Her name in Hebrew is: רחל Râchêl (raw-khale’) Strongs #: 7354; journey. Her name
in Greek is: ΄Ραχήλ Rhachēl (hrakh-ale) Strongs #: 4478.
Rachel was the youngest of the twin daughters of Laban.
First mention of Rachel is when she met her cousin Jacob at the well, and Jacob loved
her possibly from that time onward. (74)
Because of Jacob’s love for beautiful Rachel, Jacob inclined to work for her father
for seven years as a dowry for her hand, but those seven years seemed to pass quickly.
It is not known on what discussion went on between Rachel and Laban when Jacob demanded
Rachel’s hand, but when Jacob’s seven years of servitude was over, Laban threw a
wedding feast for Jacob and his daughter. However, it wasn’t Rachel that he was
marrying off, but Rachel’s older sister, Leah.
Either Rachel was locked in a closet or was threatened about revealing herself during
the wedding, Genesis and Jasher does not say.
Naturally, Jacob was furious when he found out that he had married Leah instead,
but he still married Rachel a week later. Nevertheless, he had to serve Laban for
another seven years for Rachel’s hand. (76)
Rachel greatly desired to have children for she was barren, she envied her sister
Leah because of all the children she had, so she took her handmaid Bilhah so she
could have children for her. (77)
Finally, after being barren for 7 years, Rachel bore Joseph, but she predicted that
she would have another son a little later. (78)
Jacob was soon tired of being under Laban’s wing for he had served Laban seven years
for Rachel’s hand plus an extra six only because Laban didn’t want him to leave.
When Jacob had enough of all the alterations of his wages, he waited until Laban
was gone from home to make his move.
Rachel had no desire to have her father know where she and her husband were, so she
took Laban’s idols with her on the journey, but said nothing of it to Jacob. (79)
Rachel and Jacob had only traveled about 300 miles when Laban caught up with them,
and he was not very happy. After complaining to Jacob about stealing away unnoticed,
he let loose his biggest complaint: “Where are my gods?!”
Rachel knew that she needed to hide the gods in an unsearchable place especially
after hearing Jacob say, “Whoever has your gods shall not live!”
Rachel’s life depended upon finding the perfect hiding place, so she hid the gods
amongst the camel’s furniture and sat thereon. When Laban came by searching through
the stuff, Rachel commented to her father, “Forgive me that I do not rise up before
you for the custom of women is upon me.” This was enough to discourage Laban from
searching the camel’s furniture, and Laban never found the idols, and this made Jacob
all the more angry. (80)
After much deliberation upon settling in Canaan with the destruction of Shechem,
Rachel had to move with her husband and sister to Bethel where they stayed six months,
they left for Hebron but only made it a short distance, making it as far as Ephrath
where Rachel went into heavy labor and bore her second son.
It was this second son that she so desired that caused her death, she requested that
her son should be called Benoni for it meant “Son of my sorrow.” Jacob refused the
name and he called the baby, Benjamin, “Son of my right hand.” Therefore, Rachel
died at the age of 45. (81)