Welcome to the 2nd last month of the year people of God.
We are now officially closing the economic year of 2020, and a month away to the next one, 2021. November in the Jewish calendar is split between October and December, as the month of both (Mar)Cheshvan and Kislev. Cheshvan is a period through which the people of God implement the good they’ve learned from the period of high holidays. However, it is also time for the bitter waters for those who repented not. Kislev on the other hand is about the revelation of what has been concealed, a birth month. We might be working according to the economic calendar [Gregorian], however, spiritually our focus should be on the Hebrew calendar and its seasons thereof. Cheshvan and Kislev is therefore spiritually the period of Isaiah 42. (smiles)
Having said that, as we come to the understanding of what this season is that we are in, scripture in Deuteronomy 7:1-4 tells us that,
When the LORD your God brings you into the land that you are entering to possess, and He drives out before you many nations— the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, seven nations larger and stronger than you— and when the LORD your God has delivered them over to you to defeat them, then you must devote them to complete destruction. Make no treaty with them and show them no mercy. Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons, because they will turn your sons away from following Me to serve other gods. Then the anger of the LORD will burn against you, and He will swiftly destroy you.
We have seen in the book of Genesis concerning Joseph and in the book of Daniel concerning Daniel, how God used the foreign kingdoms to place in high authority the children of Israel to rule over the people of Babylon and Egypt. However, we have also read of what God decided to do to Israel when they chose to intermarry in Canaan, and also what He told the first returnees to Jerusalem during the time of Ezra when they did the same.
This month we explore the positive and the negative experiences of the children of Israel regarding their kingdom being mixed or them being a mix of other kingdoms. This in an attempt to safe guard ourselves from detrimental consequences of intermarriage. Intermarriage referring to entering into agreements with others be it for business, ministry, marriage, friendships etc. for the benefit of both.
May we be blessed!