The Bible is filled with romance if you know where to look. In honor of Valentine’s Week, here are the top 10 romances of the Bible.
10. David and Michel (The Unhappy Ending): This romance may have had an unhappy ending, but there is no doubt that at the beginning, they really loved each other. Maybe things would have been different in Michel had followed David when he left Saul’s palace to run for his life.
9. Jacob and Leah (Love that Grows): Jacob may not have loved her in the beginning, but he grew to love her a great deal. She bore the son who became the founder of the tribe of Judah and the ancestor of Jesus.
8. David and Bathsheba (Love or Lust): Their relationship started with a lustful king, but it did grow into a mutual love after David’s repentance. The result of this romance included the kingly line of Israel that went to Joseph, Jesus’ adopted father, and the line the line of Nathan that went to Mary and Jesus.
7. Abraham and Sarah (Growing Old Together): What is more romantic than growing old together?
6. Solomon and his bride in Song of Solomon (Passionate Love): They definitely had a passionate relationship. Passion is an important part of romance, but as Solomon found out, God needs to be at the center of it.
5. Adam and Eve (First Love): They had the first romance in a beautiful garden. When conflict set in, they stayed together and saw it through.
4. Jacob and Rachel (Romantic Love): The Bible says Jacob loved Rachel so much that working seven years for her seemed like a day. Ahhh.
3. Isaac and Rebekah (Love at First Sight): What woman doesn’t fantasize about a rich, young, handsome man coming to sweep her off her feet and take her away for a new adventure. This romance does prove the notion of love at first sight.
2. Mary and Joseph (Love that Forgives): Joseph loved Mary even when he thought she had betrayed him. He only wanted what was best for her. After he learned the truth, he adopted her child as his own and spent his life protecting them.
1. Ruth and Boaz (The Love God Gives): Ruth obeyed God, and God rewarded her with a rich, generous, godly man. Their great grandson was King David, and Jesus is in their family tree. This is the romance we should all strive for, the romance God is in the center of.
Which Bible romance is your favorite? Do any of these romances remind you of your romance?