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A Reason to Live Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67

A Reason to Live

A generation ago, the terrorists of Black September were given a reason to live, rather than die, when their leaders introduced them to a group of women from refugee camps willing to marry them for the cause. Since the time of Isaac and Rebekah, marriage has been working similar wonders.

[NOTE: The following material contains two stories: a fascinating account of how a terrorist organization was defused and the biblical account of a servant's quest for a wife for Isaac. The stories contrast with each other, rather than compare, for whereas in the first story, marriage -- in a sort of Augustinian sense -- is sought as a remedy for sin, in the second story, marriage is the outcome of the providence of a loving God. Learn the material well enough so that you can move away from the pulpit and into a storytelling mode, being careful to weave in the "preaching points" you'll find in the second story.]

The story of the search for and discovery of a bride for Isaac, son of Abraham and Sarah, is one of the most fascinating stories in all of literature. It is, perhaps, not only is the earliest account of an arranged marriage, but it is also a touching account of how God providentially brought Isaac and Rebekah together. But before we tell that story, let's go to a contemporary...

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