Raguel & The Unused Grave

Handwritten page from the book of Tobit chapter 8 verses 5 through 19.
Tobit 8:5-19

Synopsis     Tobit 8:5-19     9/16/2020 

Tobiah married Sarah. And on their first night together, they prayed for God’s protection.  

But Sarah’s father couldn’t sleep. He worried that Tobiah might die. Sarah had married seven times before. And each time, the would-be husband died on the wedding night. This had brought shame on the family. So, Raguel, her father, ordered his servants to dig a grave in case Tobiah had died like the others. So, they dug a grave in the court.  

Afterward, he directed his wife to send a maid into the bridal chamber to see if Tobiah survived. Shortly afterward, the girl returned. And she reported all was well. So, Raguel and all the family quietly rejoiced. And then, he directed his servants to fill the unused grave.  

The next day, he prepared a large feast for his family and friends.  

Raguel & The Unused Grave 

Raguel was worried about his family’s reputation. Having already lost seven would-be sons-in-law, the other people in his community were assuredly wondering what the matter was. And it very likely affected the way the community related to him and his family. 

Now, Tobiah was foreign to the city of Ecbatana. No one knew him. And not many even realized he had come to the city. So, if he were to die, Raguel intended to bury him before anyone in the community realized what had happened.  

But the cost was the wasted work. He dug a grave in the middle of the night. And the grave would never be used.  

The Work  

The need to look respectable comes naturally to me. But the truth is, respectability takes a lot of time and effort. I hope to follow God, but I don’t want anyone to think I’ve gone off the deep-end.  

Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.” John 6:27 

September 16, 2020

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