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Episode: “Love and Marriage”
Isaac and Rebekah’s meeting led to a loving relationship. Believers should remember that singleness and marriage are both gifts from God, and His ways are always best.
Series: “Faith for the Future”
Our Journey with the Patriarchs
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob displayed their faith in God by taking small steps and sometimes leaps of faith. Oftentimes, these actions dramatically altered the course of their lives, while redirecting them toward greater dependence on the Lord. In this ten part series, Dr. Jeffrey Seif takes us through strategic events in their lives while Dr. Barri Seif (Jeff’s wife) provides a personal perspective. This ten part series also includes discussions with David and Kirsten Hart as well as dramatic reenactments filmed in Israel.

Caption transcript for Faith for the Future: “Love and Marriage” (6/10)

  • 00:01 ♪♪♪
  • 00:03 David Hart: Welcome to "Our Jewish Roots."
  • 00:06 ♪♪♪
  • 00:12 David: "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for,
  • 00:15 the conviction of things not seen.
  • 00:18 For by it the men of old received divine approval."
  • 00:22 For whatever was written in former days was written for our
  • 00:25 instruction that through endurance and through the
  • 00:29 encouragement of the Scriptures, we might have hope.
  • 00:32 ♪♪♪
  • 00:36 David: "Faith for the Future:
  • 00:38 Our Journey with the Patriarchs."
  • 00:40 ♪♪♪
  • 00:43 David: We're so glad you've joined us today.
  • 00:45 I am David Hart.
  • 00:46 Kirsten Hart: I'm Kirsten Hart.
  • 00:48 Dr. Jeffrey Seif: And I am Jeffrey Seif, and we are on a
  • 00:50 journey with the patriarchs.
  • 00:53 Last week, we examined how Eliezer was dispatched to go
  • 00:58 find a wife for this promised son, and today, marriage.
  • 01:02 A happy program, yes?
  • 01:04 Kirsten: It is.
  • 01:06 It's kind of interesting, to me--and I'm gonna sound like
  • 01:08 such a modern woman--that neither Isaac nor Rebekah
  • 01:12 got to see each other before, like, "Here she is.
  • 01:16 Here's your wife. Here's your husband."
  • 01:18 I'm kind of glad I got to see you.
  • 01:19 David: I don't know if I could've done that.
  • 01:22 Kirsten: Surprised what they looked like.
  • 01:24 Jeffrey: Yes.
  • 01:26 Kirsten: But much, much more on that today in our program
  • 01:27 about this love story, right?
  • 01:29 David: Right.
  • 01:30 We could go to the drama right now about that love story, then
  • 01:32 Dr. Seif will be teaching.
  • 01:34 Let's go there now.
  • 01:35 ♪♪♪
  • 01:37 male narrator: The mission to Haran had been successful.
  • 01:40 Abraham's servant had found a beautiful wife for Isaac,
  • 01:43 named Rebekah.
  • 01:45 More importantly, they were leaving with the blessing of
  • 01:48 Rebekah's family.
  • 01:50 "Our sister," they said, "may you become the mother of
  • 01:54 thousands of ten thousands, and may your descendants possess
  • 01:59 the gates of their enemies."
  • 02:01 ♪♪♪
  • 02:05 Jeffrey: We have devoted a number of segments to this love
  • 02:10 story based on a belief that coming to terms with love
  • 02:14 correctly is so very, very important.
  • 02:19 Love in this world is in such high demand and such short
  • 02:22 supply, we wanted to land on some biblical text and take a
  • 02:26 look at the divine hand in the formulation of union.
  • 02:33 So very, very important.
  • 02:35 In the story here, as we're really winding down on the
  • 02:39 Rebekah-Isaac story--and as we do, by the way, you are going to
  • 02:43 hear from my better half in short order.
  • 02:45 Barri was particularly excited about this program.
  • 02:48 This is the boy-meets-girl story here, where they come together.
  • 02:54 Eliezer has gone off to Paddan-aram, Syria, and then he
  • 02:57 comes back to the Holy Land and brings Rivkah with him.
  • 03:03 Actually, the verse here in chapter 24, verse 61, we're told
  • 03:08 that she followed "acharai haish," that is,
  • 03:11 "after the man."
  • 03:14 And I wanna share a little anecdotal story associated
  • 03:18 with a woman who is following after a man.
  • 03:24 Now, here she's following Eliezer to go meet her
  • 03:27 "bashert," her flesh, her other half, Yitzhak.
  • 03:33 My wife loved this story, as I had said.
  • 03:36 I'm reminded of it, by the way, as Eliezer went to her family
  • 03:41 and sought permission to bring her on the journey.
  • 03:45 It reminded me when I went to Barri's family
  • 03:50 and asked for permission.
  • 03:52 Now, Barri was 62 years old.
  • 03:55 Her mother was 84, 85 at the time, and I didn't want to move
  • 04:02 without getting family permission.
  • 04:05 So I go up to Kansas City, and Mom is there and some brothers
  • 04:09 are there, and Mom is sick, actually.
  • 04:11 She's in the hospital.
  • 04:13 And I go and present myself.
  • 04:15 She's never met me.
  • 04:16 I'm looking for permission to marry her daughter.
  • 04:19 And typical Jewish mother, she says, "So why should I let my
  • 04:21 daughter marry you?"
  • 04:24 And I said, "Mom--" that's what I call her, "Mom."
  • 04:27 I says, "Mom, look, let me ask you a question."
  • 04:29 She said, "What's that?"
  • 04:30 I said, "How old is your daughter?"
  • 04:33 She said, "Sixty-two."
  • 04:35 I said, "How many men has she brought home in 62 years
  • 04:40 to you?"
  • 04:41 She said, "None."
  • 04:42 I said, "Sweetheart, take what you can get."
  • 04:45 Simple as that.
  • 04:48 I said, "You want a reason why?"
  • 04:49 She says, "Give me a reason why I should let my
  • 04:51 daughter marry you."
  • 04:52 I says, "I'll give you two reasons."
  • 04:54 She says, "What's that?"
  • 04:55 I says, "Number one, I have a job.
  • 04:56 Number two, I'm healthy." She said, "Take her."
  • 04:59 A little bit of Jewish humor there.
  • 05:00 But the point is I wanted to get permission from the home front,
  • 05:04 subsequent to which Barri followed me on the journey.
  • 05:09 I took her hundreds and hundreds of miles away.
  • 05:11 And, gentlemen, as we look at the story of the journey, you
  • 05:16 saw it depicted graphically in the drama, and I lighted upon
  • 05:19 the verse where, you know, Rebekah is following him.
  • 05:23 Gentlemen, gentlemen, if you're watching,
  • 05:26 please realize what we do.
  • 05:30 I liken it to a locomotive engine, this male, this
  • 05:34 powerful, driving locomotive engine, and then there's the
  • 05:40 woman, who's kind of like a caboose or a car that attaches
  • 05:43 onto it.
  • 05:45 All that energy, "woosh," it's gonna take her downstream
  • 05:47 somewhere.
  • 05:48 It's gonna take her someplace.
  • 05:50 And when women attach to the males of the species in this
  • 05:53 game called marriage.
  • 05:55 They really are taking a risk.
  • 05:57 They're gonna go down the track somewhere, and there's a certain
  • 06:01 amount of uncertainty with that where women, you know, deal with
  • 06:04 faith and uncertainty as they move forward.
  • 06:08 And, gentlemen, what we put these women through, you know,
  • 06:11 they marry us.
  • 06:12 They bear children.
  • 06:14 They lose their Coke-bottle figures.
  • 06:15 What we do to these women, I'm telling you, gentlemen,
  • 06:18 we need to be kind.
  • 06:23 There's a beautiful story here.
  • 06:26 When love gets it right, it's beautiful.
  • 06:29 When it goes sour, it's difficult.
  • 06:32 Look with me here at the story again.
  • 06:34 I don't wanna just talk about the text.
  • 06:36 I want you to hear from it.
  • 06:38 We're told in verse 59, "So they sent Rebekah off--" and there's
  • 06:45 a blessing here-- "and they blessed Rebekah," I'm gonna be
  • 06:49 doing a wedding in short order, and I was asked to give a
  • 06:53 blessing, and the blessing is "Our sister, may you become
  • 06:59 thousands of ten thousands, and may your seed possess the gate."
  • 07:06 You know, may those who come forth from you be strong, in
  • 07:11 Hebrew, "hazaq."
  • 07:13 Now, there already is a divine destiny associated with Abraham
  • 07:17 and Isaac.
  • 07:18 She's invited as a participant in that, as a recipient of that,
  • 07:23 subsequent to which then finally, in verse 61, "She got
  • 07:26 up," and as I'd said, "she followed 'acharai haish,' she
  • 07:32 went after the man."
  • 07:35 Oh, it's a beautiful story, and here's one of a woman walking by
  • 07:39 faith, and because she did, she left her imprint on biblical
  • 07:44 history.
  • 07:48 announcer: Our resource this week, "A Christian Love Story"
  • 07:51 booklet and CD.
  • 07:53 Read and listen along to the beautiful story of the wedding
  • 07:56 customs of Israel in Messiah's time and how he fulfilled these
  • 08:00 traditions, calling out his bride, the church, a striking
  • 08:05 and inspiring example of scriptural logic and elegance.
  • 08:09 Contact us and ask for "A Christian Love Story"
  • 08:13 booklet and CD.
  • 08:16 ♪♪♪
  • 08:22 ♪ Sha'alu Shalom Yerushalayim. ♪
  • 08:25 ♪ Sha'alu, Sha'alu, Shalom. ♪
  • 08:29 ♪ For the holy city of Jerusalem, ♪
  • 08:36 ♪ we will pray for peace, ♪
  • 08:40 ♪ Sha'alu, Shalom. ♪
  • 08:48 ♪ Shalom. ♪♪
  • 08:54 David: We've heard from so many people on our tour bus
  • 08:56 that--testimonials of their miracle of being able to come to
  • 09:00 Israel, people who didn't think in their lifetime that they
  • 09:03 would be able to go, but God prepared the way for them.
  • 09:06 Because they prayed about it, someone helped them go.
  • 09:09 Pray about you coming to Israel with us.
  • 09:12 We would love for you to join us.
  • 09:13 Kirsten: It opens your Bible to new things that you never
  • 09:16 thought possible, right?
  • 09:18 David: That's right.
  • 09:20 Kirsten: And also, God speaks to people.
  • 09:22 There's something about being in that Holy Land that God will
  • 09:25 speak to you in a brand-new way.
  • 09:27 I love our story today.
  • 09:29 It's kind of a love story.
  • 09:30 We've been married--we're on our 31st year of marriage, and we've
  • 09:34 had a great love story.
  • 09:35 David: We have. Kirsten: We have.
  • 09:36 You didn't have to pay much of a dowry for me though, did you?
  • 09:39 David: No.
  • 09:41 Kirsten: But it's interesting that Abraham paid a price for
  • 09:45 Rebekah marrying his son.
  • 09:47 And she didn't come cheap.
  • 09:49 She was costly.
  • 09:51 I think there's some camels and some gold in there.
  • 09:52 And we just want all of you to know that people that save up
  • 09:57 and give to our ministry, if you have a camel,
  • 10:00 we'll take your camel.
  • 10:01 We'd love a pet camel.
  • 10:03 But, anyway, those that give to our ministry, we're just so
  • 10:05 thankful for you saving up and putting your dollars in some--in
  • 10:10 a ministry that makes a difference across the world.
  • 10:13 True, right?
  • 10:15 Jeffrey: People adorn what they love.
  • 10:16 I notice you have some bling on your fingers.
  • 10:18 Kirsten: Thirtieth, thirtieth.
  • 10:20 Jeffrey: You know, those probably aren't cubic zirconia.
  • 10:22 People adorn what they love, and thank you for those of you that
  • 10:26 love us, not just in word and speech but in deed and in truth,
  • 10:32 and for those who in deed love us with an offering, we're not
  • 10:36 puttin' gold and diamonds on our fingers with the money you send.
  • 10:39 Really, we're not.
  • 10:40 We're just paying for the air time, and we wanna get the story
  • 10:42 to you.
  • 10:44 It doesn't come cheap.
  • 10:45 Thanks for your grace in advance.
  • 10:47 Kirsten: We're in our story right now where Isaac's heart
  • 10:50 has been saddened by the death of his mother, then also revived
  • 10:54 through Rebekah's love, followed by Dr. Barri Seif, kind of,
  • 10:58 speaking on romance.
  • 10:59 David: Can't wait to hear that.
  • 11:01 Let's go there now.
  • 11:02 ♪♪♪
  • 11:06 narrator: The death of Isaac's mother, Sarah, had left
  • 11:09 its mark on her grieving son.
  • 11:11 ♪♪♪
  • 11:13 narrator: He had moved to the Negev.
  • 11:16 Perhaps this would be a place where the God of his father
  • 11:20 Abraham could fill the void in his aching heart.
  • 11:23 ♪♪♪
  • 11:33 ♪♪♪
  • 11:42 ♪♪♪
  • 11:44 Rebekah: [speaking foreign language]
  • 11:46 Eliezer: [speaking foreign language]
  • 11:49 ♪♪♪
  • 11:56 Barri Seif: I love romance.
  • 11:58 Isn't this a great story?
  • 12:01 I loved how God brought Rebekah and Isaac together.
  • 12:06 She dismounted, and she immediately veiled herself as
  • 12:11 she knew her life was going to change immediately.
  • 12:18 I got to be a bride finally at the ripe young age of 62,
  • 12:24 when I got to say, "I do," and wear a veil.
  • 12:27 I love romance, and because I was single for so long,
  • 12:32 I enjoyed learning about how other people found romance,
  • 12:37 even little tiny towns.
  • 12:39 Some years ago, I lived in Shreveport, Louisiana, and the
  • 12:43 newspaper--yes, we had newspapers back then--ran some
  • 12:47 stories and little clips on couples that had
  • 12:50 been married 50 years.
  • 12:53 So I took it upon myself to get the phone book, which we also
  • 12:56 had way back then, find their names, call up the couples and
  • 13:01 just ask them a little bit about how they met each other and what
  • 13:06 would they consider was the success to their marriage, and
  • 13:12 most of the answers were the same about, you know, "I love
  • 13:15 them," and "We communicate well 'cause, after 50 years,
  • 13:20 that's a long time to be married."
  • 13:22 But I love this love story here because it speaks to all of our
  • 13:27 hearts to be content where we're at.
  • 13:30 I didn't go looking for love in the right places
  • 13:34 or the wrong places.
  • 13:36 I didn't go on the Internet sites.
  • 13:39 Dates were like figs.
  • 13:41 They were a Middle Eastern fruit, nature's candy.
  • 13:45 I was content to go to sleep in God, and when, just like with
  • 13:50 Eve, she was asleep when God brought him to her side.
  • 13:54 God has a purpose.
  • 13:56 Singleness is a gift.
  • 13:58 Marriage is a gift.
  • 13:59 Both of them have benefits.
  • 14:01 So right where you're at, enjoy on the way to where you're going
  • 14:05 because, you know what?
  • 14:07 Father knows best.
  • 14:11 Kirsten: I think I can speak for all of us at this table that
  • 14:14 Barri Seif, your gorgeous wife, did not look 62 when the both
  • 14:18 of you got married.
  • 14:19 She looks good.
  • 14:21 Jeffrey: Well, she's beautiful inside and out.
  • 14:23 You know, I didn't wanna marry when my wife died.
  • 14:26 I didn't wanna marry a younger woman.
  • 14:29 Barri is two years older than me, but she does hold it
  • 14:31 together very well, doesn't she?
  • 14:33 Kirsten: Oh, she looked wonderful, and I just think
  • 14:34 about the age is interesting.
  • 14:36 It was just the right time, right?
  • 14:38 You were--weren't you 32 when we got married?
  • 14:41 David: Almost earlier, but I'm glad that
  • 14:43 I waited for the right one.
  • 14:45 Kirsten: Thank you.
  • 14:46 David: That's right.
  • 14:48 Kirsten: As with Barri, and Isaac was 40.
  • 14:49 It was just the right time in his life, right?
  • 14:51 Jeffrey: Indeed, it was.
  • 14:52 And I'm so glad the Lord brought Barri to me at the right time.
  • 14:56 David: Yes.
  • 14:57 In our drama today, Isaac finally gets to meet Rebekah.
  • 15:00 Let's go there now.
  • 15:01 ♪♪♪
  • 15:06 narrator: And the servant told Isaac everything that had
  • 15:09 happened, how this girl had offered him drink, then given
  • 15:13 water to his camels, and how it all was a clear answer
  • 15:17 from the Lord.
  • 15:19 ♪♪♪
  • 15:22 narrator: And Rebekah became Isaac's wife.
  • 15:25 ♪♪♪
  • 15:30 Isaac: [speaking foreign language]
  • 15:32 ♪♪♪
  • 15:42 ♪♪♪
  • 15:47 Isaac: [speaking foreign language]
  • 15:49 ♪♪♪
  • 15:56 Isaac: [speaking foreign language]
  • 15:59 ♪♪♪
  • 16:03 Rebekah: [speaking foreign language]
  • 16:18 ♪♪♪
  • 16:21 Isaac: [speaking foreign language]
  • 16:27 ♪♪♪
  • 16:31 Jeffrey: In a previous segment, I spoke about Isaac and
  • 16:35 his relationship with his mother, and I'm gonna begin here
  • 16:38 by speaking to that because the story of him and his wife ends
  • 16:43 with reference to it.
  • 16:45 What I wanna underscore is that indeed there's something
  • 16:48 beautiful, to my way of thinking, to see a man who was
  • 16:53 so deeply in love with his mother, who misses her, who
  • 17:01 grieves her absence, who has trouble getting over that.
  • 17:05 That closeness in family that we look at and see here in biblical
  • 17:11 literature is something that we don't find as much in the modern
  • 17:14 world today where family life, in so many ways, can be
  • 17:19 characterized by fracture, by moving on, and here we see a
  • 17:24 story of a fellow that has a bit of trouble moving on.
  • 17:30 Well, that might be worth exploring in its own right.
  • 17:34 Again, just to see a loving family like that, to me, is
  • 17:39 special, and it says something about his mother.
  • 17:43 It says something about the boy, and it's something
  • 17:46 that we miss today.
  • 17:48 At the risk of offering too much self-disclosure, and I do wanna
  • 17:52 get to the literature, the story of losing a mother and looking
  • 18:00 at the aftermath and seeing how boys deal with it is something
  • 18:04 that I experienced with the passing of my first wife--may
  • 18:08 she rest in peace--Patty, after 30 years.
  • 18:12 And the boys in our family, Patty was like the sun,
  • 18:17 and the males, all of us were like planets that revolved
  • 18:20 around that sun.
  • 18:22 She was so central, and her absence for the boys, as is the
  • 18:28 case here with Isaac, was catastrophic.
  • 18:32 In fact, at the risk of offering too much self-disclosure, when I
  • 18:35 married beautiful Barri--and you've experienced her
  • 18:39 some--she's so beautiful, you don't just meet her--you
  • 18:42 experience her.
  • 18:43 She's authentically beautiful.
  • 18:47 When we married, frankly, the boys were a tad bit, just,
  • 18:50 consternated because they were concerned that I disrespected
  • 18:56 their mother by virtue of the fact that I remarried.
  • 18:59 Well, those emotional bonds, you know, they grew up.
  • 19:02 It is what it is.
  • 19:03 I said, "Listen, guys, you know, I didn't cheat on Mom.
  • 19:06 You know, I didn't walk away from her.
  • 19:08 Death took her, and I'm older in life, and I wanna move on, and I
  • 19:13 believe God has sanctioned it."
  • 19:15 So I can kind of relate to it a certain extent.
  • 19:18 Now, here, to go to the text 'cause I know you watch this
  • 19:21 program not to hear the life and teachings of Jeffrey Seif.
  • 19:23 You wanna look at the Bible, and to be sure, I'm interested in
  • 19:27 chapter 24, when Rebekah comes back, and you saw it
  • 19:32 in the drama.
  • 19:34 I wanna just reference it here.
  • 19:35 We're told that "Eliezer, the servant," in verse 66,
  • 19:39 "recounted to Isaac all the things he had done."
  • 19:44 And it's not just what he had done.
  • 19:46 He wanted Isaac to see providence hand in
  • 19:50 what was about to present.
  • 19:53 This isn't just a pretty girl, but there's an attestation here
  • 19:57 of God at work in the family.
  • 20:01 And if you can find that connection where God is at work
  • 20:06 in it, where there's confirmations, when you have
  • 20:09 that, it gives us certain--a confidence in moving forward
  • 20:14 that wouldn't otherwise be there.
  • 20:16 This series is all about, you know, faith for the future.
  • 20:21 Faith for the future.
  • 20:22 And another way of saying that is seeing God's hand in the
  • 20:25 present, leading to the future.
  • 20:27 That's what we're looking at here.
  • 20:29 And then we're told, subsequent to that, in verse 66, that
  • 20:33 Isaac, that "Yitzhak brought her in," and it says--
  • 20:37 [speaking Hebrew]
  • 20:39 --that "she became his wife," subsequent to which it says
  • 20:44 right afterward, "and he loved her."
  • 20:48 Now, when we speak of love here, we're not just talking about a
  • 20:51 sentient being, someone's feeling towards someone else.
  • 20:56 We're talking about romance here.
  • 20:59 We're talking about what married people do.
  • 21:04 Now, what's interesting--and it's worth saying.
  • 21:06 It's so obvious, perhaps it shouldn't be said, but it's so
  • 21:11 glaringly obvious in the literature, it's worth nothing
  • 21:15 that they waited--you ready for this?
  • 21:17 They waited to have sex till after they were married.
  • 21:21 Here--I got it out.
  • 21:23 They waited till afterward.
  • 21:27 Now, there's something really good about that.
  • 21:29 First of all, people are not entitled to the pleasure unless
  • 21:37 there's something contractual in place to take care
  • 21:40 of the treasure.
  • 21:43 There is not to be sexual contact without a contract,
  • 21:49 something binding to hold the parties together.
  • 21:54 That's amply attested in the literature, and it's indeed
  • 21:59 absent in the modern world.
  • 22:01 Barri and I, when we were engaged, we kissed after we were
  • 22:05 engaged.
  • 22:06 Hands never went where they shouldn't, never mind eyes, that
  • 22:10 we really endeavored to do it right.
  • 22:12 We're kind of old school.
  • 22:13 But that's what we see in the literature.
  • 22:18 I understand those energies at play in the business of love,
  • 22:24 but I like discipline too.
  • 22:27 I believe there are certain things that God honors.
  • 22:30 I remember Barri surprised me under the chuppah at the altar.
  • 22:36 When we exchanged rings, she interrupted it all to give me a
  • 22:42 purity ring, something that she had committed to years prior.
  • 22:49 There's a woman that went through 60-somethin' years
  • 22:51 of living before she experienced a man in marriage like that,
  • 22:56 and there's something beautiful in that.
  • 23:00 Let me just say, if you're watching this program and you
  • 23:03 want God to guide you into the future in the business of love,
  • 23:08 let me encourage you to recover some of these old ways.
  • 23:12 They pay dividends.
  • 23:15 If you've never been married, take some
  • 23:18 of this stuff to heart.
  • 23:20 If you've been married and it fell apart, and you're looking
  • 23:23 for God's guidance in a reset button into the future,
  • 23:27 take this stuff to heart.
  • 23:31 ♪♪♪
  • 23:32 Jeffrey: We're told in verse 67, "So Isaac was comforted
  • 23:36 after the loss of his mother."
  • 23:40 I believe there's a comfort factor in marriage, and for
  • 23:45 those of you that are discomforted by circumstances in
  • 23:48 that regard, please take some of the principles in today's
  • 23:53 program to heart, and I believe that you can see good success
  • 23:58 in life as you walk with God by faith into the future and
  • 24:03 discover his will for you there.
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  • 25:05 David: Okay, everybody, I have a question for Dr. Seif
  • 25:08 at this table right now.
  • 25:09 I just gotta know.
  • 25:10 We need to know 'cause we've been talkin' about this.
  • 25:12 Were you convicted about not kissing your wife until you
  • 25:15 were engaged?
  • 25:17 Did you hear from the Lord about that?
  • 25:18 What was your experience with that?
  • 25:20 Jeffrey: Well, as a rule of thumb, I don't think there
  • 25:21 should be contact without a contract, but after we were
  • 25:26 engaged, we'd kiss, you know, not excessively and not all the
  • 25:29 time, but definitely I was in the mood for it.
  • 25:34 Kirsten: You had a broken heart.
  • 25:36 Isaac had a broken heart.
  • 25:37 He had lost his mom. You lost your wife.
  • 25:39 Jeffrey: Yeah.
  • 25:41 Kirsten: And it's interesting how love and romance
  • 25:43 can heal a broken heart.
  • 25:47 Jeffrey: Barri's like a drug, you know.
  • 25:49 I was really not happy.
  • 25:51 I was really not happy being single, and I was just
  • 25:54 so thankful when I looked at her.
  • 25:56 The oxygen is sucked out of the room, you know?
  • 25:59 And she's such a delight.
  • 26:02 And, you know, five and a half years down the road, I love her
  • 26:04 now more than when I started.
  • 26:08 I just feel so blessed to have her.
  • 26:10 I say, "She's the way, the truth, and the wife,"
  • 26:12 and I say it all the time.
  • 26:14 Kirsten: Yeah, but Isaac also, he had such a grieving,
  • 26:19 I believe, over the loss of his mother, and then
  • 26:21 here comes Rebekah.
  • 26:22 She brings joy into his life.
  • 26:24 Even at 40, at a later age.
  • 26:25 Jeffrey: I think men suffer with being single more than
  • 26:27 women do for a variety of reasons, but the Bible says it's
  • 26:31 not good for a man to be alone, and I can say, "Amen," to that.
  • 26:34 David: Amen, amen.
  • 26:36 Kirsten: That's a good answer. David: Oh, yeah.
  • 26:38 Kirsten: Well, thank you for your insight
  • 26:39 and your teaching today, we appreciate that.
  • 26:41 David: So much more to come.
  • 26:43 It's the end of our program today.
  • 26:44 I can't believe it. It's been good.
  • 26:46 End us.
  • 26:47 Jeffrey: As you go now, Sha'alu Shalom Yerushalayim.
  • 26:51 Kirsten: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
  • 26:55 ♪ Lord, don't forget or forsake me, ♪
  • 27:06 ♪ your servant, oh, my God, ♪
  • 27:16 [vocalizing]
  • 27:23 ♪ Acquainted with sorrow, a man who knows grief, ♪
  • 27:31 ♪ familiar with suffering, a man like me. ♪
  • 27:38 ♪ Surely, he will come and meet my very deepest need. ♪
  • 27:47 ♪ God has answered me. ♪
  • 27:55 ♪ God has answered me. ♪♪
  • 28:05 ♪♪♪
  • 28:15 ♪♪♪
  • 28:25 ♪♪♪

Episodes in this series

  1. Stepping Out in Faith
  2. Conflicting Directions and Destinations
  3. Delivering the Unexpected
  4. Sacrifice and Loss
  5. Toward the Unknown
  6. Love and Marriage
  7. Not by Sight
  8. Life’s Detours
  9. Patient Endurance
  10. Stepping Closer to Destiny

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