Pacts and Marriages with Non-believers
To accept the unjust demands of an enemy instead of leaning on God to fight him, is a big mistake. To unite in a covenant with one who hates God, leads to physical and spiritual slavery.
"13 Now in the fourteenth year of king
Hezekiah did Sennacherib king of Assyria come up against all the fenced cities
In this passage we see King Hezekiah humiliating himself
and his whole nation (14) before an alien king ( or interest ), making a pact
with him, and plundering God's
Everything that Hezekiah gave Sennacherib weakened the former and strengthen the latter. Now Sennacherib had more resources to fight against Hezekiah, and Hezekiah had less resources to defend himself from his attacker. Nevertheless, the Assyrian got all this by just talking and promising.
At last, Hezekiah had to do what he should have done since the beginning: trust God and fight, because this is the only language that God's enemies understand. If he would had started this way, he would now have three hundred talents of silver and thirty talents of gold more than before.
God keeps us safeguarded, as if surrounded by a thick and high wall. The enemy, (either physical or spiritual ), cannot penetrate the wall to attack us. They know it, and that is why they try to convince us to come out of the walls. This is done by enticing us to sin, or by making pacts with ungodly people.
When we keep ourselves with God, we are surrounded by His protection, as is the case of a city with a thick and high wall around it. This would be the case of city "A", whose diagram is shown below. But when city "A" joins the nearby city "B", then the weaknesses, gaps and breaches of city "B's" wall, become the weaknesses of former strong city "A". Now the enemy, who could never breach city "A's" wall, invades easily through city "B".
This is true in the physical world as well as in the spiritual realm. Heavy or deep unions with ungodly people, weaken God's servants' defenses. This is exactly what happens when God's people marry ungodly ones.