WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT LOVE (PART ONE)
SOUGHTOUT EMEKA MATTHEW
Genesis 25:28. It reads: “And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob”.
If you look at the scripture above, there is one word that is common in it. That word is LOVED.
Love is mentioned twice in the above scripture. That same love Isaac had for Esau and Rebekah for Jacob is same in meaning; but not same in the triggering factors.
Same word Hebrew that define love, lovest, lovely, etc is same word that define loved. And that word is ‘Ahab ‘âhêb or pronounced as Aw-hab’.
These words imply:
- Human love for another, includes family, and sexual
- Human appetite for objects such as food, drink, sleep, wisdom
- Human love for or to God.
- Act of being a friend, lover
- God’s love toward man, to individual, to men: i.e to people, to Israel, to righteousness.
So the above five definitions gives us view points on the subject love, lovest, lovely, and loved.
Back to the scripture of the day: Gen 25:28 And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.
Now if you look into the above scripture and the entire chapter, you can see that a wonderful family was blessed with a set of twins. Their names are Esau and Jacob, while their parent’s names are Isaac and Rebekah.
If you look at the scripture we read, you can see that Isaac, the head of the family loved Esau, while his wife Rebekah loved Jacob. But as you can see, this family is a divided family.
If you read Genesis 24:67, you can see that Isaac loved Rebekah. But this time, He had loved his son Esau.
Now note this!
Love is something good that if we don’t know how we handle it, it can create division in one’s home. Love is something we should be careful about so we don’t created enmity among family members. Love is something we should handle with care so we don’t practice favoritism in our homes and even in our work places
As we can see in this scenario, there is division in this sweet family of four. Isaac loved Esau and Rebekah loved Jacob.
Can you see that the separating factor here is the love each parent had for each twins. Isaac loved Easu….Rebekah loved Jacob.
Now, I will like to open your eyes to something you might not have heard or being taught about love and that centre on WHAT MAKES US TO LOVE. This I call, LOVE TRIGGERS!
Let’s revisit our text: Gen 25:28 And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison; but Rebekah loved Jacob.
If you look at these couple you can discover two ways to love. Isaac loved Esau because of what he gets from him. He loved his son because he did eat of his venison. Can you imagine that?
Isaac’s love for Esau was on the basis of his sons venison. So, tell me what happens when he don’t eat his son’s venison any more? The love will disappear like vapour. What a love!
When your love for God and for others is on the basis of what you get, such love, when it goes through test won’t last. This is the kind of love the world has. You are their favorite and their best as long as they benefits from you; but when what they need from you is no more there, that’s the time you’ll know they do not truly loves you.
But if you look at the love Rebekah had for Jacob, no condition was attached to it. She never loved Jacob for anything. She never loved the young man for what to get. Her love for him is God kind of love. God loves us without any condition. Jacob means supplanter yet his mom loved him.
Jacob means deceiver, yet he was loved by his mom.
The Bible says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”. Romans 5:8
That’s the love of God! That’s God kind of love.
Jesus took our curses for us to be blessed. Rebekah took Jacob’s curse for him to be blessed. Jacob said to his mom when she asked him to bring a sheep in his flocks for him to make venison for his father to eat and bless him. What of if my father discovered I wasn’t Esau and curse me, the mother said, may the curse be on her head.
Take note of this!
People who love for what to get always have blind eyes. Blind eyes like Isaac. They never know that they can easily be deceived like Isaac.
Isaac blessed Jacob even when he knew the voice was Jacob’s and the body was Esau’s. All because of what he wants to get. We have couple of people that loved for what to get.
Shechem was one of them. He loved Dinah, the only daughter of Jacob because of what he got from her and that was sex.
Genesis 34:1-3 says, “And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land. And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her. And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spake kindly unto the damsel.”
He never loved Dinah until he defiled her. That was what triggered his love for her. But unfortunately, his dream to get married to her never came through…. In fact, that act brought untimely death to him and their entire kingdom, see Genesis 34.
That’s the love of the world for you!
I want to draw the curtain by enjoining us not to love for what to get. We shouldn’t let personal benefit be our love trigger. We should love like Rebekah did.
We should love unconditionally. We should love the way God loves. Yes, there may be faults in our lives, but we should overlook such faults by seeing the glorious destinies God has for each of us like Rebekah saw in Jacob.
See your brother through the eye of potentials to become who God wants him or her to be and help such like Rebekah did to Jacob to become or locate the destiny God has for him and walk thereon. What happened at last, Isaac got disappointed in Esau because he never obeyed him anymore.
Esau had seen he loved him for what he gets from him and he never obey him. If he instructed that he don’t marry strange women, Esau will do that to provoke him. But time came he realized that but it was late. He started showing love to Jacob.
When he discovered Esau wanted to kill Jacob after his demise, he sent Jacob away. And instructed him where to go and where to marry and he adhered to that.
I will stop here at this point; but I will like you to take a little time and talk to God, ask that He shouldn’t let you make live in error. Tell God you won’t love like Isaac. Ask God to help you love like Rebekah, in Jesus name.
I pray for you today that the grace to love like Rebekah come upon you in Jesus name, Amen!
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