Summary: The husband's love for his wife ought to be the same kind of love that Jesus has for the church.
GENESIS 29:15-20 “WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN WITH ALL HIS HEART”
A) I read about a young man that proposed to his girl as they sat looking over the beautiful
lake ... “Darling, I want you to know that I love you more than anything else in the world.”
* “I want you to marry me ... I’m not wealthy ... I’m not rich ... I don’t have a yacht or a Rolls
Royce like Johnny Green, but I do love you with all my heart.”
* She thought for a minute and then replied, “I love you with all my heart, too, but tell me
more about Johnny Green.”
B) What does it mean to love your wife or husband with all your heart?
* The Bible gives us an example in Eph. 5:25 “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also
loved the church, and gave himself for it.”
* Col. 3:19 “Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.”
C) To love your spouse with all your heart is to love as Christ loved.
* The love that Christ has for us is the heavenly example of loving our spouses with all our heart.
* His love for us is an unconditional, undeniable, and unending love.
D) In our text we see a human example of loving someone with all your heart.
* We see the love that Jacob had for Rachel ... If there ever was a man that loved a woman with
all his heart, it was Jacob.
E) This is one of the great love stories of the Bible.
* The love that Jacob had for Rachel was an example of the love Christ had for His Church.
* The love that Jacob had for Rachel is the kind of love that should exist between a husband
and a wife.
F) Jacob’s love for Rachel reminds us of certain qualities that will exist when a man loves a
woman with all his heart.
* Let’s learn about the kind of love that ought to exist in a marriage from the example of Jacob’s
love for Rachel ... First, we see:
(1) THE ATTRACTION HE PORTRAYED * Notice v.1 “Then Jacob went on .......”
A) The words “went on his journey” literally means “lifted up his feet.”
* He had just met the Lord and there was a spring in his step ... The burden of sin had been lifted
and he was a happy soul.
* v.2-3 – As he journeys, he comes upon a well and group of shepherds and their flocks.
* He strikes up a conversation with them – v.4-6.
B) Jacob asks, “Where you fellows from?” ... They replied, “From Haran.”
* “From Haran,” Jacob says ... “Do you know a fellow by the name of Laban?”
* “Yes, we know him.” ... “How’s he doing?” ... “He’s doing well ... As a matter of fact here
comes his daughter now with her father’s flock.”
* Notice v.10 “And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban .......”
C) The idea behind the word “saw” is to “gaze.” ... When Jacob saw Rachel he was hooked.
* He was immediately bitten by the love bug ... He just stood there gazing at her.
* When she drew near the well to water the flock, starry-eyed Jacob walked up and said,