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WHAT IF GOD...? Thought-Provoking Reflections About God  (Michael Caputo)

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IS  GOD CRUEL? IS GOD LOVE?


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WHAT IF GOD HAD ALLOWED JACOB TO MARRY A CANAANITE?

 

            Abraham was asked by God to leave his family behind and move to the Land of Canaan, the future abode of his descendents. But God did not want Abraham’s children to intermarry with the degenerate people of the land. Abraham, knowing God’s wishes, forbad Isaac to marry a Canaanite. Isaac, in turn, did the same with his son Jacob: “Then Isaac called Jacob and blessed him and charged him, and said to him: ‘You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan’”(Genesis 28:1).  Jacob was to go back to his own people and marry someone from his own extended family, and so he married his cousins Leah and Rachel who gave birth to the twelve tribes of Israel.

            But what if God had allowed Jacob to marry a Canaanite? What if the twelve tribes had been born of a Canaanite woman?

            If Jacob had married a degenerate Canaanite, it would have had potentially disastrous consequences. Jacob’s family would have become a part of a people whose extreme immorality and evil ways was a daily offense to God and whose destiny would ultimately be destruction. Sodom and Gomorrah had been eradicated, but the rest of the Canaanites were moving in the same evil direction. God had already foretold to Abraham that the inhabitants of the land would have been, ultimately, eradicated, though their iniquity was “not yet complete” (Genesis 15:16). Although not complete, it was quite pervasive, and God did not want His chosen family to be polluted by them in any way.

            Intermarriage could have led Jacob into potentially embracing the evil ways of the land. That would have led to his immediate descendents into embracing idolatry and the other immoral ways of the Canaanites. Such compromises would have led to God’s pouring His wrath upon them within a few generations.

            Abraham, Isaac and Jacob listened to God’s wishes and were blessed. Later on, their descendents did not heed God’s warning and took Canaanite women to wife, learned the ways of the land, deteriorated drastically and, consequently, were sent into captivity. God’s warning not to be “unequally yoked together with unbelievers” (II Cor. 6:14) remains intact into the New Testament, and it is to be heeded today as well. Not heeding it, can lead to spiritual deterioration, an eventual fall from God’s ways and, consequently, God’s rejection.

            God did not want Jacob to marry a Canaanite, because the holy seed was not to mingle with the degenerate Canaanites. God knew that rotten apples have a certain way of affecting the good ones. That was not to be, as He had a plan for Israel that entailed spiritual purity. Fortunately, Jacob and his sons followed God’s ways and God’s plan went ahead as intended.

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