Intermarriage and Following After Other gods

I had an interesting venture through some Scriptures a while back that we covered in the OT History class, but that I’d also like to share here.  It started when I hit Judges 3:6 with the intermarrying and worshipping other gods.

That rang a bell with me and took me back to Joshua and from there to several other places.

To summarize, I invite you to take this journey:

  • Exodus 34:10-16 (The Lord speaking to Moses)
  • Deuteronomy 7:1-6 (Moses speaking to Israel)
  • Joshua 23:6-13 (Joshua speaking to Israel – post initial conquest)
  • Judges 3:5-6 (post initial conquest)

 From there, it is also interesting to follow on to:

  • 1 Kings 11:1-6 (story of Solomon’s apostasy) and
  • Nehemiah 12:23-27 (post-exile, post rebuilding of the temple)

To take this to the NT, we could go to 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 as well (do not be unequally yoked).

It’s interesting to see this consistent theme of God’s focus on marriage throughout the Bible: marriage is sacred – do not intermarry.  It’s also interesting to see the two (intermarrying and following after other gods) tied together in all of these places of Scripture and to see how this was a major cause of the downward spiral that we read about throughout Judges (and the larger history of Israel for that matter).

It really puts modern day marriage into focus and, I think, poses a great challenge to parents as well as singles considering marriage. 

What a gripping and relevant message to our culture – even among professing Christians. 

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~ by toddbumgarner on February 15, 2008 5:48 am.

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