This is a long post, but it is something that over the years has confirmed my suspicion, that when God told Solomon, don’t marry those foreign women, they will turn your head to worship their gods. Our God wasn’t kidding. God knows our frailties and if we LISTEN to Him and obey we are not going to end up on the short end of the stick for eternity.
I have copied and pasted below, Scriptures, as examples of my premise, 3 stories from the second book of Kings. Your mother really is your influence in life. You may have traits of your father and genes of his parentage, but the main influence for your faith is in your mother. As in Timothy’s life, Paul attributes his faith to his mother and grandmother. They have the daily watch and care of the children. It is very important to have a godly mom, even more so than a godly father, which in most cases these days is fairly optional, if you are aware of society at all.
The first King is Hezekiah, his mom Abi. At the age of 54 he became ill from an infected boil and was going to die. He pled with God to let him live and God gave him 15 more years. During that time he married Hephzibah and had a son named Manassah.
Manassah became King at 12. Who was running the show? His momma…She was not an Israelite and was in fact a foreigner. Manassah reigned until he was 67 and really ruined the nation with idolatry.
The next to reign was Amon and he was so evil his own people rebelled and slew him, and they set his son Josiah as King.
Josiah was only 8 years old when he became King. His mom was Jedidah, and she was an Israelite. He reigned until he was 39, but he did so righteously.
2 Kings 18:1 Now it came to pass in the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign.
2 Twenty and five years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name also was Abi, the daughter of Zachariah. 3 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that David his father did. 4 He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brazen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan. 5 He trusted in the Lord God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.
2 Kings 21:1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Hephzibah. 2 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, after the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out before the children of Israel. 3 For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them. 4 And he built altars in the house of the Lord, of which the Lord said, In Jerusalem will I put my name. 5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the Lord. 6 And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the Lord!
2 Kings 22:1 Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty and one years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah of Boscath. 2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left.