Last week we talked about what a Godly Woman is like and one of the things that always comes up is the idea of beauty.
What is beauty? What is hot? What is attractive? Our opinions of this change all. the. time. Trends change all. the. time.
The thing about beauty, though, is what can you believe?
Beauty is fleeting and your perception of it right now is going to change almost yearly.
Ladies, you may spend countless hours trying to perfect a certain “look,” but what happens if you get laughed at for it?
Fellas, you could be interested in a little cutie and write her poems and leave roses on her doorstep, but what happens when you find out the way she talks or the way she treats her friends is, well, ugly?
We could just forget about all this and let experience be our teacher and just learn from our mistakes and get over it, right?
We could find out the hard way that beauty is fleeting.
We could live in a perpetual state of drama for the next 8 to 10 years. But why would we when the Bible actually has a lot to say on what’s hot? You wanna know what’s hot?
REBEKAH IS HOT
Part of her story is told in Genesis 24. Read the selected passages below and note the bold parts. Then in the following posts, we’ll unpack why that’s hot:
3 I want you to swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you will not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am living, 4 but will go to my country and my own relatives and get a wife for my son Isaac.”
10 Then the servant left, taking with him ten of his master’s camels loaded with all kinds of good things from his master. He set out for Aram Naharaim and made his way to the town of Nahor. 11 He had the camels kneel down near the well outside the town; it was toward evening, the time the women go out to draw water.
12 Then he prayed, “LORD, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. 13 See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. 14 May it be that when I say to a young woman, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’—let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.”
15 Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milkah, who was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor. 16 The woman was very beautiful, a virgin; no man had ever slept with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jar and came up again.
17 The servant hurried to meet her and said, “Please give me a little water from your jar.”
18 “Drink, my lord,” she said, and quickly lowered the jar to her hands and gave him a drink.
19 After she had given him a drink, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels too, until they have had enough to drink.” 20 So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough, ran back to the well to draw more water, and drew enough for all his camels. 21 Without saying a word, the man watched her closely to learn whether or not the LORD had made his journey successful.
61 Then Rebekah and her attendants got ready and mounted the camels and went back with the man. So the servant took Rebekah and left.
62 Now Isaac had come from Beer Lahai Roi, for he was living in the Negev. 63 He went out to the field one evening to meditate, and as he looked up, he saw camels approaching. 64 Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel 65 and asked the servant, “Who is that man in the field coming to meet us?”
“He is my master,” the servant answered. So she took her veil and covered herself.
66 Then the servant told Isaac all he had done. 67 Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah.