“But Hamor spoke with them, saying, “The soul of my son Shechem longs for your daughter. Please give her to him as a wife. And make marriages with us; give your daughters to us, and take our daughters to yourselves. So you shall dwell with us, and the land shall be before you. Dwell and trade in it, and acquire possessions for yourselves in it.” Then Shechem said to her father and her brothers, “Let me find favor in your eyes, and whatever you say to me I will give.”
-Marriage in Hebrew is written as bawal & it’s a sacred vow between a man & woman; & a beautiful gift from God. The Bible offers many verses that proffer guidance to married couples, husbands, wives, newlyweds, engaged & those seeking to get married.
-Shechem, son of Hamor the king of the Hivites requested Jacob the father of Dinah for a hand in marriage. This came at a time when Dinah had gone to visit the daughters of the land & Shechem defiled her, & remained with her in his household. They knew the benefits of marrying a good wife & the favor that follow; though they were pagans their approach to marriage was deceptive. King Solomon revealed to us that “He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the LORD” (Pro 18:22). Shechem was determined to experience favor; though like an avalanche which begins with seismic activity where a little ice melts away & ends up burying the whole town, he was caught up at the heat of the moment with Dinah & caused the death of all the men in his city. This is similar to a marriage where one marries a stranger & their marriage is not founded on Christ. God cautioned the Israelites against intermarrying with the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites & Jebusites for they would draw them away from Him (Deu 7:3-4). Casual Christians who enter into such ungodly unions end up becoming Christian casualties. We are also cautioned against being yoked together with unbeliever, for there is no fellowship between righteousness & lawlessness, & no communion between light & darkness (2 Cor 6:14). Further, marriage is an institution that is under attack with cases of divorce & same sex marriages on the rise. May we continue to ask God for mercy & guidance before we are committed to the wrong partners & to always be founded & directed by Him in all these things through His grace.
Thank You Abba Father for the gift of life & giving for us the institution of marriage, we praise You & exult Your holy name. Bless all the single men & women who are yet to get married; guide them in the selection of their life partners & grant them favour in marriages ordained by You alone; according to Your merciful love. Be with all those who are married Jesus & cement their bonds of marriage by Your everlasting love. Many are married but remain childless; answer them all like You answered Sarah & Hannah; & grant them children merciful Father. Bless all the single mothers, grant them direction & favour, & fulfill their hearts desires according to Your divine mercy Lord. Remember also Father those who are involved in same sex relationships & marriages that You may correct them & show them Your precepts. Many of our mothers are widows & fathers widowers; have mercy on them all Jesus & grant them their hearts desires according to Your divine grace. We praise You Jehovah & bless Your name now & forever. Amen
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