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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Love Story


I love a good story.  I love the Bible.  I really love that the Bible has so many good stories.  And even better…love stories.  The Old Testament is filled with love stories beginning in the garden when God brought Adam his bride, Eve.  The very first words he spoke to her were romantic, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.”

  Though Abraham and Sarah have quite a bit written about them, there aren’t really many romantic words spoken between them in scripture or written about them either…though he does call her beautiful.  On the other hand, there’s quite a story to read about their son, Isaac, and their daughter-in-law, Rebekah.  I imagine that Isaac must have had a beautiful example in his own parents growing up to prepare him for the moment he first laid eyes on his love. 

The picture of the two of them coming together is breathtaking.  He’s in the field and sees her approaching with his father’s servant on their camels.  She inquires to the servant who the man is and then veils herself when she learns it is her betrothed.  He takes her into the tent to unveil her and make her is wife.  Sigh…how romantic.
It appears that this family develops a reputation for love stories as Isaac and Rebekah’s son, Jacob, is love struck the moment he sees Rachel and ends up working for her father for 14 years just to have her as his wife.  Jacob becomes the father of the nation of Israel named after him since God changed his name to Israel.  It’s this nation of people that brings us the Word of God, so I’m wondering if God had something in mind when He ensured that these lovely stories were included when we read of the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
There are so many others that come to my mind.  Moving through a chronological timeline, there’s Samson and Delilah, though the story is soiled when she betrays him.  How about Ruth and Boaz?  Now there’s an amazing love story.  Someone should write a play about that.  I also love the words written about Samuel’s parents.  Oh how his father adored his mother.  We all know the story of David and Bathsheba.  Well, maybe we shouldn’t glorify a relationship that began in sin, but God did forgive them and she was with him right up to the end. 
There’s even a beautiful love story written in one of the prophets, Hosea.  He loved his wife so much that even after she painfully betrayed him and was at her lowest point in life, he forgives her, searches her out, and pays to have her back saving her from destitute and proving his love for her. 
Most girls love reading about Queen Esther, and although I have strong opinions about how the story began, at least by the end, the king expresses how much he loves her when she approaches his throne with a request and he responds with, “What is it, Queen Esther?  What is your request?  Even up to half the kingdom, it will be given to you.”
If you’re paying attention, you might have noticed that I skipped over Solomon’s entire book written all about romantic love called The Song of Solomon.  There’s a reason for that, and I’ll get back to it in a moment.  For now, I want to jump to the New Testament.
Though we could dig and dig and find many little stories hidden in the Old Testament about romantic love, it’s a totally different story in the New Testament.  Of course, it starts out with two couples who loved each other. 

First, Zechariah and Elizabeth was an old Levite couple with no children, and then Zechariah is visited by the angel, Gabriel, and is told some wonderful news.  The two of them are finally going to have a son and become a happy family.  Well, he’s told other things about this future son of theirs, but the fact that they were going to conceive and the joy of such conception I think is very romantic. 

On the other end of the spectrum is a very young couple, so young that they had not even had their wedding yet though according to law, they are officially married since they were engaged.  Mary and Joseph, the parents of Jesus is one of the sweetest love stories in the Bible.  Joseph had every right according the law of Moses to condemn Mary, but not every right neither in God’s eyes nor in his own because he loved her…and let’s not forget she was carrying the Savior of the world. 
After this it all changes and it appears there’s not another couple written about to sigh over.  Or is there?  When Jesus is born, everything changes because He is the ultimate love story.  He is the unfolding of God’s love for all of mankind.  He is the Bridegroom to every man and woman on earth who accepts His proposal. 
I know this is a little difficult for men to grasp, but all that need be is for every man to consider the love he has for his own bride, and to consider that he himself is loved in that same way by God.  There’s no greater love than for a man to lay down his life, and what real man would not lay down his life for his bride?  Yes, Jesus did just that because of His love for all of us.  That’s what all of these stories lead up to.  It’s why God programmed it into us to love a good love story, so that we could understand His love for us.  The entire New Testament is a romantic love story culminating in the very last book, Revelation, where it says:
“Hallelujah!
    For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and be glad
    and give him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come,
    and his bride has made herself ready.
Fine linen, bright and clean,
    was given her to wear.”

It’s a classic story of the greatest of all heroes coming to take his bride, and in the process abolish all evil and take his place as King.  And for the first time, the words “Happily Ever After” are completely appropriate as we, His bride, will get to spend eternity with our Bridegroom, our King…King Jesus.

  I love a good story, especially a good love story.  The Song of Solomon is the most romantic book in the Bible next to I think Revelation.  It has a double meaning to it.  It’s a conversation between two lovers…8 chapters of he said she said sprinkled with a little bit of friends said because who could resist talking about a couple so much in love and their amazing love story?  It’s so passionate that at times you feel a little embarrassed that you’re reading it…yet it's so hard to resist.
It’s understood to be between King Solomon and his bride.  I suppose you have to over look the fact that Solomon had many brides and consider this one to be his greatest, but that’s beside the point when you consider the real meaning behind it.  It’s all about the love that Jesus has for His bride, His church, all of us who make up the body of His church because we have accepted His proposal.  He loves us so much, it’s breathtaking!  It’s written all over His face, and all over His Word, the Holy Scriptures, the Bible. 

Amie Spruiell July 13, 2013

2 comments:

  1. I love a love story as well, and, by the way I am aware that someone is writing a play about Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz. In fact I have seen a couple of acts from it played out...so don't worry...and do not try to reinvent that wheel. You have done an amazing job on this topic.It is both informing and highly interesting. Well done.

    God bless...

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  2. I love it Amie! Well done, and beautiful insights into the way we are made and Who we are created for.
    Blessings, Rebecca

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