God More Than Family

“You shall not marry a woman in addition to her sister as a rival while she is alive, to uncover her nakedness.” (Lev 18:18)

What is so impressive about this particular verse is its location.  This command is in Leviticus, a book named after Levi.  Levi’s mother was one of two sisters, Leah and Rachel that were married to the same man, and certainly were rivals.

This command shows that following God doesn’t mean following your forefathers.  Following God isn’t a religion of family tradition – the Bible often condemns the behavior of faithful people.  God loved Leah and Rachel and God loved Jacob, their husband, but God was not pleased with that arrangement and specifically told the next generations to run where their parents had stumbled.

Following God means following His Word and not others.  And it also means that if we train our children to follow Him, we parents have hope that our children may surpass us in faith and righteousness.  With God as their guide, the Levites could surpass their father, Levi, and their grandfather, Jacob.

Whoever loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
(Matthew 10:37)

May our children love Him more than they love us.

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