With, Jacob’s wanderlust unsated, he travels on to Edar. However, during the night he is awoken by the sound of his son Reuben and his concubine Bilhah having sex! A couple of quick points before I tell you how he punished them. First, the authors of the bible have referred to Bilhah as Rachel’s slave this whole time, but now she is finally called Jacob’s “concubine,” all it took was for her to start having sex with someone else for the authors to remind us. Second, Reuben would have grown up with this woman his whole life. Though she doesn’t have any biological connection to him, Bilhah would still be viewed as his step-mother. Are we looking at a Cinderella effect with Bilhah sexually abusing Reuben, or did Reuben have a bit of an Oedipus complex? Either way, this is a very naughty family!
Okay, so Jacob hears his son and his wife having sex, so what does he do? Nothing. Seriously, he doesn’t do a damn thing about it! Right after the verse that describes his son and his wife going at it like teenage bunnies on crystal meth, we get a repeat of Jacob’s lineage, too boring to illustrate. Either Jacob doesn’t care enough to prevent someone from plowing his wife, or he’s just overjoyed that Reuben finally got laid, even if it was a MILF.
I should also point out that, for a very brief time in Genesis 35:21-26, Jacob is called “Israel”, the new name that God gave to him. However, the very next time he’s mentioned, he’s back to being Jacob. So much for Godly omnipotence! A name change at a courthouse would have lasted longer than that!