12 Tribes of Israel (Genesis 29-30)
Benjamin would born much later, in ch.35. Unfortunately, Rachel
dies after giving birth to him.
Do you see any dysfunction in this picture? This is the family tree
of Jesus! God is no stranger to messy lives and messy families.
He wants to speak into them and bring healing to them.
Learning From the Life of Leah
1. She was ________________________.
❖ Her own appearance: “_________________” eyes (29:17)
❖ Her father’s actions (29:23)
❖ Her husband’s affections (29:18, 20, 30)
❖ “…the L ORD _________________” (29:31)
2. She turned her problems into ________________________.
❖ Reuben = “The L ORD has noticed my ________________,
and now my husband will love me” (29:32)
❖ Simeon = “the L ORD heard I was _________________…”
❖ Levi = “Surely this time my husband will feel
________________________ for me…” (29:34)
Finally, I confessed [yadah] all my sins to you and stopped trying
to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess [yadah] my
rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.
(Psalm 32:5, NLT)
I will give thanks [yadah] to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will
tell of all your wonderful deeds. (Psalm 9:1, NIV)
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him,
and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I
praise [yadah] him. (Psalm 28:7, NIV)
❖ A woman of ________________________ (30:17)
❖ ________________________ by Jacob (49:31)
3. She left a legacy of ________________________.
❖ Half of Israel’s 12 Tribes (35:23)
❖ Levi: Aaron, priesthood, Levites, Moses, 10C, Torah,
❖ Men of Issachar (1 Chronicles 12:32)
❖ Men of Zebulun (1 Chronicles 12:33)
❖ Boaz, David, Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel
❖ Mary, Joseph, Zechariah, Elizabeth, John the B., Anna
❖ Barnabas, Paul (Benjamin raised by Leah), Jesus
You + Jesus = More Than Enough!
“There’s not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence
where Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!”
– Abraham Kuyper
What will be your legacy?
What will you be remembered for?