As I’ll show in a moment, He does not leave room for doubt. Here the Lord charges Judah with profaning the covenant () and the sanctuary (), literally, “the holy thing.” This probably refers to the people themselves. To underscore how grievous this sin is to the Lord, I want to take you on a quick tour through the biblical witness against it.
His will is always that you marry a belever, not an unbeliever. God had said that He would dwell among them and they would be His people (Lev. By marrying those who worshiped foreign gods, the Jews had defiled themselves as God’s dwelling place. The principle runs throughout the Bible: God wants His people to be separate from unbelievers in life’s important relationships.
The unbeliever came to faith in Christ and today they have a fine Christian family.” Yes, God is often gracious in using even our sins for good when we repent.
In fact, they were even divorcing their Jewish wives to marry these foreign women (Mal. Through the prophet, the Lord warns His people against the sins of marrying unbelievers and divorce.Two generations later, the godless Esau married two unbelieving wives. -35; ; 28:8) that these women brought grief to Isaac and Rebekah. 34) Jacob’s daughter, Dinah, got involved with a Canaanite man.His people invited Jacob’s sons to intermarry with them and live among them (Gen. Later, Jacob’s son, Judah, married a Canaanite woman and began to live like a Canaanite (Gen. If Israel had continued to intermarry with the Canaanites, it would have sabotaged God’s plan to make a great nation out of Abraham’s descendants and to bless all nations through them.His son Ahaziah became king and lasted one year before being murdered. She slaughtered all her own grandsons (except one, who was hidden) and ruled in wickedness for six years.
The Davidic line, from which Christ would be born, came within a hair’s breadth, humanly speaking, of being annihilated because of Jehoshaphat’s sin of marrying his son to an unbelieving woman (1 Chron. After the captivity, when Ezra heard that some of the returned remnant had married women of the land, he tore his garment, pulled some of the hair from his head and beard, and sat down appalled.
He contended with them, pronounced a curse on them, struck some of them, and pulled out their hair, calling their actions “a great evil” (Neh. One of the priests had married the daughter of Sanballat, one of Nehemiah’s chief enemies in the project of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.