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May
10

Love Stories: Isaac and Rebekah

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Abraham was now a very old man, and the LORD had blessed him in every way. One day Abraham said to his oldest servant, the man in charge of his household, “Take an oath by putting your hand under my thigh. Swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and earth, that you will not allow my son to marry one of these local Canaanite women. Go instead to my homeland, to my relatives, and find a wife there for my son Isaac.” (Genesis 24:1-4, NLT)

One of the first love stories we find in the Bible is the story of Isaac and Rebekah. It all began after Isaac’s mother died. Abraham was advanced in years and recognized that he needed to arrange a marriage for his son. He deeply cared about who his son would marry and sent his servant on a journey to find just the right person. I think most parents care about who their children marry. One of the points Lisa shared with our congregation was the importance of praying for the future spouses of our children. Using Luke 2:52 as a framework, she shared these four points that frame her daily prayers for our children:

1. Pray for their mental and emotional growth. (“Jesus grew in wisdom”)
2. Pray for their physical growth and health. (“and in stature”)
3. Pray for their spiritual formation. (“and in favor with God”)
4. Pray for their character development. (“and in favor with all the people”)

What you pray for yourself, pray for your children. And what you pray for your children, pray for their spouses or their future spouses. If you read the entirety of Genesis 24, you’ll find prayer plays an important role in the process Abraham and his servant undertook to find just the right wife for Isaac. Christian parents care about marriage and who their children marry, because God cares about marriage and who our children marry.

Categories : Marriage, Parenting

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