Grave marriages


The last verse in the book of Genesis chapter 27 ends with a question, posed by Rebekah, Isaac’s wife and the mother of Jacob and Esau, wherein she asks “What good shall my life do me?” (Genesis 27:46). She asks this question, hoping that her favorite son, Jacob, does not marry a ungodly wordly woman as did her elder son Esau, who had taken not one but two wives from the daughters of Heth, who had made Rebekah’s life wearisome.

Points to ponder:
Worldly alliances and ungodly union can result in the weariness of those who love us. When we live an life that is in union with the world, in an ungodly relationship with the things of this world, then we are in an adulterous relationship against God himself (James 4:4), which is a grave marriage. Do we really want to have God, who gave his life for you and me, ask “what good shall my life do me?”. In other words, let us not live lives that are wearisome to God, but as a bride prepares herself to be ready for the bridegroom, let us ready ourselves for the marriage supper of the Lamb of God (Revelation 19).

Genesis 27:46 (KJV)
46 And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob take a wife of the daughters of Heth, such as these which are of the daughters of the land, what good shall my life do me?

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