The God of Romance
Series: Counterfeit Gods
July 06, 2022
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The God of Romance
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Life was never meant to be all about romantic love.
An idolatrous attachment can lead us to break any promise, rationalize any indiscretion, or betray any other allegiance, in order to hold on to it.
15 Then Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?” 16 Now Laban had two daughters. The name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 Leah’s eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful in form and appearance. 18 Jacob loved Rachel. And he said, “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.” 19 Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to any other man; stay with me.” 20 So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her. (Gen. 29:15-20)
Jacob was looking to Rachael to be his redeemer.
II. Jacob’s idolatry of Rachel created decades of misery in his family, as he adored and favored Rachel and her sons over Leah and her sons.
30 he (Jacob) loved Rachel more than Leah, and served Laban for another seven years. 31 When the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren. 32 And Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben, for she said, “Because the Lord has looked upon my affliction; for now my husband will love me.” 33 She conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Because the Lord has heard that I am hated, he has given me this son also.” And she called his name Simeon. 34 Again she conceived and bore a son, and said, “Now this time my husband will be attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” Therefore his name was called Levi. 35 And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, “This time I will praise the Lord.” Therefore she called his name Judah. Then she ceased bearing. (Gen. 29:30-35)
III. Like all idols, the god of romantic love promises big, but pays off in pain.
The void in the human heart is God-shaped, not mate-shaped.
Do you look to someone other than God to complete you or define your life?
Has your relationship with a life partner replaced the relationship you have with God
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