Unspeakable Joy Devotional

2.13.19

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The greatest love letter ever written was from God to humans and it’s called the Bible. The Bible contains some of the most wonderful love stories ever told. One of my favorites is the story of Jacob and Rachel.

Genesis 29:10-11 “When Jacob saw Rachel daughter of Laban, his mother’s brother, and Laban’s sheep, he went over and rolled the stone away from the mouth of the well and watered his uncle’s sheep. Then Jacob kissed Rachel and began to weep aloud.”

Jacob stayed with Laban’s family and he had fallen deeply in love with Rachel.  It was love at first sight for Jacob.  In order to marry her, Rachel’s father convinced Jacob to work for him for seven years and he could marry Rachel. Genesis 29:20 “So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.”

Laban tricks Jacob into marrying his oldest daughter, Leah. Laban tells Jacob he can marry Rachel if he agrees to work another seven years for him. Jacob agreed and worked another seven years for Laban.

Jacob loved Rachel and he worked years to have her as his wife. He set up a pillar over her tomb when she died. Rachel had died but his love for her never did. Jacob loved Rachel at first sight and at last sight.

The word love is used 628 times in the scriptures. The two greatest commandments are to love the Lord God with all your heart and to love your neighbor as yourself. One of our ultimate goals is to learn to love the way God loves.

“For God so LOVED the world that He gave his only Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

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