Do you recall your "first kiss"? You know the first kiss with the person you absolutely loved!?!? In my reading today in Genesis 29, I came across a first kiss. It didn't seem to turn out quite as expected. You see, I always envision first kisses as romantic adventures during which time stands still and all the world seems to be right.
It didn't quite happen that way with Jacob. He has been instructed by Isaac (his father) to go find a wife - and preferrably not one from Canaan. Isaac further instructs him to go to Rebekah's brother's house (Laban) and find a wife there. So Jacob sets out. It no doubt was a taxing journey - and he undoubtedly experienced many things. He arrives at a well when Rachel - the farm girl - (well, actually scripture calls her a "shepherdess"), shows up. She was drop-dead gorgeous... well, scripture says she was "beautiful of form and face". (that means drop-dead gorgeous to me). Anyway, in verse 11 the Bible says this: "...Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice and wept..." Talk about giving a girl a complex!
Why in the world did Jacob react this way to this tender moment... this "first kiss"? Perhaps he was homesick and missed mom? I could see that, I guess...but he was kissing a beautiful girl! Was he just overwhelmed by the whole thing in finding someone so beautiful, so right that he just couldn't hold it in? I don't know!
What do you think? Drop a line and let me know what you think about this strange "first kiss".
God's word is full of fascinating stories and principles that will absolutely change your life... even your love life! Get in it and search its pages!
God bless, and please pass the creamer...