EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR
by: pastor paul rika, international director of HOREMOW
EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY: PASTOR PAUL RIKA, INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR
Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide (HOREMOW)
MONDAY JULY 3, 2023
TEXT: GENESIS 24: 1-9
1And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.2And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh:3And I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell:4But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.5And the servant said unto him, Peradventure the woman will not be willing to follow me unto this land: must I needs bring thy son again unto the land from whence thou camest?6And Abraham said unto him, Beware thou that thou bring not my son thither again.7The LORD God of heaven, which took me from my father's house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; he shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence.8And if the woman will not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath: only bring not my son thither again.9And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and sware to him concerning that matter.
Key verse: Proverbs 18: 22
“Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing and obtaineth favour of the LORD.”
Question: Why did Abraham ask the servant to go to his relatives and find a wife for the son, knowing that his family were idol worshippers even as the Canaanites?
Answer: Abraham was in the land of Canaan and Canaan was cursed by Noah. They were a cursed people and their lives were terrible. Rebecca pleaded that Jacob should not marry among the Canaanites because Esau’s marriage to them affected both Isaac and Rebecca. The relatives of Abraham knew the living God in a way and acknowledged Him except that they also worshipped idols. So, they were not exactly like the Canaanites; they were better because they had the knowledge of God. Again, Laban spoke about God because they knew Him but they were not true worshippers in the sense of righteousness and holiness. Abraham wanted Isaac to marry from there because no other people in the world were righteous. No other community of people were like Abraham. The Lord was starting a life of faith through Abraham and he knew that his people had the fear of God. Abraham knew that if Isaac got a wife from there it would be okay since they would flow freely with the plan of God.
We cannot do the same now because there are many believers the Lord can choose from for you to marry. Besides, emphasis is on salvation and righteousness. Of course, as the bible tells us we are children of Abraham by faith. Those who are children of Abraham by the flesh are not the sons of God but those who are children of Abraham by faith are the sons of God. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; so, marriage must be under such confinement within the household of faith. You will not go to your village to look for your wife there; God will give you a wife. Even If she is from your village she must be born again and it must be the will of God. It is not after the pattern of Abraham’s time where righteous people were not there. God requires things to be done decently and in order.
Thought for the day: Marrying in the perfect will of God is crucial for believers.
Song for the day: Abraham’s blessings are mine
Bible reading for the day: Job 23-25; Acts 10:24-48
PASTOR PAUL RIKA