In Deut 7:3, we read, “Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.”
Paul, the Apostle, repeats this commandment in 2.Cor 6:14, and Yeshua in Matt 5:14, we are not to marry someone who does not obey the Torah out of love for Yehovah.
In Ex 21:15 and 16, we read, “Anyone who attacks their father or mother is to be put to death.” Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.”
It is a sin to hit our parents, and it is a sin to curse them. What is the Bible referring to when it says “curses their father or mother”?
The word for cursing is kakaologon in Greek; it means to speak evil of someone, revil, or abuse them. This means that if we tell lies about our parents or try to slander their names, we are cursing them.
Parents are not infallible, so criticizing your parents for something they did or telling others about it is not the same as cursing them. We curse our parents if we lie about them with a deliberate intent to hurt their name and reputation.
In Deut 23:2, we read, “No one born of a forbidden marriage nor any of their descendants may enter the assembly of Yehovah, not even in the tenth generation.”
At first glance, this might sound like a commandment saying a child born out of wedlock can never enter a church or be saved. At least this is how many Christians wrongly have interpreted it to be. But if we are to understand Deut 23:2, we first have to understand what is “the assembly of Yehovah” and what is a forbidden marriage.
The Hebrew word used here for forbidden marriage is Mamzer. A mamzer is not a child born out of wedlock where both parents are single and have never been married. A mamzer is a child born out of incestuous relationships or adultery where one of the parents is married to someone else.
Yehovah’s assembly is not referring to the congregation or a church; it is referring to Israel. The Bible says, in the book of Romans, when we accept Yeshua and repent back to the Torah, we are grafted into Israel. So Israel and salvation are two words used in the Bible to describe the same thing. So, when it says a mamzer can not enter Yehovah’s assembly, it is saying a mamzer can not marry a saved person.
So what this commandment is telling us is this: Someone born out of an incestuous relationship, or from adultery, can not marry someone who is saved. They can still become saved if they want to (Isaiah 56)
In Deut 23:4, we read, “No Ammonite or Moabite or any of their descendants may enter the assembly of the LORD, not even in the tenth generation.”
Today, we dont know who among us is a descendant of the ammonite and the Moabite people. The reason for this is the mixing of tribes by Sennacherib.
The Ammonites and the Moabite’s ancestors were Lots two daughters. The Bible tells us how Lot had an incestuous relationship with them, and their sons became the ancestors of the Moabites and the Ammonites.
We learned, from Deut 23:3, the assembly of Yehovah refers to marriage with a saved person. So what Deut 23:4 says is this, no one who descends from the Ammonites and the Moabites can marry a saved person. It does not mean they can not be saved themselves.
Because we dont know who the Moabites and the Ammonites are today, we cant obey this commandment.
The spirit of this commandment is this; we should never marry or cooperate with someone who is unsaved and refuses to repent. The Moabites and the Ammonites resisted Yehovah with everything they had, and they refused to repent. We are called to do the same.
In Deut 23:7-8, we read, “Do not despise an Edomite, for the Edomites are related to you. Do not despise an Egyptian, because you resided as foreigners in their country. 8 The third generation of children born to them may enter the assembly of the Lord.”
The Edomites descended from Esau, so the Edomites are related to Israel. The Egyptians are also related to Israel, and after the third generation, both Edomites and Egyptians can marry a saved person.
How can we obey this commandment today?
The spirit of this commandment is what we find in 1.Tim3:6. New believers need time to grow, and we should not quickly marry someone or cooperate with someone who has just gotten saved because they need time to mature.
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