Judah has acted treacherously, and a detestable thing has been done in Israel and in Jerusalem. For Judah has profaned the Lord’s sanctuary, which He loves, and has married the daughter of a foreign god. Malachi 2:11 HCSB
There have been several reports on the news lately of the shameful behavior of college students on the beaches in Florida during Spring Break. Reports have described gang rapes, excessive drinking and drunkenness, nudity, and the use of drugs. These are all irresponsible behaviors that often result in emotional pain and hurt.
The people of Judah were participating in shameful and irresponsible behavior by marrying women who worshipped pagan gods rather than the one true God (see Deuteronomy 7:1-4). Such action was in direct disobedience to God’s commands and the covenant they had made with Him.
Challenge: How have you been disobedient to God’s commands and direction in your life? God demands our faithfulness to Him and to Him alone (see 2 Corinthians 6:14-18). God must be Lord in every aspect of our lives. Pray that God will show you how you have been disobedient and how you can draw closer to Him.