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Scripture Reading for January 11th–Genesis 27-31

“When Esau was 40 years old, he married Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and also Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite.  They were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah.”  Genesis 26:34-35

Abraham sent his servant to find a bride for Isaac to insure the godly line would be continued.  Isaac and Rebekah had the twins Jacob and Esau.  But Esau had a taste for Hittite women,  not just one, but two wives at the same time!   Esau was oblivious to the grief he caused his godly parents.  He married them in spite of their marriage story and probably their godly training and advice.

God has placed those in authority over us to help us learn how to live and please the Lord.  Choosing a mate is one of the most important choices we make in life.  We should give godly instruction to our children to marry only believers.  Unbelieving mates and unequally yoked marriages cause great grief and pain to believers and to the heart of God!  We help them by setting an example of a godly marriage and home and helping them evaluate the kind of man or woman who would complement their personality.  This person should always be a believer and strong person of faith!  (2nd Corinthians 6:14-18)  Why?  God desires godly offspring! (Malachi 2:14)

Believing parents have a better chance of raising godly children, but it is not a guarantee because each person has a free will to choose faith or self.  Teach your children and pray diligently for godly mates.   Instruct them not to marry outside the faith!  God is faithful!

” Then Rebekah said to Isaac, “I’m disgusted with living because of these Hittite women.  If Jacob takes a wife from among the women of this land, from Hittite women like these, my life will not be worth living.”  Genesis 27:46

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Those “Hittite” women!

Scripture Reading for January 12–Genesis 27-31

“When Esau was 40 years old, he married Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and also Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite.  They were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah.” Genesis 26:34-35

Abraham sent his servant to find a bride for Isaac to insure the godly line would be continued.  Isaac and Rebekah had the twins Jacob and Esau.  But Esau had a taste for these Hittite women,  not just one, but two wives at the same time!  It seems that Esau was oblivious to the grief he caused his godly parents.  He went right ahead in spite of their personal marriage story and probably their godly training and advice.   Marrying one was bad enough, but two was too much of a bad thing!

God wants us to walk by faith and in obedience to His Word.  He has placed those in authority over us to help us learn how to live and please the Lord.  Choosing a mate is one of the most important choices we make in life.  We as parents know our children and we know God (hopefully).  We should give godly instruction to our children to marry only believers.  We should help them by setting an example of a godly marriage and home and helping them evaluate the kind of man or woman who would complement their personality.  This person, according to Scripture should always be a believer and strong person of faith!  (2nd Corinthians 6:14-18) In fact, this is one of the only restrictions God puts on marriage.  (Marriage is only between a man and woman.)

Why does God require this?  According to Scripture (Malachi 2:15) He desires godly offspring!  It’s simple enough to understand.  Believing parents have a better chance of raising godly children!  It is still not a guarantee because each person has a free will to choose faith or self.  The Christian worldview on marriage needs re-emphasis in our world today!  Unbelieving mates and unequally yoked marriages cause great grief for believers and  God when He sees children without a godly example in the home! Don’t marry “those Hittite women”!

” Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.  For what have righteousness and wickedness have in common?  Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial?  What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?”  2nd Corinthians 6:14-15

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A Stairway to Heaven

Scripture reading for January 12th: Genesis 27-31

“Jacob left Beersheba and sat out for Haran.  When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set.  Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep.  He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.” (Genesis 28:10-12)

Jacob was the younger twin son of Isaac who had obtained the birthright from his brother Esau by shrewd trading and then connived with his mother to get his father’s blessing. Faith sees what is valuable in God’s economy and takes hold of it.  Jacob was sent away from his home for two reasons:  Esau was mad enough to kill him after the blessing incident, and Isaac and Rebbecca were distraught at Esau’s Hittite wives.  They knew that for God’s blessing to come to pass, Jacob must marry someone of faith from their own family.  It is not good to be unequally yoked!  (2nd Corinthians 6:14-15) (Genesis 28:2-4)

As Jacob left to find his future wife,  he stopped the first night to sleep.  He had nothing but a stone for a pillow.  God visited him in a dream and showed him a stairway to heaven.  God spoke to Jacob from the top of the stairs, ” I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac.  I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. . . .All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.  . . .I will watch over you wherever you go. . . I will not leave you until I have done what I promised you.” (Genesis 28:13-15)  God was in that place!   What words of assurance  the Lord gave during a time of transition!

Bethel (House of God) was the name Jacob gave that place.  Jacob made a vow to follow God, and set up a stone pillar as a memorial of his encounter.  He vowed to tithe off of all that God gave him.  When a man promises money, you know that his heart is in it!  God is indeed with each of us.  We have an open heaven and promised blessing through the descendant of Jacob, Jesus Christ who is our stairway to heaven!  (John 14:6) Follow Him today up the stairway!

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Those “Hittite” Women!

Scripture Reading for January 12–Genesis 27-31

“When Esau was 40 years old, he married Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and also Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite.  They were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah.”  Genesis 26:34-35

Abraham sent his servant to find a bride for Isaac to insure the godly line would be continued.  Isaac and Rebekah had the twins Jacob and Esau.  But Esau had a taste for these Hittite women,  not just one, but two wives at the same time!  It seems that Esau was oblivious to the grief he caused his godly parents.  He went right ahead in spite of their personal marriage story and probably their godly training and advice.   Marrying one was bad enough, but two was too much of a bad thing!

God wants us to walk by faith and in obedience to His Word.  He has placed those in authority over us to help us learn how to live and please the Lord.  Choosing a mate is one of the most important choices we make in life.  We as parents know our children and we know God (hopefully).  We should give godly instruction to our children to marry only believers.  We should help them by setting an example of a godly marriage and home and helping them evaluate the kind of man or woman who would complement their personality.  This person, according to Scripture should always be a believer and strong person of faith!  (2nd Corinthians 6:14-18) In fact, this is one of the only restrictions God puts on marriage.  (Marriage is only between a man and woman.)

Why does God require this?  According to Scripture (Malachi 2:15) He desires godly offspring!  It’s simple enough to understand.  In Genesis 4, there were Cain and Abel.  One feared God, the other didn’t.  In Genesis 6-8 there were Noah’s offspring and all the rest who were wicked!  From Abraham and Sarah, there were Ishmael and Isaac.  From Isaac and Rebekah there were Jacob and Esau.  Believing parents have a better chance of raising godly children!  It is still not a guarantee because each person has a free will to choose faith or self.  The Christian worldview on marriage needs re-emphasis in our world today!  Unbelieving mates and unequally yoked marriages cause great grief and pain to believers and to the heart of God when He see children without a godly example in the home! Don’t marry “those Hittite women”!

” Then Rebekah said to Isaac, “I’m disgusted with living because of these Hittite women.  If Jacob takes a wife from among the women of this land, from Hittite women like these, my life will not be worth living.”  Genesis 27:46

” Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.  For what have righteousness and wickedness have in common?  Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial?  What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?”  2nd Corinthians 6:14-15

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