The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. The two are one, Amen. In advice, do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time – so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
A HUGE lesson is Abraham did not only have Ishmael and Isaac, in his 100’s he fathered more offspring! After the death of his mother, Sarah, Isaac married Rebekah. Abraham then married Keturah, who bore him six more sons – Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah.
when Abram was 99 years of age, God declared Abram’s new name: “Abraham” – “a father of many nations“. Abraham then received the instructions for the covenant, of which circumcision was to be the sign. By being willing to sacrifice Isaac (believing he would be resurrected) God entered into a contract with him making him the Father of us all. The covenant is what makes this real, as once the covenant was made, his “tribe” was chosen to bring Jesus into the world.
Amazing, we started off speaking of the intended nature of marriage and we stumbled on God’s favor! father of many nations – A Promise! God Speaks what is! Amen. We are living The Promise, Amen.
Paul says here that husbands and wives do not have the right to deny each other marital relations; but that they can by common agreement for a time, abstain, in order to focus on the Lord in fasting and prayer. But that time should not be too long or they might be tempted by Satan.
And we pray:
Lord, let us find time to focus on You every day and during special times to do so even more intensely. Let us be realistic about our own weakness and proneness to temptations, by Your grace, let us be led to our other half, so that we in Love can come together as one. Let our marriages be strong and our relationship with You be our Center in all we do, Amen.