Rebekah covered her face with her veil indicating to her prospective groom that she was a virgin. She had preserved her most intimate self for her husband.
Isaac opened up his heart to Rebekah by moving her into the tent where Sarah, the princess of God and the matriarch of the family lived. This tent is where God told Sarah that she would have a miraculous son. This is the tent where Isaac spent a lot of his childhood. Instantly, Rebekah is upgraded from bride-to-be to First Lady. Once again, Isaac is transparent by revealing to her, and to the public, Rebekah’s honored position in his life.
Isaac was first intimate with God and then he became intimate with his wife. The Bible states that he loved her deeply. Rebekah, which means ‘yoked, tied up, secured’ (1), became secured or joined with her husband.
Matthew 19:5 NLT, ‘And he said, 'This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined (secured) to his wife, and the two are united into one.' (parenthesis added)
What does love and intimacy produce?
Love and intimacy produces unity. Isaac and Rebekah became equals. They were united in mind and spirit. Their bodies belonged only to each other causing them to be one in flesh.
Love and intimacy also brings healing. Rebekah comforted Isaac’s soul. Ecclesiastes 4:9 tells us that a couple is stronger than an individual. When one person falls, the partner can pick the other up. A spouse has the power to generate and restore psychological health or cause and inflict emotional trauma.
Sadly, the process has been reversed in today’s society. Jumping headfirst into intimacy and becoming lovestruck and infatuated does not produce the unity required for a couple to thrive. Neither does it promote mental health, but rather it causes heartbreak. We need God’s divine will and direction on how to choose our spouse. To ensure His promises materialize in our lives, we need to do it God’s way.
I hope this series was a blessing to you. Next week we will begin our new series on Genesis 25.
Enjoy your weekend!
Father, thank You for this beautiful example of love and intimacy. As I wait for my spouse, I will work hard, spend my private time being intimate with You, and meditating on Your promises. I will recognize my spouse as my equal and elevate them in my eyes and in the eyes of the public. I will become yoked and united with my spouse in spirit, soul, and body. I pray that my love for and intimacy with my spouse is healing to them. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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