Yoking with an enemy v 3-5
Friendly relationship was interdicted between the Moabites and Israelites. (Deuteronomy 23:6). Moabites were not allowed to worship at the tabernacle because they had not given Israel the passage support it needed (Deuteronomy 7:3). I mean just like the US was requesting passage from the Turks during the Iraqi War. Worst of it all, it had its own god called Chemosh. Israel was to serve as the light to all these heathen nations but at this time, Israel itself was more than sick spiritually. That is why its inhabitants could no more see the difference between Israel and Moab. Israel has been brought to the position of Deuteronomy 28:15-19. In Part II, I told you Elimelech (God is king) the head of family will have his enjoyment (Naomi) sick (Mahlon) but he should gather himself together (Chilion ) as a the head of the family and do the right thing. Unfortunately, He didn’t and his sons got married to girls from Moab. Mahlon (sickly) married Orpah (youthful freshness) and Chilion (pinning) married Ruth (friend). Remember the names again. Take note of Orpah and Ruth. Only those who yoke with a true Friend (Jesus) will find life abundance. The rest will be vanity of vanity; all is vanity. Later both men died. They died because there was a curse on getting married to heathen women. Deuteronomy 7:3-4, and heathen women will lead you to worship heathen gods. That act was a curse itself (Deuteronomy 27:15).
Here we are in America. We are sleeping with women to have papers. That is yoking with the enemy. Mahlon who married for convenience never had the expediency he long for. On the contrary, Chilion who married Ruth because he wanted a true friend, found one who could stick even by his family after his death. Let me ask you this: what type of marriage are you involved in right now? We scheme our papers to go to overseas. Yoking with the enemy! We are bribing to obtain visas. Yoking with the enemy! We are giving false information to go abroad. Yoking with the enemy! Pastors saying they are going to America for a Christian conference when they are not. Yoking with the enemy! Christians saying they are going for a visit to come back, meanwhile deep in the bottom of their hearts, they have compiled their asylum file. It will need a caterpillar to take them back. Yoking with the enemy! That is yoking with the enemy. Jesus says: “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is ligh”.
That was referring to two oxen: the older one and the younger one tied together so that the younger and inexperienced ox will learn from the older one. My country people, why do we yoke with the devil instead when the Lord has said take my yoke. Today we are getting married to non Christian Americans, Europeans and even Africans because we want to go overseas. Let me remind you to be carnally minded is death. Might be you wonder why Elimelech died. He died because he was carnally minded. His sons died to because they were the ones to take over the inheritance and going to Moab was an insult to God’s presence and power that is why the curse was upon them. Why did Naomi not die. She was the female and could assume responsibility only when the sons were not there. When her turn came, she opted to go back home. Especially with word that things were already fine.
Angela (concealed name) was a young Christian woman who went to Germany. She tried to survive but it would seem she would soon return in a box. She thought she had no choice but to do what every other girl was doing: enter into a contractual marriage with a German man who thought he was in a covenantal marriage. Angela married him just for legality. What more is more than joking with the enemy if it is not this one?
I met our beautiful Angela who was like a tadpole (model) and her man was like an elephant. So I asked her in my language Kenyang if that was her husband. She turned to me and said, “brother, this paper affair does not give us any choice. What would I have been doing with this fat belly Satan”? He is never sober and he thinks I am another slave he has bought. I can’t just wait to have my papers”. Oh Angela, look at you selling your birthrights for pottage. Christians: are you selling your birthright for foreign land pottage.
My friend, are you yoking with the enemy? Know ye not that the Lord our God is greater than immigration and that He can turn the hearts of stones to hearts of grace? I challenge you today to count on the Lord. If you want the Lord to intervene, you must sever your yoke with the enemy. If you want to marry, marry for real: not for papers and not for money. Color does not matter. After all, there is no perfect human being out there. Marriage is a school of compromise and dieing to self. But do not yoke with the enemy for whatever reason. Oh, what a Friend we have in Jesus. He bears all our sins and grief. We grieve because we do not cast our burden to the One who truly cares. Would you come to Jesus today?
Until then, let the Lord be the center of our actions.
Prince and PA Hamilton Ayuk