February 22nd, 2018
Weeping Very Sore About “Strange Marriages”
Ezra 10:1 (KJB) Now when Ezra had prayed, and when he had confessed, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, there assembled unto him out of Israel a very great congregation of men and women and children: for the people wept very sore.
These people were gathered together in humble prayer to God. The subject of their prayer was the many strange marriages that had taken place among the Israelites. Certainly, these marriages were entered of the people’s own desires and agenda many were not liaisons which were “God approved.”
Marriages which were not of God and according to His will were considered “strange marriages.”
God’s law, presented in the Old Testament, was very clear about the importance and significance of the act of entering a marriage. It was not something to enter without giving thought to whether it would honor and glorify God. He declared ungodly marriages as strange. God desired that the Israelites choose to marry one of their own, rather than unite in marriage with another who was not separated unto things of God, for doing so would be an unequal marital liaison.
This heartfelt prayer meeting led to a request by Ezra for a covenant with God concerning divorce in the case of the many ungodly marriages among the people. This is a “sticky spiritual subject” with many differing opinions of man.
God did give an answer to this dilemma about marriage, divorce, and the presence of hardened hearts and divinely recorded it in the New Testament.
Marriage is a picture of the spiritual union between man and God. It is a sacred union that neither a man or woman should take lightly. Marriage and the allowance for divorce are serious spiritual matters which God has clearly spelled out and recorded in His Word.