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  • Scott Dooley: This isConnect with Skip Heitzig.
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  • Welcome to today's program ina very practical new series
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  • titled, "Smart Home."
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  • This is Scott Dooley, your host.
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  • Stand by for a teaching you cantake home and make a difference.
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  • Perhaps we should stop imagininga better home life
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  • and start building one.
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  • Whether you're single and justsurveying the landscape,
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  • married and mediating theman-cave versus the she-shed,
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  • or rebuilding your homeafter significant loss,
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  • God has a blueprint for you.
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  • No home is beyond repair, sojoin Skip Heitzig as we explore
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  • the interesting topic, "GetPrequalified Finding a Mate."
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  • Pastor Skip Heitzig: Mike Driggsand Pam Sears went out
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  • for a dinner date.
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  • They're both from ColoradoSprings, and he wanted to go to
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  • a restaurant out of town.
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  • So they were driving, he gotlost and ran out of gas.
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  • I mean, legitimatelyran out of gas.
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  • So now the couple on their datehave to walk two miles
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  • from their stalled vehicle to agas station to get a gas can
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  • to hitch a ride back with a towtruck driver to their vehicle.
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  • Romantic, right?
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  • When they get back totheir vehicle they make
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  • the astonishing discovery thatthe vehicle doesn't exist,
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  • it has been stolen.
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  • It gets more romantic.
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  • Now they got to go back to thegas station, call the police,
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  • police show up 45 minutes later,it takes two hours to complete
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  • the police report.
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  • So they're well into theevening, Mike is undaunted,
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  • we're goin' on a dinner date,he says.
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  • So they take a 20-dollar cabride to the regional airport to
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  • a rental car agency, rent a car,and drive to dinner.
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  • After dinner, when they'rewalking out of the restaurant,
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  • Mike is informed that the valetwho parked the car accidentally
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  • backed the car upinto a guardrail.
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  • So now it's a damagedrental car.
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  • So to make matters worse, asMike is driving Pam back home
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  • after dinner with his damagedrental car, he gets pulled over
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  • by a police officer and getsticketed because the brake
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  • lights don't work becausethe valet backed the car
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  • into a guardrail.
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  • So when they arrive to her houseshe feels so bad she says, look,
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  • come in for a few minutesand decompress.
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  • So when Mike opens her frontdoor, Pam's German Shepherd is
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  • on the other side of the door,lunges at Mike, bites him in
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  • the arm, he gets 18 stitches inthe local emergency room,
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  • and now it's one o'clockin the morning.
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  • True story, right?
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  • So this is like the worst dateyou've ever heard of.
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  • The outcome of that date is thatMike got a job with the car
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  • rental agency and Pamended up dating
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  • the emergency room intern.
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  • That's just a bad date.
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  • When you think about it, Adamhad it pretty easy, right?
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  • There's only one gal, and Godcreated the gal, and the Bible
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  • says, the Lord brought the womanto the man.
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  • Don't we wish?
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  • You just get a knock on thedoor, special delivery from God!
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  • Here's the package.
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  • But that doesn't happen to us,we go through a process
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  • we call dating.
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  • Just curious, how many of youare single, would you raise
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  • your hand?
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  • Don't be, raise 'em up high,c'mon, be happy about that.
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  • Now keep 'em up, keep 'em up,keep 'em up, keep 'em up,
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  • keep 'em up, keep 'em up,keep 'em up!
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  • Now look around, quick!
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  • Look around, find outwho's available now!
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  • There you go!
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  • See, I helped you outa little bit there!
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  • [laughter]
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  • Did you know that dating is arelatively new practice?
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  • It's only about a century old,just over 100 years.
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  • Before dating as we know it inWestern culture, the interaction
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  • between male and femalewas highly regulated.
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  • There were rules for physicalcontact, there was the use
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  • of chaperones on dates,and marriages were arranged.
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  • Now we live in a dating culture,but dating, it seems like,
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  • from my perspective, has gottena little more complicated
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  • over the years.
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  • And add to the complicationsof a next generation, what is
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  • the phenomenon of online dating.
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  • A number of sources likematch.com, zoosk.com, OKCupid,
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  • and many others.
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  • And there's even a niche forChristian online websites,
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  • eharmony.com,christianmingle.com.
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  • These are very popular.
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  • In fact, 40% of singles havedated someone they met online.
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  • Now that's significant, becausethat's opposed to about 25%
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  • who date because they've beenintroduced by friends.
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  • So the statistic of onlinedating is going sky-high.
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  • And I've met people, I havefriends, who have dated
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  • and gotten married becauseof an online Christian site
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  • very successfully.
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  • I don't really care how the Lordbrings the woman to the man,
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  • I care that the Lord bringsthe woman to the man.
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  • So there's a number of options.
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  • Now when you turn to the Bible,you discover that the Bible
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  • really doesn't talk aboutdating.
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  • There's no dating text, there'snothing like, thou shalt not
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  • date, or this is howthou shalt date.
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  • I also understand that there isa movement against dating
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  • that has arisenfrom some churches.
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  • Some Christians feel stronglyagainst dating and so they want
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  • to kinda go backwards, just alittle bit, to a different way
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  • of doing it, they call acourtship, where it's a little
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  • more regulated, offers a littlemore structure.
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  • And to even complicate thingsfurther, there's now something
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  • called dortship, I kid you not,it is a hybrid combination
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  • of dating and courting.
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  • Are you dating?
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  • Are you courting?
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  • No, we're dorting.
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  • [laughter]
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  • Now I really can't tell you whatthat is, I just read about it.
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  • In the old ways of doing things,the biblical standards,
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  • marriages were arrangedby parents.
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  • Usually dads would talk to otherdads, they would agree,
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  • my little girl's a perfect matchfor your little boy,
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  • a dowry would be given.
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  • And today in Arab cultures,to this day these things are
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  • agreed upon like this.
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  • And in that culture, it's sealedwith a cup of coffee.
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  • At least they got thatpart right.
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  • [laughter]
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  • They sealed the dealover a cup of coffee.
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  • Now what we're gonna do is lookat some texts in the Bible,
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  • Genesis 24 and 29, they're notdating texts per se, but we do
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  • find examples of people who areengaged in the process of
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  • finding a mate, securing a mate.
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  • And one is named Isaac and theother is named Jacob.
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  • And we're gonna look at someprinciples that emerge as we go
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  • through this text.
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  • We're building a smart home,remember?
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  • And I think you'll all agreethat it begins here.
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  • A smart home comesfrom smart dating.
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  • So let's look at some of theseprinciples and we'll begin
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  • in Genesis 24.
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  • And the first principle,let's call it prequalifying
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  • for the home.
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  • These are prequalificationprinciples.
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  • Number one is separation.
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  • Separation.
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  • So in Genesis 24, Abrahamfigures out that it's time
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  • for his son to get married.
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  • So he does what any dad woulddo, he sends a matchmaker
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  • to find a wife.
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  • The matchmaker happens to be theeldest servant in the household,
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  • we come to find out his name isEliezer, and he sends him out.
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  • Now to us that soundspretty goofy.
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  • You're thinking, are we gonnatrust somebody's marital future
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  • to a third party?
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  • Well, I guess it depends who itis, because from my perspective,
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  • judging from what I can seetoday with the divorce rate,
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  • we're not doin' a better jobof it than they did.
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  • In fact, I would say,even a worst job of it.
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  • But anyway, back to the text.
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  • In verse 3 of Genesis 24,Abraham is commissioning
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  • his servant, and he says, "And Iwill make you swear by the Lord,
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  • the God of heaven and the God ofthe earth, that you will not
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  • take a wife for my son from thedaughters of the Canaanites,
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  • among whom I dwell, but you willgo to my country and
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  • to my family, and take a wifefor my son, Isaac.
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  • And the servant said to him,perhaps the woman will not be
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  • willing to follow meto this land.
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  • Must I take your son back to theland from which you came?
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  • But Abraham said to him,beware that you do not
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  • take my son back there."
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  • It's pretty obvious, Abrahamdoes not want his son
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  • marrying a Canaanite.
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  • No Canaanite chicks for my son.
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  • Because their value system,their belief system, was not
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  • part of the covenant that Godmade with Abraham
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  • and his offspring.
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  • So he doesn't want a Canaaniteto marry his son, he does not
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  • want his son to go backto the old country
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  • and get sort of taintedwith that religious system.
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  • So it's the principle of, you goback and you bring her back.
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  • And she has to understandcertain things to fit
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  • into this covenant.
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  • This is a principleof separation.
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  • It is best articulated inthe New Testament book
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  • of 2 Corinthians 6 where Paulwrites, "Do not be unequally
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  • yoked togetherwith unbelievers."
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  • Now I know that that text isprimarily being written
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  • to Christians of Corinth toseparate from the false teachers
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  • that were part of thatcommunity.
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  • But the principle applies.
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  • Do not be unequally yokedtogether with unbelievers.
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  • One translation says,"Stop forming intimate
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  • and inconsistent relationshipswith unbelievers."
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  • The illustration that Paul usesis from farming.
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  • To be yoked is a farming term.
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  • A farmer would find two animalsthat he could put a yoke around
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  • because they had to pull a plow.
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  • So a farmer would pick twoanimals that were suitable
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  • for each other.
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  • For instance, he's not gonnapick an ox and a pony, he's
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  • gonna get two animals of thesame species of the same size,
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  • strength, temperament, why?
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  • Because they need to pull theplow in the same direction
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  • to get the work done.
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  • If he gets wrong or mis-matedanimals, they're gonna pull
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  • in opposite directions.
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  • So it's an illustration we canbring into marriage.
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  • In marriage it's the yokingtogether of two people,
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  • and they should be goingin the same direction.
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  • Believers and unbelievers arenot going in the same direction.
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  • They have opposing masters, theyhave opposing worldviews, they
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  • have opposing sources of wisdom,they have opposing aims in life.
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  • And most significantly, theyhave opposing eternal destinies.
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  • So I would ask a young girl,why are you dating
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  • that non-Christian guy?
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  • What in the world do you havein common?
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  • Well, we both like jazz.
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  • Okay, but you better go deeperthan that.
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  • Life is going to be, for them,one big tug of war.
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  • They're never gonna be able topull the plow, so to speak,
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  • do the Lord's work.
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  • This is the reason why Paul, in1 Corinthians 7, tells Christian
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  • widows who have lost theirhusbands and want to remarry,
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  • says by all means remarry but,listen to his words,
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  • only in the Lord.
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  • Only in the Lord.
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  • You see, if a child of Godmarries a child of the devil,
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  • they're going to have problemswith their in-laws.
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  • So you want to get them matched,mated, separated
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  • under the same covenant.
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  • Now there's somethinginteresting, before we move
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  • on to the second.
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  • There is the presence of anotherparty in this relationship,
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  • and that is the servantwho chooses the girl.
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  • He is invited in, he takes partin the process.
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  • And that's because in those daysmarriage,
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  • courtship and marriage,was not a private matter.
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  • It was a family matterin those days.
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  • In fact, it was a communitymatter.
  • 00:13:08.136 --> 00:13:11.372
  • So when people date, they firstneed to take a step toward God,
  • 00:13:11.406 --> 00:13:18.079
  • and then a step toward others.
  • 00:13:18.112 --> 00:13:20.181
  • Let me explain that.
  • 00:13:20.215 --> 00:13:21.683
  • You first take a steptoward God.
  • 00:13:21.716 --> 00:13:23.184
  • I'm separated unto God.
  • 00:13:23.218 --> 00:13:24.886
  • Unless the Lord builds a housethey labor in vain who build it.
  • 00:13:24.919 --> 00:13:29.324
  • You're to love the Lord your Godwith all your heart, mind, soul,
  • 00:13:29.357 --> 00:13:31.826
  • and strength.
  • 00:13:31.860 --> 00:13:33.528
  • You won't be able to loveanother person well if you don't
  • 00:13:33.561 --> 00:13:36.164
  • love the Lord more.
  • 00:13:36.197 --> 00:13:38.099
  • That's where you start,it's a step toward God.
  • 00:13:38.132 --> 00:13:40.835
  • Second, there's a steptoward other people.
  • 00:13:40.869 --> 00:13:44.072
  • You want to lean hard on peoplewho know you best, who love you
  • 00:13:44.105 --> 00:13:48.610
  • most, and who will tell youwhen you're wrong.
  • 00:13:48.643 --> 00:13:52.547
  • You don't want to exclude them,you want to include them.
  • 00:13:52.580 --> 00:13:55.350
  • You wanna invite othersinto the relationship.
  • 00:13:55.383 --> 00:13:58.419
  • Couples need honest, courageouspeople who, if there's
  • 00:13:58.453 --> 00:14:03.625
  • a problem, won't be afraidto tell them that.
  • 00:14:03.658 --> 00:14:06.127
  • And here's why.
  • 00:14:06.160 --> 00:14:08.062
  • Because dating, this modernconcept that we've been engaged
  • 00:14:08.096 --> 00:14:11.566
  • in a century or so, dating byits very nature is isolating.
  • 00:14:11.599 --> 00:14:18.006
  • A boyfriend and a girlfriendisolate with each other,
  • 00:14:18.039 --> 00:14:22.076
  • they get closer to each other,and in getting closer to each
  • 00:14:22.110 --> 00:14:25.113
  • other they grow further awayfrom other people that were
  • 00:14:25.146 --> 00:14:29.851
  • at one time very, verysignificant in their lives.
  • 00:14:29.884 --> 00:14:33.855
  • Further away from friends,further away from family, and so
  • 00:14:33.888 --> 00:14:37.025
  • they spend less time with thevery people who could speak
  • 00:14:37.058 --> 00:14:41.362
  • into that relationship.
  • 00:14:41.396 --> 00:14:43.231
  • And it's an importantaccountability.
  • 00:14:43.264 --> 00:14:45.900
  • So separation.
  • 00:14:45.934 --> 00:14:47.235
  • Let's go onto the secondprequalification, supplication.
  • 00:14:47.268 --> 00:14:51.239
  • Fancy word for prayer.
  • 00:14:51.272 --> 00:14:53.942
  • They prayed.
  • 00:14:53.975 --> 00:14:55.310
  • And throughout this wholechapter it's bathed in prayer.
  • 00:14:55.343 --> 00:14:59.347
  • But I want you to notice,a very strange prayer.
  • 00:14:59.380 --> 00:15:04.686
  • Verse 12.
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  • This is now the servantcommissioned to find the mate.
  • 00:15:06.621 --> 00:15:10.391
  • Verse 12.
  • 00:15:10.425 --> 00:15:11.726
  • "Then he said, O Lord God of mymaster Abraham, please give me
  • 00:15:11.759 --> 00:15:15.163
  • success this day, and showkindness to my master Abraham.
  • 00:15:15.196 --> 00:15:19.934
  • Behold, here I stand by the wellof water, and the daughters
  • 00:15:19.968 --> 00:15:23.805
  • of the men of the city arecoming out to draw water.
  • 00:15:23.838 --> 00:15:26.908
  • Now let it be that the youngwoman to whom I say, please
  • 00:15:26.941 --> 00:15:31.846
  • let down your pitcher that I maydrink, and she says, drink,
  • 00:15:31.879 --> 00:15:35.683
  • and I will also give your camelsa drink, let her be the one
  • 00:15:35.717 --> 00:15:39.520
  • that you have appointedfor your servant Isaac.
  • 00:15:39.554 --> 00:15:42.156
  • By this I will know that youhave shown kindness
  • 00:15:42.190 --> 00:15:45.593
  • to my master."
  • 00:15:45.626 --> 00:15:46.961
  • Now I know you're thinking,oh come on,
  • 00:15:46.995 --> 00:15:50.131
  • that's never gonna happen.
  • 00:15:50.164 --> 00:15:52.300
  • But look at the next verse.
  • 00:15:52.333 --> 00:15:53.634
  • "And it happened.
  • 00:15:53.668 --> 00:15:56.771
  • Before he had finished speaking,that behold, Rebekah, who was
  • 00:15:56.804 --> 00:15:59.874
  • born to Bethuel, the son ofMilcah, the wife of Nahor,
  • 00:15:59.907 --> 00:16:03.111
  • Abraham's brother, came out withher pitcher on her shoulder.
  • 00:16:03.144 --> 00:16:06.981
  • The young woman was verybeautiful to behold."
  • 00:16:07.015 --> 00:16:10.485
  • Check.
  • 00:16:10.518 --> 00:16:12.453
  • "A virgin, no man had known her.
  • 00:16:12.487 --> 00:16:15.790
  • She went down to the well,filled her pitcher, came up.
  • 00:16:15.823 --> 00:16:18.860
  • Servant ran out to meet herand said, please let me drink
  • 00:16:18.893 --> 00:16:22.864
  • a little waterfrom your pitcher.
  • 00:16:22.897 --> 00:16:25.299
  • So she said, drink, my lord.
  • 00:16:25.333 --> 00:16:26.768
  • Then she quickly let her pitcherdown to her hand, and gave him
  • 00:16:26.801 --> 00:16:29.670
  • a drink.
  • 00:16:29.704 --> 00:16:31.072
  • And when she had finished givinghim a drink, she said, I will
  • 00:16:31.105 --> 00:16:34.842
  • draw water for your camels also,until they have
  • 00:16:34.876 --> 00:16:38.679
  • finished drinking."
  • 00:16:38.713 --> 00:16:40.014
  • Now at this point that'swhen all that [sings] music
  • 00:16:40.048 --> 00:16:41.949
  • came into his little head,like, wow, this is
  • 00:16:41.983 --> 00:16:44.852
  • really happening.
  • 00:16:44.886 --> 00:16:48.956
  • "Then she quickly emptied herpitcher into the trough, ran
  • 00:16:48.990 --> 00:16:51.359
  • back to the well to draw water,and drew for all his camels.
  • 00:16:51.392 --> 00:16:55.463
  • And the man, wondering at her,remained silent so as to know
  • 00:16:55.496 --> 00:17:01.502
  • whether the Lord had made hisjourney prosperous or not."
  • 00:17:01.536 --> 00:17:07.608
  • Now this is an unusual prayer,right?
  • 00:17:07.642 --> 00:17:09.710
  • Because it's answered beforehe can even say, amen.
  • 00:17:09.744 --> 00:17:13.915
  • Boom, she shows up.
  • 00:17:13.948 --> 00:17:15.750
  • And he's goin', no way.
  • 00:17:15.783 --> 00:17:17.085
  • And God's saying, way.
  • 00:17:17.118 --> 00:17:18.453
  • [laughter]
  • 00:17:18.486 --> 00:17:21.122
  • So the whole chapter begins,essentially, in prayer
  • 00:17:21.155 --> 00:17:25.093
  • when Abraham places his servantunder an oath before God
  • 00:17:25.126 --> 00:17:29.464
  • to do something.
  • 00:17:29.497 --> 00:17:30.832
  • It continues in prayer as thisservant prays for success.
  • 00:17:30.865 --> 00:17:35.069
  • Then after the Lord answers hisprayer, we don't have time to
  • 00:17:35.103 --> 00:17:37.939
  • chase down all the verses, butin verse 26 and 27 he bows down,
  • 00:17:37.972 --> 00:17:42.510
  • he thanks God, he worships Godfor answering his first prayer,
  • 00:17:42.543 --> 00:17:47.248
  • and then the chapter closesin prayer.
  • 00:17:47.281 --> 00:17:49.917
  • Go down to verse 62.
  • 00:17:49.951 --> 00:17:52.520
  • This is a few months later,they're traveling hundreds
  • 00:17:52.553 --> 00:17:55.756
  • of miles back home for this girlto be introduced
  • 00:17:55.790 --> 00:17:58.292
  • to her future husband, Isaac.
  • 00:17:58.326 --> 00:18:01.095
  • Verse 62.
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  • "Now Isaac came from the wayof Beer Lahai Roi,
  • 00:18:02.830 --> 00:18:07.735
  • for he dwelt in the South.
  • 00:18:07.768 --> 00:18:10.138
  • And Isaac went out to meditatein the field in the evening,
  • 00:18:10.171 --> 00:18:14.075
  • and he lifted his eyesand looked, and there,
  • 00:18:14.108 --> 00:18:16.577
  • the camels were coming.
  • 00:18:16.611 --> 00:18:18.613
  • Here comes the bride.
  • 00:18:18.646 --> 00:18:19.947
  • Then Rebekah lifted up her eyes,and when she saw Isaac
  • 00:18:19.981 --> 00:18:22.950
  • she dismounted from her camel."
  • 00:18:22.984 --> 00:18:25.319
  • What I want you to noticein the text is
  • 00:18:25.353 --> 00:18:27.255
  • the single word meditate.
  • 00:18:27.288 --> 00:18:29.023
  • He was meditating in the field.
  • 00:18:29.056 --> 00:18:31.058
  • That doesn't mean his legs werecrossed, his arms were out like
  • 00:18:31.092 --> 00:18:33.561
  • this, goin' aaahm.
  • 00:18:33.594 --> 00:18:34.896
  • This is not transcendentalmeditation.
  • 00:18:34.929 --> 00:18:37.298
  • The word most rabbis believe,even the ancient targums
  • 00:18:37.331 --> 00:18:42.036
  • of Israel, the commentarieson the Scripture,
  • 00:18:42.069 --> 00:18:44.438
  • translate this word pray.
  • 00:18:44.472 --> 00:18:46.474
  • He was praying in the field.
  • 00:18:46.507 --> 00:18:48.643
  • Meditating could be translatedpraying.
  • 00:18:48.676 --> 00:18:50.678
  • The word means, to seek the Lordin solitude.
  • 00:18:50.711 --> 00:18:54.615
  • So the chapter has been bathedin prayer, the bride comes
  • 00:18:54.649 --> 00:18:58.152
  • on the scene, and there Isaac isin the field praying.
  • 00:18:58.186 --> 00:19:02.757
  • You go, why is he praying?
  • 00:19:02.790 --> 00:19:04.358
  • 'Cause he's getting married,that's why.
  • 00:19:04.392 --> 00:19:08.062
  • That's why he was praying.
  • 00:19:08.095 --> 00:19:09.730
  • He's gonna make a commitment,a life-long commitment,
  • 00:19:09.764 --> 00:19:14.402
  • that has lifelong ramifications.
  • 00:19:14.435 --> 00:19:16.204
  • You best be praying.
  • 00:19:16.237 --> 00:19:18.306
  • You best be inviting Godinto that relationship.
  • 00:19:18.339 --> 00:19:21.809
  • And he does.
  • 00:19:21.842 --> 00:19:23.678
  • He invites the Lord,and he is praying.
  • 00:19:23.711 --> 00:19:26.280
  • So if you're single, I hope youare praying regularly
  • 00:19:26.314 --> 00:19:31.819
  • for your spouse that you'regonna meet someday.
  • 00:19:31.852 --> 00:19:33.621
  • You're going, believe me, Skip,story of my life, I've been
  • 00:19:33.654 --> 00:19:35.923
  • praying for that guy for years,whoever it is,
  • 00:19:35.957 --> 00:19:39.160
  • I pray it every day.
  • 00:19:39.193 --> 00:19:40.861
  • Good, keep doing it!
  • 00:19:40.895 --> 00:19:42.230
  • If you have children, prayfor their future spouse.
  • 00:19:42.263 --> 00:19:44.465
  • I mean, if you have babies,day one, start praying
  • 00:19:44.498 --> 00:19:46.500
  • for their future spouse.
  • 00:19:46.534 --> 00:19:48.236
  • When our son was born weimmediately began praying for
  • 00:19:48.269 --> 00:19:51.973
  • his wife, who would be Janae, wedidn't know her, didn't know her
  • 00:19:52.006 --> 00:19:54.709
  • name, but we prayed for her wayin advance.
  • 00:19:54.742 --> 00:19:59.947
  • When you go out onyour first date together,
  • 00:19:59.981 --> 00:20:02.283
  • open it in prayer.
  • 00:20:02.316 --> 00:20:04.518
  • And the guys, lead it to say,hey, let's pray before
  • 00:20:04.552 --> 00:20:07.955
  • we go anywhere tonight.
  • 00:20:07.989 --> 00:20:09.657
  • First thing you do in the car,let's pray.
  • 00:20:09.690 --> 00:20:12.093
  • Or if he doesn't do it,then gals, remind him.
  • 00:20:12.126 --> 00:20:14.462
  • Hey, would you mind, can we praybefore we start this evening?
  • 00:20:14.495 --> 00:20:18.332
  • Now I'll tell you whatthat does.
  • 00:20:18.366 --> 00:20:19.667
  • It immediately raises the levelof the dating relationship
  • 00:20:19.700 --> 00:20:23.971
  • to a spiritual level.
  • 00:20:24.005 --> 00:20:25.339
  • It takes it from the physicalplane, how am I looking,
  • 00:20:25.373 --> 00:20:27.475
  • how am I doing, and raise it upto the best level.
  • 00:20:27.508 --> 00:20:29.710
  • [clapping]
  • 00:20:29.744 --> 00:20:32.179
  • And if you're looking for anice-breaker, this is it.
  • 00:20:32.213 --> 00:20:38.653
  • What do I say first?
  • 00:20:38.686 --> 00:20:40.021
  • How about, let's pray?
  • 00:20:40.054 --> 00:20:41.355
  • That'll break the ice.
  • 00:20:41.389 --> 00:20:42.723
  • Now if there's resistance,that's a red flag.
  • 00:20:42.757 --> 00:20:46.127
  • If she goes, I don't wantto pray.
  • 00:20:46.160 --> 00:20:50.264
  • Don't say, get out then.
  • 00:20:50.298 --> 00:20:51.999
  • [laughter]
  • 00:20:52.033 --> 00:20:56.370
  • But if there's resistance,that's a red flag.
  • 00:20:56.404 --> 00:20:58.339
  • You see, when a person prays,and you pray with somebody else,
  • 00:20:58.372 --> 00:21:01.642
  • you are getting insight intotheir relationship with God,
  • 00:21:01.676 --> 00:21:06.781
  • or not, immediately.
  • 00:21:06.814 --> 00:21:08.749
  • You're getting a read ontheir relationship with God.
  • 00:21:08.783 --> 00:21:12.453
  • So I think that's important.
  • 00:21:12.486 --> 00:21:14.488
  • In fact, I always ask engagedcouples, what role does God play
  • 00:21:14.522 --> 00:21:18.025
  • in your relationship?
  • 00:21:18.059 --> 00:21:19.560
  • It's a pretty standard,boilerplate question
  • 00:21:19.593 --> 00:21:22.163
  • for a pastor to ask.
  • 00:21:22.196 --> 00:21:23.564
  • I remember one time, years ago,I asked this of a couple, their
  • 00:21:23.597 --> 00:21:26.300
  • wedding was a Saturday, I hadmet with 'em, I was meeting with
  • 00:21:26.334 --> 00:21:29.537
  • them on a Friday, the day beforetheir wedding.
  • 00:21:29.570 --> 00:21:31.572
  • I suppose that they had gonethrough our classes and so
  • 00:21:31.605 --> 00:21:35.810
  • I asked the question, I said,what role does God play
  • 00:21:35.843 --> 00:21:39.113
  • in your relationship?
  • 00:21:39.146 --> 00:21:40.481
  • They looked at me likeI was a zombie.
  • 00:21:40.514 --> 00:21:41.816
  • They go, what?
  • 00:21:41.849 --> 00:21:44.719
  • Do you read the Bible ever,do you pray together?
  • 00:21:44.752 --> 00:21:49.523
  • What role does God play?
  • 00:21:49.557 --> 00:21:50.858
  • Can you just tell me how theLord has led your relationship?
  • 00:21:50.891 --> 00:21:52.960
  • And this gal, future bride,looked at me and she goes,
  • 00:21:52.993 --> 00:21:56.464
  • it's none of your business.
  • 00:21:56.497 --> 00:21:59.700
  • So I paused and I thought,how will I put this.
  • 00:21:59.734 --> 00:22:02.670
  • I said, okay, so you guys knowI'm a pastor, right?
  • 00:22:02.703 --> 00:22:10.044
  • And so you probably figured, I'mthinking, that pastors every now
  • 00:22:10.077 --> 00:22:14.281
  • and then like to talk about God,kind of a no-brainer.
  • 00:22:14.315 --> 00:22:20.755
  • So here's the pastor talkingto you about God.
  • 00:22:20.788 --> 00:22:25.693
  • What role does God play?
  • 00:22:25.726 --> 00:22:27.428
  • And she was infuriated,she got up and she walked
  • 00:22:27.461 --> 00:22:31.031
  • out of the room.
  • 00:22:31.065 --> 00:22:32.933
  • Well I did not feel comfortabledoing the wedding the next day,
  • 00:22:32.967 --> 00:22:36.704
  • so I didn't.
  • 00:22:36.737 --> 00:22:38.038
  • And I knew in-laws had come inand they had the party set and
  • 00:22:38.072 --> 00:22:39.840
  • it was set but we did not do ithere and I did not do
  • 00:22:39.874 --> 00:22:42.042
  • the wedding.
  • 00:22:42.076 --> 00:22:43.377
  • I don't know whatever happenedto them, but didn't happen here.
  • 00:22:43.411 --> 00:22:47.615
  • So there needs to be separation,there needs to be supplication.
  • 00:22:47.648 --> 00:22:53.354
  • Here's the third principle,selectivity.
  • 00:22:53.387 --> 00:22:56.690
  • Selectivity.
  • 00:22:56.724 --> 00:22:58.893
  • Now I want you to go over a fewchapters, I mentioned chapter 29
  • 00:22:58.926 --> 00:23:02.530
  • as well as 24, so go to theright a few blocks 'til you get
  • 00:23:02.563 --> 00:23:05.800
  • to chapter 29.
  • 00:23:05.833 --> 00:23:07.635
  • We're fast forwarding nowan entire generation.
  • 00:23:07.668 --> 00:23:12.273
  • This is now the next generation,the guy in play here is not
  • 00:23:12.306 --> 00:23:15.409
  • Isaac but Jacob.
  • 00:23:15.443 --> 00:23:17.812
  • Jacob is himself wife-hunting,it's the best way I can put it,
  • 00:23:17.845 --> 00:23:22.116
  • 'cause he didn't have a servantfindin' a wife for him.
  • 00:23:22.149 --> 00:23:24.752
  • He ran away from home sohe's kind of on his own.
  • 00:23:24.785 --> 00:23:27.021
  • He's wife-hunting.
  • 00:23:27.054 --> 00:23:28.756
  • And he comes to the old countryof his forefathers.
  • 00:23:28.789 --> 00:23:33.194
  • And I'm going to take you downto verse 9.
  • 00:23:33.227 --> 00:23:35.463
  • He's at the well as well.
  • 00:23:35.496 --> 00:23:38.833
  • He's there, that's sorta liketown central back in those days.
  • 00:23:38.866 --> 00:23:43.471
  • So, verse 9, "While he was stillspeaking with them," that is,
  • 00:23:43.504 --> 00:23:46.173
  • servants of Laban, "Rachel camewith her father's sheep,
  • 00:23:46.207 --> 00:23:52.680
  • for she was a shepherdess.
  • 00:23:52.713 --> 00:23:54.482
  • And it came to pass, when Jacobsaw Rachel the daughter of
  • 00:23:54.515 --> 00:23:58.219
  • Laban, his mother's brother, andthe sheep of Laban his mother's
  • 00:23:58.252 --> 00:24:02.122
  • brother, that Jacob went near,so he's kind of making the move
  • 00:24:02.156 --> 00:24:05.526
  • now, he's goin' close, androlled the stone away from the
  • 00:24:05.559 --> 00:24:09.029
  • well's mouth, getting a littlecloser, kind of like, hey,
  • 00:24:09.063 --> 00:24:11.398
  • let me take care of that foryou, and watered the flock
  • 00:24:11.432 --> 00:24:14.935
  • of Laban his mother's brother.
  • 00:24:14.969 --> 00:24:16.770
  • Then, watch this verse,then Jacob kissed Rachel."
  • 00:24:16.804 --> 00:24:21.442
  • That's pretty cool, right?
  • 00:24:21.475 --> 00:24:22.776
  • He's like getting real close toher, moving the stone away,
  • 00:24:22.810 --> 00:24:24.812
  • and now he's within strikingdistance.
  • 00:24:24.845 --> 00:24:26.780
  • So it's like he moves it awayand [makes kissing noice]
  • 00:24:26.814 --> 00:24:29.450
  • plants one right there,right by the well.
  • 00:24:29.483 --> 00:24:33.487
  • But the rest of the verse.
  • 00:24:33.521 --> 00:24:35.623
  • "Then Jacob kissed Rachel, andlifted up his voice and wept."
  • 00:24:35.656 --> 00:24:40.661
  • Now come on, you guys should beroaring in laughter right now,
  • 00:24:40.694 --> 00:24:43.197
  • because that is oneof the weirdest verses
  • 00:24:43.230 --> 00:24:45.332
  • in the whole Bible.
  • 00:24:45.366 --> 00:24:46.667
  • What guy kisses a girl,and then [makes crying noises].
  • 00:24:46.700 --> 00:24:50.070
  • What?
  • 00:24:50.104 --> 00:24:51.405
  • She's thinking, do I have badbreath, I need to go home?
  • 00:24:51.438 --> 00:24:56.010
  • That's just weird.
  • 00:24:56.043 --> 00:24:58.212
  • I don't know, it's a longjourney, hot sun.
  • 00:24:58.245 --> 00:25:00.347
  • He was the emotional type.
  • 00:25:00.381 --> 00:25:01.715
  • If you remember Jacob, he was akid who kinda like baked bread
  • 00:25:01.749 --> 00:25:04.618
  • with his mom and wasn'toutside much, I don't know
  • 00:25:04.652 --> 00:25:07.187
  • what the deal is.
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  • Maybe he's just weeping for joy.
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  • So in verse 15, go down a fewverses, "Laban said to Jacob,
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  • because you are my relative,should you therefore serve me
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  • for nothing?
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  • So he wants to hang around,he wants to be with this girl,
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  • and so he wants a job.
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  • So tell me, he says, what shouldyour wages be?
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  • Now Laban had two daughters.
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  • The name of the elder was Leah,the name of the younger
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  • was Rachel."
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  • That's the one he wants.
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  • He's selected her,he's picked her.
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  • "Leah's eyes were delicate,but Rachel was beautiful
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  • of form and appearance."
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Scott Dooley: I'm sure you'llwant to make plans to join us
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  • next time on Connect with SkipHeitzig, when we will continue
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  • in our Smart Home series.
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  • Now, here's Lenya Heitzig witha word about Skip's latest book.
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  • Lenya Heitzig: Hello everyone.
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  • I want to tell you aboutan important book
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