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Unholy Alliances

Our Daily Bread, July 12

Unholy Alliances

The history of the various kings of Judah and Israel, as recorded in 2 Chronicles, does not gloss over the ugly facts. True, Asa "did that which was good...in the eyes of the Lord," Jehoshaphat "departed not from it, doing that which was right," and Joash, Uzziah, Hezekiah, Josiah, and others reigned uprightly. Yet, the shameful deeds of the wicked rulers are also openly chronicled. We are told, for instance, that "when Rehoboam had established the kingdom...he forsook the law of the Lord," and that "Ahaziah...also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab...to do wickedly."

Other examples could be cited, but let's stop for a moment at Jehoram because of the explanation given for his evil behavior. We read that "he walked...as did the house of Ahab; for he had the daughter of Ahab as his wife, and he wrought that which was evil in the eyes of the Lord" (2 Chron. 21:6). Jehoram's reign was a failure, and he died "without being desired" (v. 20) because of one mistake: he married a worldly woman&md;Ahab's daughter. The Bible tells us that "there was none like unto Ahab, who did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the Lord, whom Jezebel, his wife, stirred up" (1 Kings 21:25).

Unholy alliances always lead to compromise and spiritual disaster. Paul wrote, "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers" (2 Cor. 6:14), and in verse 17 he added, "...be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing." Yes, separation unto God calls for separation from the world!