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Study Texts: Daniel 6: 1 – 5, Micah 7:5-8, Mat 10:36
- Household enemies range from a wicked husband or wife to a greedy step-mother, an envious brother, an uncle or aunty who does not want your mother or father’s children to do better than his or hers, or a colleague in the office, a wicked house help etc.
- It takes someone close to lift you or drown you. If the people at home don’t sell you, those outside won’t buy you.
- Household enemies are more dangerous because you are usually less cautious with them. You usually have no problem dealing with known enemies. But you lower your guards at home because you believe you are in the midst of people who love and care for you.
- We shall look at the study under three Sub-headings:

1. The Cases of Household Wickedness

2. The Classes of Household Wickedness

3. The Causes of Household Wickedness

1. The Cases of Household Wickedness

1. Joseph and his brothers
Gen 37:20 Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast has devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.
• Joseph’s brothers were jealous of him because of the vision of his future. They planned to kill him but for the intervention of Simeon. May God deliver you from people around you who are jealous of your progress or even your dreams!
2. Leah and Racheal
Gen 30:1 And when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister. And she said to Jacob, Give me sons, or else I will die.
Gen 30:2 And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel. And he said, Am I in God's stead, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?
Gen 30:3 And she said, Behold my slave woman Bilhah; go in to her, and she shall bear upon my knees, and yea, let me be built up from her, me also.
Gen 30:4 And she gave him her slave woman Bilhah to wife. And Jacob went in to her.
Gen 30:5 And Bilhah conceived, and bore Jacob a son.
Gen 30:6 And Rachel said, God has judged me, and has also heard my voice, and has given me a son. Therefore she called his name Dan.
Gen 30:7 And Rachel's slave woman Bilhah conceived again, and bore Jacob a second son.
Gen 30:8 And Rachel said, With the wrestlings of God I have wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed. And she called his name Naphtali.
Gen 30:9 When Leah saw that she had quit bearing, she took her slave woman Zilpah and gave her to Jacob to wife.
Gen 30:10 And Leah's slave woman Zilpah bore Jacob a son.

• There was bitter rivalry between two sisters-Leah and Rachael in the infamous love triangle because of husband-snatching. It is still going on today! May God deliver you from family members who are eyeing what you have!
3. Absalom and his brother
• Absalom killed his brother for raping his sister. He later led a coup against his father and toppled him but God intervened to restore his brother.