It would be most natural for me to comment on the Abraham/Isaac situation that comes about in this portion of reading, so I'd like to instead look at one partial sentence 24:67, "she became his wife and he loved her." I think our culture defines love a lot differently than Isaac defined love. In our culture love is built on attraction, and in the culture of Genesis love was built on commitment. How is it that Isaac was able to love Rebekah even though he had never met her before? We do learn that Rebekah was attractive, but didn't they need to spend time finding out if they were compatible? The Bible seems to indicate that that did not happen. Apparently love comes down to a decision to be committed to another person more than it comes down to some level of attraction or even compatibility. I wonder how our world would be different if we saw love as commitment.
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.