It was bonfire night, and we’d decided to have a bit of a party. One of the guys went out to buy some eats. He came back with, amongst other things, two sorts of sausages. The good meaty ones for the adults, and some cheap offerings for the kids. I was not too happy about that arrangement – if the sausages were not good enough for him, or me for that matter, then they certainly weren’t good enough for the kids! I wasn’t really in a position to comment, so the bangers were duly cooked and stacked up on trays. That done, the guy in question proudly walked through the door with the tray full of the ‘good’ sausages, but caught someone’s arm in the process, and the whole lot landed on the floor. So it was cheap sausages all round!!!
When Laban asked Jacob to stay on and work for him as a paid employee, (Genesis 29:15-19) it wasn’t out of benificence. He wanted a fully-committed hard-working member of staff, not a pleasant relative helping out here and there. Maybe he already had a clue what wages Jacob might ask for; Jacob himself knew exactly what he wanted.
The question was – how much was Rachel worth? It was a sellers’ market – the commodity was unique, and the buyer desperately wanted it, so he put in a high bid. Seven years’ work! That was a high price, but he was more than happy to pay it. “They seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.” It turned out in the finish, that he had to pay twice that much, and work for fourteen years, because of Laban’s trickery. Even then, he was willing to pay what it took, because he wanted Rachel enough – she was worth it.
Jesus paid for us what he thought we were worth, when he chose to die in our place on the cross. He not only planned to save our eternal lives, but also to win our love. It’s wonderful to realize he thinks that much of me!
But there is another side to this – he also thinks that much of everyone else. We can so easily treat others like the guy with the sausages – ‘it’s only for them’. But if Jesus thought people were worth dying for, then those same people are worth a great deal, and full respect is due, whoever they are, whether they are ‘nice’ or not. They are worth it – Jesus said so.