The "In-law" Relationship

One of the most ancient decrees concerning family life is that a man shall "leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife." Matt. 19:5; Its origin is far back in antiquity, and Jesus quoted it to the Pharisees. This statement is just one of many in the Bible, the spirit of which, if honestly acted upon, would prevent all kinds of family difficulties involving the relationship of parents and parents-in-law with the younger generation.

In the closely knit family life of the Hebrew people the relationships of the members with each other, as well as the state of their health, affected them all. Incidents are discussed, varying from the duplicity of Jacob's father-in-law, whom Jacob served fourteen years for the privilege of marrying Rachel, See Gen. 29:16—30; to the healing of Peter's mother-in-law by Christ Jesus when she was sick of a fever, a healing that enabled her to carry out her duties in the home. See Matt. 8:14,15;

February 14, 1976

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