Thursday, October 25, 2012
What dreams reveal about marriage
"But God came to Abimelech in a dream one night and said to him, 'You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken; she is a married woman.'" Genesis 20:3. In Genesis 20, Abraham and Sarah had come into the region of Gerar where Abimelech was king. Abimelech saw Sarah and immediately wanted to marry her. He had no knowledge that Sarah was Abraham's wife because he had stated that she was his sister.
Dreams can reveal who our true mate is or is not
Genesis 20:3 illustrates that the identity of our future mate can be revealed through dreams. Here, God reveals to Abimelech in a plain way that Sarah is not his future wife. There is no if's, and's, and but's about it. God did not speak in a parable, proverb, or riddle. He plainly revealed the truth to Abimelech.
Since God can reveal who is the wrong mate, He can surely reveal who a person's spouse truly is. The question is one of discernment. Is it a dream from God, or is it a dream you dreamt up yourself? Emotions can be very strong and misleading. Jeremiah 29:8 warns us that we can have false dreams based on what we want to happen. You must prayerfully discern the difference.
Dreams warn us not to marry a certain individual
Abimelech was not the first person Abraham lied to. He had a habit of not revealing who Sarah truly was. Abraham knew that she was beautiful and would be desirable in men's eyes. However, because of fear, he only stated that Sarah was his sister. Back in Genesis 12, this happened concerning the Pharaoh in Egypt. Because he did not know that Sarah was Abraham's sister, the whole land of Egypt was stricken with plagues.
God certainly did not want a repeat of that scenario. So He clearly warns Abimelech not to marry Sarah. In marrying Sarah, he would be bringing destruction not only on himself, but his whole kingdom. Marrying the wrong person will negatively impact your life in one way or another.
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