BE NOT YOKED TO UNBELIEVERS
The whole issue of being yoked with unbelievers goes back to the Old Testament.
Judges 2:1-4 says:
1 Now the angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim. And he said, “I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land which I have sworn to your fathers; and I said, ‘I will never break My covenant with you,
2 and as for you, you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall tear down their altars.’ But you have not obeyed Me; what is this you have done?
3 “Therefore I also said, ‘I will not drive them out before you; but they will become as thorns in your sides and their gods will be a snare to you.’ ”
4 When the angel of the LORD spoke these words to all the sons of Israel, the people lifted up their voices and wept.
We see here that the angel of the LORD (which is the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ) had commanded the children of Israel to have nothing to do with the inhabitants of the land and to tare down their alters. To be able to tare down their alters meant that they would have to drive them out. God did not want the children of Israel to be yoked with them in any way.
Then (Judges 2:7)
7 The people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who survived Joshua, who had seen all the great work of the LORD which He had done for Israel.
But look what happens (Judges 2:10-14)
10 All that generation also were gathered to their fathers; and there arose another generation after them who did not know the LORD, nor yet the work which He had done for Israel.
11 Then the sons of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Baals,
12 and they forsook the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods from among the gods of the peoples who were around them, and bowed themselves down to them; thus they provoked the LORD to anger.
13 So they forsook the LORD and served Baal and the Ashtaroth.
14 The anger of the LORD burned against Israel, and He gave them into the hands of plunderers who plundered them; and He sold them into the hands of their enemies around them, so that they could no longer stand before their enemies.
Can you see what was happening? God chose Israel, he gathered them, led them through the wilderness and after forty years finally brought them into the Promise Land. God’s desire was to have a people who were sanctified (set apart) to Him alone. God know that if they began to mingle and get yoked together with these people in the land, that they would forsake Him for other Gods and the pleasures of their culture.
It reminds me of the story of the white terrier. There was a white terrier walking down the street when he suddenly spotted a large mud puddle. Examining the puddle he determined that if he jumped into the puddle, due to his coloring, he would be able to make the mud puddle white like himself. He daringly jumped into the puddle, but alas, the puddle did not turn white, instead the terrier turned muddy.
Being yoked with unbelievers is like jumping into a mud puddle, you won’t make them white, they’ll only make you muddy.
2 Corinthians 6:14-15 says:
14 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?
15 Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?
We are warned in 2 Corinthians 6:14-15 not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers. Those that do will eventually be seduced into there way of thinking and acting. It will damage their relationship with God and other believers, and set them on a path of broken fellowship and carnality.
Of course we must always be ready to share the gospel with them
1 Corinthians 15:1-4
1 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand,
2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.
3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.
As believers in Jesus Christ, we must not be yoked to unbelievers, if we do then we will start to look like them and act like them. Rather than fellowship with them, we need to consistently give them the reason for the hope that is in us.
1 Peter 3:15 says:
But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.
Posted by Akinyemi Michael