Better Not Make The Mistake (3)
King Ahab married the wrongness of Jezebel
(…continues from part two…)
3) A young girl would not allow this young man to have his way with her. The erotic asked, “Why can’t we do this?” “Well I don’t know whether you are ready for marriage or not,” asshe did not want to throw herself at someone not committed to marriage to her. The guy searched for a non-existent letter, which curiosity made her ask, “What are looking for”? He told her that he was looking for the letters which his own father wrote to him worrying him to marry. “Let’s do this and we will be on our way to marriage.” “Really?” she asked. “Yes, of course!” Was there any marriage after that? None! The guy made himself unavailable for marriage to the girl: it was a deceitful plot to have his way. Ask yourself why Delilah never told Samson her reason for what she sought to know. She deceived Samson to make wealth. Samson broke God’s law which told every Israelite not to marry a non-Israelite. If he had not committed that error, Samson, the strongest man in history, would have judged Israel for much longer time. God’s laws must remain unbroken. It is always well with you keeping God’s instructions. Cain roamed himself all his days without leaving the city of Enoch in the land of Nod.
The thief cometh to steal…
I remember the story of a shepherd lad who got bored sitting down for hours looking after the sheep. To get himself out of the dreary boredom he decided to play a practical prank on the villagers. “Wolf, wolf!” he cried. The unsuspecting dutiful village people run out to help the poor boy. The deceitful shepherd rolled on the ground laughing aloud, finally freed from boredom at the expense of the villagers’ gullibility. Another day, he repeated the deceptive prank; he could not help laughing at the gullible villagers. One day, not in the dream of his sleep or his erstwhile deceptive prank, as the story unfolded; a real menacingly, very brutishly ravenous wolf came. They thought he was deceiving them as before. They saw tears running down the shepherd’s cheeks. None believed him till the wolf had had its way. Better not make this mistake, it could spell disaster.
One of the worst mistakes is to marry the wrong man or the wrong woman. If the man fails to adhere to Divine stipulation of “love your wife”, the woman will suffer in that marriage. Ephesians 5:25 “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;” and should the wife be decided against the express instruction of “submit unto your husband”, there will be no peace in the home. Ephesians 5:22 “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.” This ‘love’, of divine expectation, is agapaō (ag-ap-ah’-o): ‘to be fond of, to love dearly.’ This agapaō is the verbal form of agapē (ag-ah’-pay) ‘brotherly love, affection, good will, love, benevolence; love feasts; God’s kind of love.’ One great Bible teacher defines agapē thus: “A love called out of the heart of the lover, on account of the value the lover has placed on the object of his love.” Quite ponderous, I believe. This is the love of Divine display towards Christianity: for God saw the Christ-value on those who would accept Jesus, the Author of salvation, and bestowed agapē on His object of love. Amen.
This love is not a feeling per se, it is a commitment. This love will not say, “I love her, because of her hair, legs, face, intelligence, beauty, fame or wealth.” The agapē love stems from his commitment to the success of God’s institution: marriage. The word ‘submit’ is the Greek hupotassō (hoop-ot-as’-so): ‘to arrange under, to subordinate, put in subjection, obey.’ The wife is expected, by the Institutor of marriage, to package herself and place herself under the instructions of her husband. The thing is, if you do not see this man as intelligent enough to place your being under him, just do not make the mistake of getting confined to him in marriage.
Marriage is a confinement, where two people from different parental backgrounds come together to live in harmony to the glory of Jesus. Many marriages continue to break in irredeemable pieces all because love – on the husband’s side –, and submission – on the wife’s side are in terrible lack. It is terribly cumbersome even if it is just one of the couple who fails on his or her part.The dangers of broken homes are too many. The home becomes a hell and spouses tend to seek what the home fails to provide elsewhere. Broken homes, when they affect the children, destroy societal growth.
Getting born again is a conscious effort on the part of an individual. Get born again. Say this sinner’s prayer.
“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”
(…to be continued…)
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