In relation to this question I would like to know how to understand the following verses:
Within Genesis 29 the story around the well is described: Ya'akov looked and saw, and behold (there was) a well in the field, and lo, three flocks of sheep lying there (near) by it, because from that well they watered the flocks; and a great stone was upon the mouth of the well. And thither were all the flocks gathered; and they rolled (withdrew) the stone from the mouth of the well, and watered the sheep, and put the stone back upon the well's mouth in its place.
After asking the shepherds how Lavan is, the sheperds respond by saying: "It is well (shalom is with him); and, behold, Rachel his daughter cometh with the sheep."
Why is it that Ya'akov first repsonse is a question about drawing water?: "Behold, it is yet high day, neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together; water ye the sheep, and go and feed them"?
And the story continues: The shepherds answered Ya'akov: "We cannot (draw water), until all the flocks be gathered together, and at the time we roll the stone from the well's mouth; then we water the sheep." While Ya'akov spake with them, Rachel came, with the flock of her father; for she was a shepherdess. And it came to pass, when Ya'akov saw Rachel the daughter of Lavan his mother's brother, and the sheep of Lavan his mother's brother, that Ya'akov went near, and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of Lavan his mother's brother. What happened here?
Is this story chronological? Didn't Ya'akov already knew Rachel was coming, and he had to wait till she would arrive? Or did the men told Ya'akov to wait because Rachel had yet to arrive, before they could water the sheeps, and while speaking to them there she already came, so at that point Ya'akov acted accordingly what was said?
(p.s. translation are from Mechon Mamre - JPS translation - and my own interpretation of these verses).