Old Testament – Genesis 28 and 29
Having stolen the blessing from his brother Jacob needs to get out of dodge. His father sends him to live with his uncle Laban, this will also allow Jacob to find a wife from among his cultural people. When Jacob arrives we immediately see a scene reminiscent of Abraham / Isaac. Remember, when Abraham was looking for a wife for his son Isaac, he sent his servant who found her at a well. When Jacob arrives in the land of his family he also arrives at a well where he meets the woman he wants to marry.
Laban agrees to allow Jacob to marry Rachel if he works for Laban for seven years. Jacob agrees. Seven years later on their wedding night Laban substitutes Rachel’s older sister Leah. Maybe Jacob had too much wine because he doesn’t notice. In the morning, Jacob is understandably upset. Laban’s response to him, “It is not the custom in our country to give the younger daughter before the firstborn.” Jacob has been Jacobed. As he had taken the blessing of the firstborn by trickery, so now he is wed to the firstborn by trickery. Jacob will now willing work another seven years to marry Rachel as well.
New Testament – Matthew 12
In Matthew 12 we see Jesus allowing his disciples to pick and eat grain and healing a man’s paralyzed hand on the Sabbath. Jesus makes it clear that it is “lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” But Jesus also makes some important statements about the nature of the Sabbath. He says, “Come to me all who labor and are burdened and I will give you rest.” (Chapter 11:28). Notice, rest is not only on a day but not rest is in the person of Jesus.
Jesus also says, “Take my yoke upon you … For my yolk is easy, and my burden is light.” Yolk’s are upside down “U” shaped harness to attach oxen to plows. This is one reason why priests where cloth stoles when they are working. The cloth hanging from their necks looks like a yolk, yet because it is made of cloth is light.
Finally, Jesus says, “I say to you, something greater than the temple is here.” This is an important revelation. We will come to see more and more that Jesus’ body is the new temple. The temple is where the sacrifices were made. Jesus will be the new sacrifice. We have already seen that Mary is the new Ark of the Covenant and Jesus is the fulfillment of the contents of the ark. The fulfillment of the Word, the Priesthood and the Manna. The temple is where the bread of the presence was kept. Jesus is the new bread of the presence. Although, the Sabbath is a day of rest, it was also a day of sacrifice. Thus in this chapter we see Jesus says that he is the new rest.