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"Love or Lust"

posted Sep 9, 2018, 2:31 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Sep 9, 2018, 2:31 PM ]
"And Jacob loved Rachel; and said,                                                                                                                     
I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter - - 
And Jacob served seven years for Rachel;         
                                                                                        and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had for her."
 - Genesis 29: 18, 20

          Esau rushes in from the field about to faint. He is exhausted from a day of hunting. The stress of the hunt has led Esau's request of his brother, Jacob, to fix him a meal as quickly as possible. Jacob seized the moment as an opportunity for his own gain; "Your birthright for a bowl of beans." So, Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of food.
        "Lust is the impatience of a desire," says Oswald Chambers. When one must possess something or else, he or she is lustful. The contrast between the love that Jacob had for Rachel, that cost him seven years, and the lust of Esau, who could not wait, is quite revealing. Patience is a virtue, while lust is the embodiment of selfishness. Jacob's love for Rachel was a controlled love, while Esau's "lust" exploded with the desire of NOW. Jacob's love said, "I can wait, it will be worth it." Esau's lust said, "I want it now, no matter what it cost!"
         Jesus spoke about the lust that evolved into adultery just by the look of wanting an illicit relationship (Matthew 5:28). The patience of love and the passion of lust battle each other. When love has run its course, there is satisfaction at the end. When lust has run its course, there will be sin - - Sin will never end well.
                September 02, 2018                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6