Joining in the Faith – Ezra 8-10

The Israelites disobeyed God.  They intermarriage with non-Jewish people.  At first glance, my reaction was to wonder why it mattered if the Jews married non-Jews.  Then I remembered how God told his people to accept as brothers and sister foreigners who joined with them in faith.  However, the people who married foreign wives did not require the wives to become God-followers.  They brought with them detestable practices.  God understands our extreme inability to remain true to him when we bring evil into our homes.
 
Dear Heavenly Father,
 
Thank you for giving wise counsel concerning intermarriage between believer and non-believer.  Even though you were talking with the Jews, I believe you are using this to speak to us today.  Thank you for your deep concern and love.  Amen.

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