He marries an Egyptian woman and produces two sons named Manasseh and Ephraim (Genesis ).
It’s interesting that something so commonplace and natural to me can be such a mystery to others. For many — perhaps more than would like to admit — my marriage is viewed as radical, strange, or even unbiblical.
People are confused about interracial relationships and this was made clear in a recent “Ask Pastor John” podcast.
And the real question is: Some may think that because it’s 2013 we in the United States should be past racial confusion and prejudice.
But the racial divisions in this country are deep-rooted and significant changes didn’t occur until only 50 years ago.
The 34th chapter of Exodus delineates the creation of a second set of stone tablets containing the Ten Commandments. The Bible does not forbid what man defines as interracial dating or marriage.
The first set was broken by Moses when, as he was coming down Mount Sinai, he saw the Israelites worshipping a pagan god (Exodus 32). So besides our history, we have the battle with our sinful hearts.We have the propensity to be filled with pride and self-righteousness as we look at others who are different from us.Does the Bible permit or forbid interracial dating and marriage?Were the ancient Israelites racially "pure" when they left Egyptian bondage?But I wonder if the problem also lies in that we are simply confused about creation and redemption.