Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Beautiful Love.......

Rebekah and Isaac

Today, I want to share the beautiful love story of Isaac and Rebekah found in Genesis 24 in the Bible.  

In our lives, when we look, we see how God desires to express His loving~kindness to us.  Psalm 25:10 declares, "all the paths of the Lord are loving-kindness."  All does not mean just the easy ones but ALL means everyone, even the difficult and painful paths.  There is wonderful joy to be led in ways that are not of our own choosing!  It is very good to be "ordered" by our beloved Lord!

In a way, this is the story of Isaac and Rebekah and the way that God ordered their two very different paths guiding them to their meeting and ultimately to their marriage.  Isaac was the son of promise born to Sarah and Abraham in their old age.  As the years passed, Abraham knew that the time had come for his son to find a wife.  Abraham, being a servant of the Most High God, prayerfully called in his eldest servant and gave him detailed instructions of how and where to search for Isaac's wife and the path he should take to find her.  In our western culture, this seems strange, but it was an accepted practice of their culture and time.  "But you shall go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son Isaac." Genesis 24:4.  Then, Abraham boldly asked God to send an angel before him for preparation.  How precious to "see" the heart of pure love this father had for his son and his bride...... that he would ask for an angel to guide the path ahead.  He also gave specific instructions on how the servant would know "which maiden" would be the one for Isaac.  According to Scripture. this beautiful girl was "very fair to look upon, a virgin, and would stoop down to fill her water~pots."  Genesis 24;16  The beauty and kindness of Rebekah assured the servant that this woman was to be the wife of his master's son.  So as the story unfolds Isaac and Rebekah meet and as their eyes meet and it was LOVE!  Verse 67 of the passage tells us "she became his wife and he loved her."  

The tenderness and sweetness of this special love story reminds us that love ordained and blessed by God leads a couple on a path of blessing!  Thankfully we have true love stories like this one that remind us that it is worth waiting for the person God has chosen for us and that it will be BLISS!!!!  Romance is in the air...........soon it will be Valentines Day!!!

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