TUESDAY September 4, 2018
God’s Plans and Purposes
Now there was a certain man of Ramathaim Zophim, of the mountains of Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite.
1 Samuel 1:1
The name Elkanah in Hebrew means “God has created” or “acquired of God.” Elkanah’s ancestry went back to the tribe of Levi (1 Chronicles 6:33-38). Yet he was not a part of the Aaronic priesthood. Again this shows God’s grace in how he chooses people.
Elkanah had two wives. In the Old Testament, God allowed polygamy, but it was never His intention for a husband to have multiple wives. Notice in Genesis 2:21-22, that the Lord brought the woman to the man:
And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.
It is important to understand that in Deuteronomy 21:15-17, the Law of Moses addressed issues concerning polygamy. The Old Testament records showed all kinds of trouble that followed the practice of polygamy. Abraham, David and Solomon all had problems because of the plurality of their wives. Jesus made it clear that God’s original design was never to have more than one wife. In fact, divorce was only allowed because of the hardness of man’s heart (Matthew 19:4-6, 8).
Are you having problems in your marriage today? Could it be that you have allowed your heart to become hardened, and, in disobedience to God’s Word, you have chosen not to love your wife?
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her…
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