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Wedding Bells Are Ringing (16 of 31)
Series: Foundations for Life
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
October 13, 1996
All right .. take your Bible and turn please to Genesis 24. We come this morning to the longest chapter in the book of Genesis. Now .. if you enjoy a good love story ... you're going to like Genesis 24.
Now .. in chapter 23 we read that Sarah gets buried. In chapter 24 we read that Isaac gets married. Wedding Bells are Ringing and we're going to discover that it was God who brought these two love-birds together!
I want to show you from God's Word that God is interested in your love story and how important it is for you to bring God into it! I'm talking to some young people and single adults this morning and you need to know that God is interested in the person whom you'll marry.
You're going to see today how God led in the lives of Isaac and Rebekah to bring them together as husband and wife because they were both willing to follow God. And if God could led them .. He can lead you.
Well .. let's read about in Genesis 24. We're thinking today on this subject:
Genesis 24 revolves around a cast of four: Abraham ... An unnamed Servant ... Rebekah .. and Isaac. As the wedding bells begin to ring ... I want you to see Abraham's Desire .... The Servant's Dependability ... Rebekah's Decision .. and Isaac's Devotion. Now .. using this simple outline ... let's consider first ...
(1) ABRAHAM'S DESIRE.
Now .. what was Abraham's desire? Well .. it was for a bride for Isaac! Abraham was 140 years old and Isaac was 40 years old and still single!
Now .. I want you to notice here that Abraham's desire was seen in a couple of things.
-in his concern for his son.
Abraham realized that if Isaac was to be the one whom the savior of the world would be born .. that he was going to need a bride! So .. Abraham set his heart on finding a bride for Isaac!
Now ... what kind of bride did God want for Isaac? Well ... verse 3 tells us that she was not to be "from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell."
Abraham knew about the daughters of the Canannites. He could see their low level of living. He saw the low moral standards of the Canaanites. He knew they were worldly and wicked! He had seen them. He had heard about their pagan worship and the immoral parties that they had!
Those Canaanite girls had no knowledge of the true God. And he knew that Isaac's wife-to-be could not come from the Canaanites if God was going to fulfill his promise!
And may I say to you who are single! There are some things worse than being single and that's being married to a Canaanite! It is better to be laughed at for not being married than to be unable to laugh because you are! Someone has said that love intoxicates a man; marriage often sobers him up! And some of you single adults need to sober up!
Worse than being single is to be married to a Canaanite .. to somebody who has no ...
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