Falling in love is as old as Bible days, so imagine where some of the most beautiful love stories to ever grace a book’s pages can be found.
3 ROMANTIC PICKS THAT WILL MAKE YOU LOOK TWICE
SEE LOVE IN A REFRESHING LIGHT!
1) JACOB + RACHEL: GOING TO THE CHAPEL
Well, sort of, eventually…
Will Jacob marry Rachel? Put this one on your summer must-read list. It’s a courtship packed with secrets, surprises, big sighs, twists, turns, and you will at some point mouth the words “Oh no, not again”. It’s well worth the read as the love between this husband and wife will pull your heartstrings in all the right directions.
Ooooh when Jacob first saw Rachel. It happened when he was on a journey and stopped at a well. Rachel was approaching the well with her father’s flock of sheep. The well had a large stone that normally took a group effort from a few shepherds to roll away. But as soon as Jacob saw the beautiful Rachel getting closer, he casually moseyed on over and single-handedly rolled the stone off the well (yep, check out those muscles), and don’t tell me Rachel wasn’t looking and that her heart didn’t skip a beat or two.
Jacob fell in love and knew that moment Rachel was The One for him. His determination to marry her became second to nothing you have ever seen or heard—I guarantee. He goes to the ends of earth for her and loves her from first sight until her death. Jacob and Rachel have an inspiring life to share as husband and wife.
Buuuut first… he will have to work a few deals. (Genesis 29)
2) SONG OF SOLOMON
Of course Song of Solomon makes the pick. Where are my manners? King Solomon was the wisest man ever in the world, he sincerely wanted to help his people, and he had a powerful presence. And if that isn’t enough to make a heart flutter, he wrote poetry.
The Song of Solomon is a love song from the early days of Solomon when he was a young king and loyal to God before he went too far into the world and squandered what God gave him. Solomon married many wives (and for all the wrong reasons), but the heroine in Song of Solomon is obviously cream-of-the-crop special. It’s hard not to be moved by how genuinely and deeply he loved her.
Song of Solomon 6:9 describes this rare woman. “My dove, my undefiled is but one; she is the only one of her mother, she is the choice one of her that bare her. The daughters saw her, and blessed her; yea, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her.”
This verse runs deep. When it’s read in our church, people get pretty excited about it!
Have fun reading this beautiful lyrical poem with its narrative, tone, allegories, and metaphors—all glorious and rich. It is truly a written piece of art. Enjoy!
3) BOAZ + RUTH SITTIN’ IN A FIELD
Ruth and Boaz’s love story opens in a grain field. Ruth was out there quietly doing her gleaning thing and caught Boaz’s eye. He noticed her straight away. Checking her out, he asked the reapers in charge, “Whose damsel is this?”
From this field grew the most undying love you’ll ever witness to date as Ruth began her wait for Boaz. Who can forget Boaz’s very first words to Ruth, “Hearest thou not, my daughter?” (Okay, maybe you had to be there.) From inside the story though, you can hear the warmth and compassion in his voice. Boaz was kind and watched out for Ruth and Naomi from the first day he saw them. He was a country man with wealth and influence, so it’s probably safe to assume he was quite a catch back in the day.
Boaz leaves us holding our breath a little while, but it becomes clear that he knows exactly what he’s doing and has everything under control. He had a solid relationship with God and was on point with loving Ruth, keeping her safe, and guarding her heart by letting her know his intentions.
Ruth’s journey of faith brought her to her future husband. Boaz brought redemption to Ruth. These last two sentences could be followed by a strand of exclamations because here is the line where we could cross into the true meaning, the type and shadow. But hey, I have to dangle something so you want to come hear more from the ministry (who are amazing in the Word, by the way). I’ve heard this lesson and believe me, our ministry teaches the book of Ruth like you’ve never heard and in a way that will open your eyes to an exciting picture you’ll wake up thinking about.
Just as Beautiful on the Inside
Ruth had beauty that could not be hidden. She exuded an inner peace and confidence that men are drawn to and women desire. (Come on, sisters, admit it, we grew up dreaming of this confident beauty.) Her radiance didn’t come from a skin care cream; it came from her trust in God. Ruth loved deeply and selflessly. She was fiercely loyal. Remember when she boldly declared to her mother-in-law that “Whither thou go, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.”?
Ruth could have stayed where she would have had a greater selection of suitors, but she put God first, and the Lord brought her to a relationship better than she could have ever found on her own. Boaz promised to do all that Ruth required. Her tender demeanor, modesty, faithfulness, and kindness were not lost on Boaz. Is it any wonder he noticed Ruth in his fields and fell hard in love? (Book of Ruth)
WORTH A SECOND LOOK
Underneath the surface of these stories lies a much nobler and more powerful message. The greatest love story is really not about Jacob, Rachel, Song of Solomon, Boaz, or Ruth at all, but rather how each one represents a symbolic truth and mirror of God’s relationship with us that carries a more profound meaning and unimaginable love.
Still, as love stories go, none have been written as beautifully as in God’s Word.
Hold those you love a little closer, but this weekend and Always, don’t forget the greatest love. The Bible is your personal love letter from God. Keep it safe in your heart and cling to it when you are weak. Let His words lift you up. Feel secure knowing He is yours and you are His. He will comfort you and never leave you. (It’s all in the letter.)
Sadly, some people never even open the letter or bother to read it.
Open your heart and Bible, and begin your love story with Jesus. You will find no greater love anywhere. You have nothing to lose and Everything to gain!
Feeling the Love
Happy Weekend! xx
P.S. What’s your favorite Bible love story? Leave your top pick in the comments!