The Natural Order Of Things
Read Deuteronomy Chapter 7
Dt 7:1 When the LORD your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations—the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, seven nations larger and stronger than you— 2 and when the LORD your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy. 3 Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons, 4 for they will turn your sons away from following Me to serve other gods, and the LORD’S anger will burn against you and will quickly destroy you.
In the Old Testament, the Lord gave strict orders to His people forbidding them to intermarry with the nations which did not know Him. His order even included instructions to “destroy them totally.” They failed to carry out either decree. God’s warning to them was that “they will turn your sons away from following Him.” That is exactly what happened. Even King Solomon ignored the wisdom God had bestowed upon him and intermarried with some of the forbidden women.
1Ki 11:1 King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter—Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. 2 They were from nations about which the LORD had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love. 3 He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray. 4 As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been. 5 He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molech the detestable god of the Ammonites.
Why did the Israelites fail to obey God’s commands? Let us take a trip into our imaginations and think about how that might have come about. We can imagine the conversations that were heard among the people: “It isn’t right to kill anyone. Didn’t God say that murder is one of the ‘big ten’ commandments? We would surely be breaking the law if we kill all these people who don’t worship God. Hey, if we don’t kill them, we will be able to convert them. If we show them how wonderful our God is, they will abandon their false gods. I’m sure God will approve of our alternate plan.”
Yeah, right! How did that turn out? Over and over, the foreigners lured the Israelites away from God and coaxed them to worship their false gods. Our Lord is so very much wiser than man! He knew exactly what would happen if His command was not carried out. Everything God predicted came to pass exactly as His said. Let’s continue our imagination game. Someone had to be the first to intermarry with someone from these forbidden races. We can suppose that the first time that happened, the man was severely ostracized and maybe even stoned to death. But what happened over time?
“You know, it wasn’t right for us to kill old Harry. All he did wrong was marry that Hittite woman. I overheard him trying to convince her to become a follower of God. What harm could it have done? I bet if we had given him enough time that would have worked out well. Besides, we have men among us who can’t find Israelite wives. There are too many of us who have multiple wives. These men shouldn’t be deprived of the joy of marriage. They shouldn’t have to live out their lives without any sexual satisfaction. I’m sure God will understand. It is okay for us to marry some of these women.”
Do we see anything like that happening in our time? God has commanded that we not engage in same-sex sexual relationships. God can see ahead of time what harm is going to ensue if mankind disobeys that command.
“What harm can it do? If a man loves a man, what’s wrong with that? If a woman loves a woman, they aren’t hurting anyone. Besides, they love the Lord too. They are in our churches worshiping alongside us. They are sincere. God would not want a man or woman to live their entire lives without sexual satisfaction. Surely He will understand. That law is so outdated! Our society today is different than the ones which were in place when that decree was issued. I know God would be okay with our way of thinking.”
Anytime mankind has disobeyed God, disaster has been the result. We are seeing it happen before our eyes. Men and women are walking away from God and His truth in greater numbers than have ever before been seen in the “Christian” countries of the world. The unholy acts which are taking place behind closed doors surely tell us that God was right from the beginning. His word is always trustworthy. Man’s wisdom is worth about as much as four I’s and three U’s in Scrabble!
Prayer: Father, forgive us for being a part of this proliferation of disobedience. Bring all of us back onto the right track.