Genesis 26:34-35: Domestic troubles.

“34 When Esau was forty years old, he married Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and also Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite. 35 They were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah.” NIV UK

 

Being a believer doesn’t inoculate you against trouble. It certainly doesn’t provide you with a cast iron guarantee that all go smoothly at home. Many Christians carry deep wounds inflicted by their children. The deepest hurts, however, are felt if they betray the faith they were taught from infancy. In marrying ‘’Hittite’’ women, Esau was becoming ‘unequally yoked’. The Hittites were one of the Canaanite tribes (10:15). They were not known for their godliness, and the Lord did not want his covenant people to intermarry with them. When we reject God’s Word, we hurt Him, we hurt ourselves, and we often hurt those closest to us. Esau’s wives, we read: ‘’…were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah.’’

A Christian should not marry a non-Christian. When someone does go astray in this area, occasionally, the unconverted spouse does become a Christian. Whilst thanking God for these rare exceptions, it has to be said that it usually works the other way, and the believer is pulled in a wrong direction.

Stay out of ‘Hittite’ territory!