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The Top 6 Couples of the Bible

February 10, 2014 by Darlene Schacht
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26 years ago this week, I stood at the front of his church. It was Valentine’s day, which is why I was all dressed in pink. Pretty in pink, I like to think.

Michael sat near the back with his friends. Little did either of us know that one day, we’d be man and wife, “Mom and Dad.” It wasn’t until months later that we started to see God’s plan unfolding. Two lives came to a crossroad. Neither of us saw it coming, but my guess is that God had it planned all along.

He works in mysterious ways.

Throughout history God has brought couples together in a number of ways. And why wouldn’t He? After all, He’s the author of romance and in fact He is love.

More important than romance however, is when two intersecting lives work together to bring glory to God. Those are the best love stories, and the one’s worth talking about.

Let’s dig into scripture, and talk about six couples that stand out from the crowd. Of course there are more than six–many, many more–but if I touched on each and every one of them this post would be endless. Couples like Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, and Noah and his wife are definitely great couples. But for the sake of space I’ll be touching on 6.

One thing to notice about every marriage in scripture is that love isn’t easy. We read about trials, heartaches, temptation and sin, but we also read about grace and repentance and growth. Marriage isn’t a union of two perfect people, but we serve and incomparable God Who is flawless in every way.

  1. Jacob and Rachel
    While many love stories are great, this one always stands out. In Genesis chapter 29, Jacob arrives at his uncle Laban’s home in search of a wife. There he finds Rachel, Laban’s youngest daughter and her older sister Leah.Rachel is beautiful. Jacob’s in love with her and makes a proposal to her father saying, “I’ll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel.”And so he worked for seven years. We’re told in scripture that, “they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.” Beautiful story…except…

     

    Laban brought his daughter to Jacob in the dark of the night to be his wife. Not knowing it was Rachel’s older sister, they consummated their marriage that night. When the morning came he realized that he had been deceived into marrying Leah.He was able to also marry Rachel a week later, but only under the terms that he would work another seven years for Laban–making it fourteen years in total.

  2. Hannah and Elkanah
    In 1 Samuel chapter 1 we are introduced to Elkanah. We’re told he had two wives, Peninnah and Hannah. While Penninah had children, Hannah did not. Despite the fact that her “womb was closed,” Elkanah loved her the most. In a day when having sons was of great importance to men, Elkanah loved her saying,

     

    Hannah, why weepest thou? And why eatest thou not? And why is thy heart grieved? Am not I better to thee than ten sons? – 1 Samuel 1:8

    Knowing the thoughts and the fears that she struggled with, he put his needs aside to offer her words of assurance and love. My heart melts every time I read that!

  3. Esther and King Ahasuerus
    In the book of Esther, A poor woman is taken into the castle to compete for the affection of her king. It’s romantic, it’s inspiring and it’s intriguing. But to me, it’s far more than simply a story. In so many ways it reflects the relationship of Jesus Christ and the church. Esther’s example of submission to the king’s authority reminds me that I serve the King of all Kings.She was strong when she needed to be and approached the king of behalf of her people. Loving Esther, he came to their rescue.

     

    Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. – Hebrews 4:16

  4. Joseph and Mary
    In Luke chapter 1 we read about the virgin Mary, engaged to be married to Joseph. Through a miraculous event of the Holy Spirit, she is pregnant, carrying the Christ child.What I really love about this story (and I do mean REALLY) is that both Mary and Joseph trusted God every step of the way. What could have been a terrifying situation for both of them was something they leaned into. They held onto each other fiercely with God-centered faith, trusting His wisdom over their own.They are a beautiful example of two people whose union brought glory to God.
  5. Priscilla and Aquila 
    These two aren’t mentioned all that much in the new testament, but what we do know about them is that they were instrumental in helping to establish the early church. They were a power couple–tent makers, who worked alongside one another in ministry.In Acts 18:26 we see that they invited Apollos into their home and “explained to him the way of God more adequately.”They were co-workers with Paul who risked their lives for him. A perfect example of a Christ-centered marrriage!
  6. Ruth and Boaz
    I couldn’t possibly close this post without including Ruth and Boaz. What I love most about their story is that Boaz is her kinsman redeemer. A stranger in a foreign land, widowed and destined to a life of poverty, she is virtually helpless. Boaz came to her rescue, purchased the property that belonged to her family and made Ruth his wife.Through their story, I’m warmly reminded of my own kinsman redeemer.

     

    Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame.  Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated.You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood. For your Maker is your husband—the Lord Almighty is his name—the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth. – Isaiah 54:4-5, NIV

 

You are loved by an almighty God,

Darlene Schacht

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24 thoughts on “The Top 6 Couples of the Bible

  1. All we need to do is pick up all that we can from these godly homes and infuse them into our marriages. The same God over them is the same over us and following Him, we cannot go wrong. Thanks for sharing these amazing couples with us, it goes to show we also can have amazing marriages.
    Have a super blessed day!
    Love

  2. Darlene, you have really outdone yourself with this post. Just beautiful! Thank you for your ministry; you have encouraged me in more ways than I can count!

  3. As I struggle in my marriage right now, I am so blessed by what you share on your site Darlene, especially this post. These marriages had their struggles and God brought them through. I know he will bring mine through our struggles too. Thank you for the reminder!

  4. Awesome post, Darlene! John and I will be celebrating our 26th wedding anniversary come Valentine’s Day, too, and love is in the air! If you have Netflix there are two movies that you should look up. One is The Book of Ruth – Journey of Faith; the other is Amazing Love – The Story of Hosea. Both are very good and beautifully done, but that Book of Ruth! You’ll love it! <3 God bless you, Sweet Friend! Have a Happy Valentine's Day! <3

  5. Our pastor just preached a sermon covering the first chapter of Sampson’s life (Judges 13). The picture of Sampson’s parents marriage is so inspirational! I never would have picked out all the points that he did. . you can listen here (once the sermon gets posted later today I believe) http://www.licf-pa.org
    It amazed me how many wonderful points could be made by the example of an obscure, often unknown couple. God truly does speak in ALL of scripture!

      1. We had issues with our website but the sermon is finally uploaded. It’s a Sunday message titled “A Star is Born” from 2-9-14. The section he titles “A proper marriage” is excellent. Be blessed! 😉

  6. Thank you Ms. Darlene for such beautiful words of encouragement and for the reminder that God in His wisdom give us the Bible as our totally source for life.

    If we want to learn about married all we have to do is look through God words. If we to learn how to raise Godly children we look to God’s words to Samuel, John the Baptist and Jesus mothers. They same instructions He came them still ring true for us today.

    Peace to you.

  7. Couple 1) Two women exchanged as property for labour.
    Couple 2) Polygamy with the dude playing favorites between his two wives. Even that Sister Wives clown of a husband knows better than that. (Though yes Hannah’s hubby gets points for not shaming her about not being able to have kids)
    Couple 3) Wait. Are you seriously suggesting that we should aspire to the marriage of Esther and Ahasuerus? Culturally approved sex slavery? And besides it’s total nonsense that she was a model of wifely submission? Are you kidding me? She submitted because the rules were submit or die. And later she completely violated those rules, NOT submitting, and hoped for the best because her people were at stake.
    Couple 4) Sure, Joseph behaved reasonably well.
    Couple 5) This one is great. A true egalitarian marriage. Apparently sharing the paying work and the ministry equally actually is okay with God. Sweet!
    Couple 6) Meh Boaz seemed like a decent enough guy.

  8. Annie,
    Couple 1) This was to way of their culture, this was their way of life in these days.
    Couple 2) Polygamy was not Gods idea. However again it was a way of life in their times.
    Couple 3) Ester knew it was Gods will for her to go and again this is what they did in their times.
    Couple 4) Joseph and Mary were approached by an angel that told them Gods plan, was it easy no not at all.
    Couple 5) How is this bad? Doing the work of God….
    Couple 6) Boaz was a noble man again something that was done in their times.

    Today people from our past would have bad things to say about our society. No marriages, self centered, always finding the worst in everyone. Grocery stores! Ha they wouldnt believe their eyes.

    Yes each and every person in the bible except God and Jesus Christ had human flaws, but just because you have done something bad would you want everyone to look at you as the person who did that for the rest of your life? No? Well Thankfully Jesus can wash away your sin and give you grace. So that you can be who you are without always being called by your sin. I pray you find God, that you give him a chance he LOVES you.

  9. Thanks for sharing Darlene,
    It’s an enlightening and wonderful piece.
    Appreciate you and God bless.
    Cheers.

  10. My all time favorite couple, that has the least publicity is Noah and his wife. I just love that there is so little said about her, it seams to me that she put so much trust in God and her husband that she didn’t question Noah’s work. And the example that she showed to their children. Because ultimately only one small family was saved form the great flood. All (how ever many people were already populated the earth) though that Noah was crazy and not a single other person believed in the prophesy of the great flood. So to me that silent lady that stood by her husbands side no matter what others thought of their family and whole heartedly trusted God deserves more attention. Just think of all the ways she could have protested if she didn’t trust God and if she didn’t believe her husband!?

  11. Nice one, full of comfort, hope and very educative with sound doctrine. May all see God more in what you have written, so that Praise, Glory and Honer may not come to you but goes to God who gave you wisdom, knowledge and understanding over this marriage subject. “My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;” (Proverbs 2:1). “So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;” (Proverbs 2:2). “Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;” (Proverbs 2:3). “If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;” (Proverbs 2:4). “Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.” (Proverbs 2:5). “For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.” (Proverbs 2:6). “He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.” (Proverbs 2:7). But my main emphasis is on verse 6; “For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.” (Proverbs 2:6). God bless you, your family and book ministry sister Darlene Schacht. Amen

  12. I really enjoyed this and appreciate the time taken to teach. It makes me feel so good inside learning about other couples in the Bible, I want to keep learning. Definitely a good way to make our marriages grow and learn to be a little bit of each woman to be the best woman for our husbands.

  13. These Bible icons made names in making sure their marriages stood out. I believe we can make it too. The story of Ruth and Boaz, not forgetting Naomi (Ruth’s mother-in-law) is one I don’t see myself forgetting. Thanks for this reminder.

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