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True Love Can Wait
By Brian Price 7/13/2013

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"9 And while he yet spake with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep; for she kept them.

10 And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother.

11 And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept.

12 And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's brother, and that he was Rebekah's son: and she ran and told her father.

13 And it came to pass, when Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sister's son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him, and kissed him, and brought him to his house. And he told Laban all these things.

14 And Laban said to him, Surely thou art my bone and my flesh. And he abode with him the space of a month.

15 And Laban said unto Jacob, Because thou art my brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me for nought? tell me, what shall thy wages be?

16 And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.

17 Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured.

18 And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.

19 And Laban said, It is better that I give her to thee, than that I should give her to another man: abide with me.

20 And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her." - Genesis 29:9-20

We read here in Genesis chapter 29 about Jacob's first encounter with Rachel. Jacob had been fleeing from his own house to avoid being killed by his brother Esau, and after being instructed by his father to take a wife from his mother's family, Jacob finally came to the place where his mother had grown up which now belonged to her brother Laban.

When Jacob arrived in Padanaram, he enquired of the shepherds if they knew Laban and where he was. They informed him that they knew him, and that Rachel his daughter was coming with the sheep.

After watering the sheep for Rachel, he told Rachel who he was, and that he was her relative. She then ran to her father Laban and told him about Jacob. After asking Jacob what his desired wages would be, Jacob told Laban that he would serve him for his younger daughter Rachel.

According to the Bible, Rachel was beautiful and well favored. So we can imagine how it could have been so easy for Jacob to fall in love with her.

The Bible goes on to say in verse 20 that he served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.

Now seven years is a long time to be engaged. According to one statistic, the average length of engagement is only about 15 months*, or a little over a year. But Jacob was engaged to Rachel for seven years! She must have really been beautiful for him to wait that long for her.

* Average Length Of Engagement Time -- The Wedding Report

Most of us would probably not wait that long for our spouse. I think most of us would likely give up waiting after about 2 years. After all, 7 years is long enough for a young woman to get her Master's degree in college. Who would want to wait for his bride to finish school before getting married? Most men would likely opt out of such an engagement.

But not Jacob. Why was Jacob so persistent? Why did he work for such an awful employer like Laban for 7 long, agonizing years just to be with Rachel?

I'll tell you why. Love. That's why. He loved Rachel.

You see, the key ingredient to any marriage is love. No marriage will last without it. If at least one person in the marriage is not committed to loving that other person, then that marriage is doomed for failure.

The Bible does not say whether or not Rachel loved Jacob. For all we know, she could have cared less. Perhaps she was too busy with other things to be concerned about being married to Jacob. There's really no telling.

But one thing is certain, Jacob loved Rachel.

The Bible says in Ephesians chapter 5:

"25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband."

You see, the way Jesus loved us is that he gave his life for us (that is, the church). This was the exact same way that Jacob loved Rachel. He literally gave himself for that girl and waited seven long years to be with her. He could have easily walked away from that engagement to be with someone less demanding. But he loved Rachel. I am sure that Jacob remembered his father telling him to not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan.

As you may already know, the daughters of Canaan were notorious idolators and fornicators. They had no idea what it was like to be a good, godly wife. Jacob knew that if he were to marry one of those women, his life would have been a living hell. Who knows what kind of future he would have had. He perhaps would have battled all sorts of things had he married a daughter of Canaan: cheating, lying, and maybe even seduction to forsake the God he loved and served.

As far as Jacob knew, Rachel was his best option. She was a virgin, beautiful, and perhaps even a believer like him. For Jacob, serving seven years really did not seem like a long time. In fact, the Bible says that they seemed to him like just a few days. That's true love.

Love waits, does it not? Waiting is by no means easy. I mean, look at how long he had to wait. But for him, the reward of having Rachel as his wife was well worth the wait.

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