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Summary: This sermon shows us how love does some wonderful things in our lives


GENESIS 29:16-30

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.

21 And Jacob said unto Laban, Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in unto her.

22 And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast.

23 And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in unto her.

24 And Laban gave unto his daughter Leah Zilpah his maid for an handmaid.

25 And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me?

26 And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, F131 to give the younger before the firstborn.

27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.

28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.

29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.

30 And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years

In this text, we see a man who loved a woman.

And we see what he was willing to do to win her love.

He is certainly not the best example of how to love a woman.

However, there are some good lessons to be gained

from the events in the story of Jacob and Rachel.

This Bible story reminds me of another true love story.

It’s the story of David & Patricia.

They were both born at the old Jackson Hospital in Olney, Illinois.

Patricia was born in 1946…and David in 1948.

David and Patricia were both raised in Christian homes.

David grew up in Bone Gap…Patricia in the West Village area…

Of Edwards County.

Both went to Bone Gap Grade School.

Patricia was 3 grades ahead of David…

so they never were in the same class.

However, in High School, they did have the same study hall in 1964.

Now David had always thought Patricia was a cute girl in Grade School.

And now in high school, he thought she was a knockout.

There was just one problem.

David was just a Freshman…Patricia was a Senior.

No sense in asking her for a date.

Besides… she was already engaged to another guy.

Oh, well!

Patricia got married in 1964 and started raising a family.

David graduated from high school…then Wabash Valley College.

After serving in the Marine Corps…

David came back to Edwards County and resumed his career in radio.

Let’s fast forward now to the year 1975.

In May of that year, David’s wife packed up and left…

taking their 3 month old daughter with her.a

David was heartbroken.

In July of that same year…

Patricia’s husband died after battling kidney disease for several years.

David had moved back home with his parents in Bone Gap.

It just so happened that David had 4 tickets to a Cardinals baseball game.

He told his brother, Troy, to pick out 2 of his school buddies…

and they’d all go to the ballgame in St. Louis.

One of the 2 boys Troy picked…was Patricia’s oldest son Anthony.

Well, David and the 3 boys went to the game.

David took the boys down to the Cardinals dugout

where they met several star baseball players.

Anthony had taken his camera…

and David took several pictures of the 3 boys with baseball players.

When David took Anthony home that evening…

he asked Patricia if he could get copies of those pictures for the other boys.

She promised to call him when the pictures came back.

Sure enough! She called David within a few days.

He went out to Patricia’s house one evening after work.

David & Patricia sat down at the kitchen table to look at the pictures.

After selecting several prints to be copied…

David asked Patricia how she was doing.

She was still trying to adjust to life as a 28 year old widow with 2 boys.

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