It had to do with mixing of the pagan nations and Israel (who believed in God).
God was not concerned that they would intermarry with other nations because of their race but because of their tendency to follow other nation’s idols and worship false gods.
This was not God banning interracial marriage but forbidding Israel from becoming entangled in false religions and thus being unequally yoked with pagan unbelievers.
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s there anything in the Bible that forbids people from different ethnic origins from marrying or dating? Is it biblical to have a Hispanic or Latino person marry a Native American? When God called Israel out of Egypt, He warned them about having anything to do with the other nations.
For example, if the nations began marrying people of other nations, they would begin to follow their practices.
Their hearts would go after other gods and worship idols which were really not gods at all. The Moabites tried repeatedly to have Balaam curse Israel, but he could not.
They even offered to pay him to curse them but he refused, instead, “Balaam spoke his message: “Balak brought me from Aram, the king of Moab from the eastern mountains.
And the leaders and officials have led the way in this unfaithfulness (Ezra 9:2).
It is very interesting that in the section of 2 Corinthians 6, Paul ties intermarriage of believers and unbelievers with idolatry.
This is the same warning that God often gave Israel.
‘Come,’ he said, ‘curse Jacob for me; come, denounce Israel.’ How can I curse those whom God has not cursed? It would be from sexual immorality with the Moabites.
How can I denounce those whom the LORD has not denounced (Num 23:7-8)? What happened was exactly what God had predicted would happen to Israel if they mixed with another nation.
While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with Moabite women, who invited them to the sacrifices to their gods.
The people ate the sacrificial meal and bowed down before these gods. And the LORD’s anger burned against them to do with mixing of the races.