TOPIC: THE SANCTITY OF MARRIAGE
[DCLM DAILY MANNA 7 OCTOBER 2018 DAILY DEVOTIONAL BY PASTOR WILLIAM FOLORUNSO KUMUYI]
Text: Genesis 24:2-67 (KJV)
Key Verse “And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death…” (Genesis 24:67).
The arrival of Rebekah as a wife to Isaac was a wonderful gift from God after three years of loneliness due to the death of his mother, Sarah.
Abraham’s chief servant, Eliezar had gone on a long journey to Mesopotamia to seek a wife for his master’s son, Isaac. Abraham had instructed him under oath to go to his family house to get a wife for his son. Eliezer obeyed and went. Helped by God after a brief prayer, he was able to come back with Rebekah as Isaac’s bride. Isaac was returning from the field where he had gone for meditation when he sighted the coming camels and hoped his wife would be in that approaching company. He was right. On enquiry, Rebekah had been told it was Isaac she had just sighted and had to cover herself with a veil as was the custom for new brides.
God instituted marriage as a holy union between a man and a woman. One man, one woman. The purposes are for procreation, partnership, fellowship and pleasure. For the godly Church, the marriage institution is a type of the union between Christ and His Bride, the Church. It is a sacred union. Similarly Christian marriage remains the bedrock of a healthy society.
Unfortunately, in some countries today, this sacred institution has been desecrated. They practice sinful acts like same-sex marriages. But God’s truth and warnings remain unchanging in the face of man’s waywardness. Knowing that life is not only about man’s brief stay on earth, it is only foolish for anyone to sell himself to the dictates of the devil to the detriment of his eternal well-being. “Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the street” (Proverbs 1:20). We must hear the voice of wisdom and live a godly life as it pleases the Lord.
Thought For The Day: Marriage is honourable in all and the bed undefiled.
Bible Reading In One Year: Matthew 8-9; Mark 2