MONDAY August 28, 2017
In those days I also saw Jews who had married women of Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab. And half of their children spoke the language of Ashdod, and could not speak the language of Judah, but spoke according to the language of one or the other people. - >Nehemiah 13:23-24
Nehemiah saw the situation among God’s people; they had continued to intermarry with the pagan women. As a result, their children could no longer speak or understand the Hebrew language; they spoke in other dialects. What would be the outcome? These children would not be able to understand the teaching of God’s Word. Instead, they would learn the idolatrous practices of these pagan women. They would grow up not knowing the Lord.
As Christians, we are instructed not to be unequally yoked:
Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For youare the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:14-16).
In marriage, and even in business, we should not have an intimate union with a non-believer. Why? Non-believers may not want to go to church, and your home will become divided. What will happen to your children? Will they grow up not knowing the Lord? Just as darkness and light do not mix together nor should a marriage union between a believer and a non-believer. In business, a non-believer may cheat on their taxes. They may want to operate the business unlawfully and dishonestly.
God does not place unfair restrictions on our lives. He foresees the future dangers and tries to help us to avoid the unhappy results of our disobedience.
Never be yoked to one who refuses the yoke of Christ.
For more from Raul Ries, please visit Somebodylovesyouradio.org!