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Msg #1906 Three Rs of Arranged Marriages
What The Bible Says
Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
People in love love Valentines Day. Situate in the cold of winter but anticipatory of those hormones found in the leading edge of spring, February 14th comes with an expectation that one act on impulses of having and holding a special valentine. In that vein God tells three love stories that I'll call the three “Rs” of arranged marriages; Rebekah, Rachel and Ruth. Genesis 24 is the longest chapter of God's In-The-Beginning series. Abraham was old and well stricken in age when he told his most faithful servant “ I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell: But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.” God tells us, “And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahairoi;... and went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming.” It is not about the camels, but they, mentioned eighteen times, carry the story. Genesis 29 tells us at their first meeting Jacob rolled the stone away, kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept. Is this love at first sight? God's love stories are all multidimensional and loaded with revelation. Ruth gets a whole book of the Bible and has this unforgettable scene where she proposes to Boaz, and in the next chapter he becomes her kinsman redeemer. True love and God's great providence shows up in these three “Rs”. God does not arrange all marriages but these are specially designed to fit right into his plans. Yours could too. Happy Valentines Day.
An Essay for week #6 Feb 10, 2019
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