Jehoshaphat, the King of Judah, was a godly King, and had a marvelous reign over Judah. However he had a strange affinity for ungodly Kings in Israel to the north. He aligned himself with the wicked King Ahab and fought against the Syrians. This resulted in the death of Ahab and Jehoshaphat barely escaped with his own life. While Ahab was alive, he gave his son Jehoram in marriage to King Ahab’s wicked daughter Athaliah.
Near the end of his life, Jehoshaphat aligned himself with Ahaziah, King of Israel, Ahab’s wicked son. They had a financial venture together, seeking gold by ship. God broke up the ships, and Jehoshaphat called off the deal. It took him a while, but he learned.
There is an important lesson for us here. The Bible tells us not to be unequally yoked together with unbelievers: “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion has light with darkness?” 2 Corinthians 6:14.
How does this apply to us?
1. We should not go into a business unequally yoked together with an unbeliever. For instance, if you are equal partners, and your partner decides he wants to fudge a little bit on the income taxes, what do you do? It’s better not to be in that situation, no matter how enticing the deal seems to be. God will not bless dishonesty.
2. Another example is dating and marriage: Dating is a prelude to marriage. Parents, you should do your best to discourage your children from dating unbelievers. Young people, you should not date unbelievers.
Some talk about missionary dating, to get the other person saved. It doesn’t work! You will not lift them up in the faith, they will pull you down in your faith. According to the Bible, marriage is totally off limits for the believer to an unbeliever.
Pastor Henry Gainey