Briefly tell the story of Isaac and Rebekah’s meeting and marriage. (The topic of Sunday Circles – The Extra Mile) – Genesis 24 …
We understand from the scriptures that Isaac is an Old Testament type of Christ while Rebekah is the chosen bride, the Church which is the Body of Christ --- you and me together with all the saints. So … we can afford to take this story personally.
Genesis 24 describes Rebekah. I want to encourage you to read it for yourself but suffice it to say that Rebekah was an exemplary woman. She was:
· Hard Working
… yet she brought trouble into her home by teaching her son to deceive his father and cheat his brother. (Genesis 27:15ff) The story of Isaac and Rebekah also details:
The Many Facets of a Marriage Made in Heaven
· The guidance of God
· The sanction of parents
· The allure of adventure
· The strength of consent
· The power of attraction
· The propriety of modesty
· The covenant commitment
· The feeling of love
· The comforting hope of a better tomorrow
and finally …
· The blessing of family
However, even in a perfect marriage, a “marriage made in heaven” if you will, there can still exists some struggles. The Bible tells us that Isaac was 40 years old when he met and married Rebekah. All seemed well with one exception, twenty years later this couple is still without children.
Genesis 25 NKJV
19 This is the genealogy of Isaac, Abraham’s son. Abraham begot Isaac.
20 Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah as wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padan Aram, the sister of Laban the Syrian.
21 Now Isaac pleaded with the LORD for his wife, because she was barren; and the LORD granted his plea, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
22 But the children struggled together within her; and she said, "If all is well, why am I like this?" So she went to inquire of the LORD.
I find it interesting to note that we can be called to the work of God and doing the will of God and still have struggles with some things others who appear less connected to God never seem to struggle with.
Even in a marriage made in heaven there can be some struggles from time to time. And, sometimes the blessing of God and answered prayer can bring more struggles. Take Jesus for example: He received an answer to His prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane but it did not take away the cross.
Sometimes it can be a struggle to find God’s will and at other times it can be a struggle to do His will but, His will is always worth the effort.
What can we do when we face some of the common, or some not so common struggles of life? Exactly what Isaac and Rebekah did, Go to God in earnest prayer. God will hear your cry and He will answer you.
Count on this one thing: God will never leave you in a struggle that does not have a purpose worth your effort.
Especially when it comes to family … Family was worth the Cross of Calvary – a little struggle on our part is not too much for God to ask …
Jesus and the Church … a marriage made in heaven well worth the effort.