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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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May 20, 2014 - The Shadchan

By Ruth Specter

In some Jewish communities the professional matchmaker or "Shadchan" plays a prominent part in the arrangement of marriages between young people. The term is derived from the Talmudic Hebrew verb shedach — "to persuade," "to influence" — with particular reference to marriage contracts.

We read in the Word of God of a Shadchan whose name was Eliezer, a servant of Abraham, who was sent to find a bride for Isaac (see Genesis 24). When Eliezer saw Rebecca, he influenced her by describing the beauty and the possessions of his employer's son in such a manner that, when the invitation was given, Rebecca could not resist.

Rebecca fell in love with Isaac though she had never seen him. She left all she held dear in her life and rode in a camel train to Isaac's home. At the end of her long journey she dismounted from her camel and ran to meet her Isaac whom she knew at first sight and had learned to love because of Eliezer's faithful description.

There is a Shadchan sent from God, the blessed Holy Spirit, who is seeking a Bride for the Heavenly Isaac. He has presented and described to us the Altogether Lovely One, the Fairest of Ten Thousand, the Lily of the Valley, our Matchless Bridegroom! At the invitation, we could not resist Him. Though we have never seen Him as He really is, we fell in love with Him; we left all to follow the Lover of our souls, and we are now on a long "camel" journey (pilgrims and strangers in this world).

Someday — oh, very, very soon — we shall "light from off our camels" (leave this world behind); we shall meet Him whom our soul loveth; we shall see our Heavenly Isaac face to face! We who are His, with our hearts full of yearning toward Him, cry with the voice of the Bride: "O Lord, speed the day when the Spiritual Shadchan's work will be consummated in the Marriage Supper of the Lamb!" Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

— "The Shadchan" originally appeared in the October 9, 1948, Pentecostal Evangel.




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