Scripture Memorization for January – Joy in Serving Jesus
Listen to this morning’s Scripture Song – Ephesians 4:32
Read the “0128 Evening and Morning“ devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.
“And Esau was forty years old when he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite: Which were a grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah.” (Genesis 26:34-35)
Why should it matter to God whom we marry? What are the consequences of obedience or disobedience in this area of our lives?
When Esau was forty years old, he married Judith, and also Bashemath. This was about the same age that Isaac was when he married, but Esau married two Hittite women. Although they are Hittites, they were in the Promised Land a long time, but they were of a bitter spirit. This brought grief to Isaac and Rebekah. It showed Esau’s continuing unfaithfulness, just as when he sold his birthright, which showed how unfit he was for God’s blessing.
God never intended for believers to marry unbelievers.
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14)
It would be like putting a donkey and an ox behind the plow together. They do not have the same strength. It would be impossible for a mismatched pair to plow effectively together Believers and unbelievers are different and cannot work together in the spiritual realm. For what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? It makes no sense at all because faith has nothing in common with unbelief. I am sure that as good and caring parents Isaac and Rebekah gave both of their son’s ample warning about marrying unbelieving Canaanite women.
Now this may come as a shock to you but sometimes children don’t do what their parents teach them to do. When Esau rebelled against God and his parents they were grieved just as when we rebel. Sometimes as parents you can do all the right things but your child grows up and rebels. At that point all you can do is pray for them and turn them over to the Lord. No one can understand the pain of this, unless you have had a rebellious child.
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.” (Ephesians 6:1-3)
Whether you’re the parent or the young person who is seeking marriage, seek the Lord’s will for your life and pray, pray, pray. Remember Daddy (also Daddy our Heavenly Father) and Mommy know best!!
1 John 5:13
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