“When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he called out the 318 trained men born in his household and went in pursuit as far as Dan.” (Genesis 14:14)
The household in biblical times included the primary family, servant, other family members, and person entrusted with various responsibilities for maintaining the household. Thus, to the household of Abram children of servants were educated as soldiers from their youth, Education is a basic task of the household. The Wisdom Literature and education of children in the household (Proverbs 4:1-7; 22:6; 29:15, 17); In the New Testament, Paul encouraged fathers in the task of education (Ephesians 6:4). The encouragement of training youth for battles is older in this country, age 18, but in Israel, it begins much earlier and includes both boys and girls for military service.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, in America we call for mandatory registration for the draft to military service, at age 18. but volunteers have given the draft an excuse not to be used in recent years. Other countries have requirements for serving in the military. We pray that our draft does not have to be used, that we can negotiate for peace, but if necessary, our military stand ready to go into battle for our country. We ask You, Abba, to bless those who have served, are serving and will serve in the future and all others around the world to stand down and let us come together to the table to talk about peace in our world. Today we continue to pray troops serving in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, that a peaceful solution might be found and let the fighting be silenced. We also pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, for those we don’t know. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Have you ever stopped to consider, that maybe, just maybe, God is waiting for a sign from us?”
“The Word of he Lord came to me: ‘God and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem: ‘I remember the devotion of your youth, how as a bride you loved me and followed me through the desert, through land not sown. Israel was holy to the Lord, the firstfruits of his harvest; all who devoured her were held guilty, and disaster overtook them,’ declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 2:1-3)
Marriage can symbolize the covenant relationship between Israel and God. Consequently, the prophet also used adultery and divorce as symbols of the broken relationship caused when Israel turned to other gods resulting in God’s judgment on them.
“I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him.” (2nd Corinthians 11:2)
Symbolizing the church as the bride of Christ is found in Paul’s writings as well as in Revelations 21:2, 9, where the New Jerusalem represents the body of believers in Christ.
2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“‘Why then, they asked, ‘did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?’ Jesus replied, ‘Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery.’ The disciples said to him, ‘If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry.’ Jesus replied, ‘Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. For some are eunuchs because they were born that way; others were made that way my men; and others have renounced marriage because of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.’” (Matthew 19: 7-12)
The Greek expression translated “renounced marriage” literally refers to a man who has castrated himself. Jesus did not refer to a literal self-castration but rather to persons who abstained from sexual relations to devote their full commitment to the kingdom of God. Jesus pointed out that only some can follow this unmarried way of life.
Jesus honored celibacy as a valid life choice just as He honored marriage in the preceding verses. A eunuch is a person physically incapable of sexual union. According to Jewish law such a eunuch could not be validly married. Jesus also affirmed those who remain single by choice to fulfill a vocational commitment to service for God. Jesus’ own life illustrates this commitment as does the life of Paul. The daughters of Philip were also unmarried by religious commitment. Since marriage was the normal expectation for all people in the Hebrew faith, the Bible does not explicitly with singleness as a life-style. It does offer guidelines to human wholeness that are applicable to singles as well as to married persons.