8 February 2015 Sunday Morning Service

Bible
OT Genesis 29 : 25 – 30 : 24
NT Mark 6 : 30 – 44

Genesis
29:25 When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn’t I? Why have you deceived me?”
29:26 Laban replied, “It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one.
29:27 Finish this daughter’s bridal week; then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work.”
29:28 And Jacob did so. He finished the week with Leah, and then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife.
29:29 Laban gave his servant girl Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her maidservant.
29:30 Jacob lay with Rachel also, and he loved Rachel more than Leah. And he worked for Laban another seven years.
29:31 When the LORD saw that Leah was not loved, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren.
29:32 Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben, for she said, “It is because the LORD has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now.”
29:33 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “Because the LORD heard that I am not loved, he gave me this one too.” So she named him Simeon.
29:34 Again she conceived, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “Now at last my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” So he was named Levi.
29:35 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “This time I will praise the LORD.” So she named him Judah. Then she stopped having children.
30:1 When Rachel saw that she was not bearing Jacob any children, she became jealous of her sister. So she said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I’ll die!”
30:2 Jacob became angry with her and said, “Am I in the place of God, who has kept you from having children?”
30:3 Then she said, “Here is Bilhah, my maidservant. Sleep with her so that she can bear children for me and that through her I too can build a family.”
30:4 So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife. Jacob slept with her,
30:5 and she became pregnant and bore him a son.
30:6 Then Rachel said, “God has vindicated me; he has listened to my plea and given me a son.” Because of this she named him Dan.
30:7 Rachel’s servant Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son.
30:8 Then Rachel said, “I have had a great struggle with my sister, and I have won.” So she named him Naphtali.
30:9 When Leah saw that she had stopped having children, she took her maidservant Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife.
30:10 Leah’s servant Zilpah bore Jacob a son.
30:11 Then Leah said, “What good fortune!” So she named him Gad.
30:12 Leah’s servant Zilpah bore Jacob a second son.
30:13 Then Leah said, “How happy I am! The women will call me happy.” So she named him Asher.
30:14 During wheat harvest, Reuben went out into the fields and found some mandrake plants, which he brought to his mother Leah. Rachel said to Leah, “Please give me some of your son’s mandrakes.”
30:15 But she said to her, “Wasn’t it enough that you took away my husband? Will you take my son’s mandrakes too?” “Very well,” Rachel said, “he can sleep with you tonight in return for your son’s mandrakes.”
30:16 So when Jacob came in from the fields that evening, Leah went out to meet him. “You must sleep with me,” she said. “I have hired you with my son’s mandrakes.” So he slept with her that night.
30:17 God listened to Leah, and she became pregnant and bore Jacob a fifth son.
30:18 Then Leah said, “God has rewarded me for giving my maidservant to my husband.” So she named him Issachar.
30:19 Leah conceived again and bore Jacob a sixth son.
30:20 Then Leah said, “God has presented me with a precious gift. This time my husband will treat me with honor, because I have borne him six sons.” So she named him Zebulun.
30:21 Some time later she gave birth to a daughter and named her Dinah.
30:22 Then God remembered Rachel; he listened to her and opened her womb.
30:23 She became pregnant and gave birth to a son and said, “God has taken away my disgrace.”
30:24 She named him Joseph, and said, “May the LORD add to me another son.”

Mark
6:30 The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught.
6:31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
6:32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.
6:33 But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them.
6:34 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
6:35 By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late.
6:36 Send the people away so they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”
6:37 But he answered, “You give them something to eat.” They said to him, “That would take eight months of a man’s wages! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?”
6:38 “How many loaves do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.” When they found out, they said, “Five–and two fish.”
6:39 Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass.
6:40 So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties.
6:41 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to set before the people. He also divided the two fish among them all.
6:42 They all ate and were satisfied,
6:43 and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish.
6:44 The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.