Daily Lift – February 19, 2019

How Christ Loves the Church

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The Twenty-Ninth of Genesis tells us of Jacob meeting Rachel, his future wife, at a well where livestock were watered. Jacob accommodated Rachel by rolling the stone from the well’s mouth and, with a kiss, soon expressed his affection for the woman for whom he seems to have love at first sight. In order to obtain her as his wife, he agreed to work seven years for her father, Laban, though the latter substituted his elder daughter, Leah, and required Jacob to work another seven years for Rachel. Those first seven years were described as but a few days for the love Jacob had for Rachel. This and the Fifth of Ephesians indicate the ideal affection of a man for his wife. Men are taught to love their wives as Christ loved the Church and gave himself for it. Further, husbands are there taught to love their wives as their own bodies. By this we learn not only how to love a spouse but also how Christ loves the Church.

Written and voiced by David Hayes Prophater