Tidings for Tuesday

And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob take a wife of the daughters of Heth, such as these which are of the daughters of the land, what good shall my life do me? Genesis 27:46

One of the greatest spiritual tragedies that can come into a Christian’s life is to enter into the unequal yoke of marriage with a nonbeliever. Rarely does such a union end in anything but disaster and a life that is an utter waste for the Lord. As a godly mother, Rebekah is determined that Jacob will not fall into such a pit. She has already seen the sorry sight of Esau, with his lack of appreciation for the things of God and the Heavenly promise, marry women who pleased his nature although they displeased his parents. Now, she discusses with Isaac how to preserve Jacob from such a mess. Rebekah knows what the women of the land were like, and she is weary of them. She wants better.

During a ministry meeting in Sussex a good many years ago, Dave Kember was speaking about young people, and how many of them attend conferences primarily in hopes of meeting with a potential future life partner. ‘What better place?’ he asked. I believe he was right. One of the great benefits of our conferences is as a place where young men and women can become acquainted with other spiritually-minded young people. Many a happy marriage among us began with a conference acquaintance. But conferences are only one way in which young Christians are encouraged to avoid taking partners from the world.

Do the young people in your Assembly know why marriage to an unbeliever is wrong? Have they heard the clear teaching of Scripture on this vital matter? Can they quote the verses that spell out the prohibition?

If we adopt Rebekah’s weariness with the unregenerate around us, we will do all possible to avoid having our young people become ensnared in a condemned union. -Jim MacIntosh

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