A pagan is given to a Man of God. An ungodly woman is arranged to marry a godly man. Different religions, different backgrounds, different worlds, and different hearts will become one. God did not save His servant Joseph to marry a Hebrew woman; He did not save His servant to marry one of his own people, but chose and purposefully allowed Jacob’s son to intermarry an Egyptian priest’s daughter. Interesting do you not think?
Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh, king of Egypt (Genesis 41:46). It is now when God delivered him from the prison and into the palace, making him second in command of all Egypt and given a bride of a pagan priest’s daughter, Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On (Genesis 41:45).
Joseph had two sons with this woman, Ephraim and Manasseh. “Before the years of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On. Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh, and said, ‘It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.’ The second son he named Ephraim and said, ‘It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my sufferings.’” (Genesis 41:50-52)
I believe this woman, Asenath, may have changed and worshiped the God of Joseph. Probably listening to Joseph talk of his God, his dreams, the purpose for which he was allowed to suffer, and then vindicated; the ability to interpret dreams, his untarnished reputation, and his position in Egypt for which God was pleased to give him, all contributed to Asenath’s desire to accept Joseph’s God into her heart. I conclude this information with the naming of their sons Manasseh and Ephraim. The two boys are named for Joseph and glorifying our God, not Asenath’s.
God arranged this marriage before He laid stipulations regarding matrimony for the Israelites. In Deuteronomy 7:3-4 the Lord commanded, “Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for yours sons, for they will turn your sons away from following me to serve others gods, and the Lord’s anger will burn against you and will quickly destroy you.” The Apostle Paul exhorts Christians today to marry other Christians, “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols?” (2 Corinthians 6:14-16)
When Solomon intermarried with pagan women who worshiped idols, the wisest man fell to temptation, “King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter – Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. They were from nations which the Lord had told the Israelites, ‘You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.’ Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love. He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray. As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been. He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molech the detestable god of the Ammonities. So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord; he did not follow the Lord completely, as David his father had done.” (1 Kings 11:1-6)
I think Solomon confused love with lust. His insatiable appetite for sex with as many women as possible led him down a dark road of disobedience, worship to idols, worthless wooden, rotting poles. Woman, the wisest of us all, can spiral downward to ungodly desires if we do not prepare ourselves with the weapons of our warfare against the enemy’s schemes (Ephesians 6).
Today, many think all roads lead to the same place. This is one of the greatest lies the enemy has ever told. Using my own life as an example, Jesus of Nazareth was the only one who released me of bondage from depression and an unhappy life. I was raised in the Christian faith, baptized a believer, but never had the relationship with Jesus Christ. I walked away, not because I did not love Christ, but because “church” wasn’t for me. As a teenager, I was intrigued with mediums, and had my “palm read” many times. I even paid for the woman to tape our conversations so I could listen over and over to the “promised life” laid out for me. I looked into other religions, but mainly my search was for peace or mediations, mantras. I never found it.
When I had my second child, I went through a post partum depression that took me into a dark pit. I had not idea what was wrong with me, why I cried all the time, why I was so angry and depressed. I cut off my hair, was thirty pounds over weight and miserable. The kids would cry and I would cry right along with them. It was a challenging time for me. I think back and I remember times, I sat on the floor and cried out to God. Help me! Maybe it was these cries that reached his ears (Psalm 3, 40).
In January 2005, during a habitual cry and weeping in the night, I had a vision of Jesus of Nazareth. I knew exactly who it was. When I was a little girl, my mother hung a picture of Jesus at the foot of my bed. I remember looking at the picture at times until I fell asleep. As soon as I saw this vision, I knew who it was. Christ’s words to me were, “There is a spiritual warfare between good and evil.” My life was forever changed.
No other “religion” came to help me. No matter how many mediations, mantras, positive thinking, believing good thoughts or “light and love”, no Allah, Buddha or anyone else came to a depressed, sad and overwhelmed woman that night. It was Christ alone, and it will be Christ alone that I glorify for the rest of my life. I know He is real. I know that He is the only Way, the Truth and the Life for no one can come to the Father, but through Him (John 14:6).
If there is anyone, another Asenath, who is searching, reading this for answers, drawn to a life Christ saved, then please read and believe. Christ died for you. He suffered on the cross for your sins. He loves you as no one has loved you ever before. You reading this for a reason. God wants to have a relationship with you, the Maker of Heaven and Earth desires to spend time with you. If you desire Truth, eternal life, a plan and purpose like you have never known, then give your life to Christ and glorify the King of Kings with service. Repeat this simple prayer with me, “Lord, I have sinned. I believe that I am a sinner who desires Truth and eternal life. I believe you died on the cross for me, for my sins and love me as a daughter. I confess every time I have been without you, but now, I invite you into my life, my Spirit, my being. Wash me clean; I want to follow you.” Praise God! For all of Heaven is rejoicing at your choice!
I believe Asenath converted to the God of Joseph. When you have witnessed the power of the great I AM, have experienced conviction, a release of bondage from sin when accepting Christ as Savior, saved by the Blood of the Lamb, you can not help but believe in this power of our resurrected King. I pray you use your life in service for His Kingdom. I encourage you to pray for those in your family to become believers and worship the One, True, Living God. I pray you are able to withstand the pressures from your family or friends, and remember we can do all things through Christ who strengths us (Philippians 4:13). Find a church alive to the Holy Spirit, prayer partners who will come along side you to teach, guide and seek the Lord for his wisdom.
Woman, if you have yoked yourself to an unbeliever, love a man who is not a Christian or God has changed your life first, I encourage to not give up on them. 1 Corinthians 7:12-16, “To the rest I say this; if any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is they are holy.
But if the unbeliever leaves, let him do so. A believing man or woman is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace. How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or, how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?” Obviously, some religions do put to death Christians or those who have become believers. If your life is in danger for becoming a Christian, seek shelter if possible from other Christians or a church known for helping those who have changed their faith. Pray to the Lord for when and how for the only example I can give you is my friend Patricia.
Patricia moved with her two children out of the state of Florida to a northern part of the United States to be with her husband, his job, and family. While in this new environment, Patricia’s husband joined a cult, a religion where the “leader” claims to be the resurrected Jesus Christ. For months, her husband left her in an apartment they rented, took their two children to this “church” for hours on end. Patricia was basically locked away for the “elders” of the church told her husband to do this because she would not confirm to their beliefs. Patricia held firm to Christ!
She spent her time in prayer, believing God would move and do something, not allow her or her children to stay in this bondage. We would pray on the phone, her home church in Florida would pray, her family would pray and she never lost hope. One morning, Patricia saw her chance to leave. Her husband, taking a morning shower, left Patricia and the two girls “unattended”. This brave Christian woman grabbed the diaper bag, her two little girls, the car keys and drove to a woman’s shelter. For months she had a safe haven, food, toys, clothes, and protection from her husband. Patricia is back in Florida with her girls, working, and living with family. Her husband continued to attend and worship this “Christ” (who is now dead) leaving her and his little girls. God gave Patricia the opportunity to leave, and answered all our prayers. God is concerned for your safety, the lives of your family and will give you a way out!
We, as Christians, need to continually pray for these Asenaths. We need to pray for the unbelievers to answer the call of Christ, to heed His voice and accept Him as Lord and Savior. We should pray faith conquer fear and believe God will give them a way out of a dangerous situation. We should pray for those closest to us who have walked away from Christ for more “all roads lead to God” religions. Never give up on the ones God has placed in your life to pray for. Maybe seeing a true Christian, your testimony as Joseph’s, could turn a life towards Christ. Let us lay our family, our friends, our relatives, people we do not know around the world, those who need a Savior at the cross.
Let us pray out loud and CONFESS the Word of the Living God; a prayer to know Christ, the unbeliever and those in other religions
El-Shaddai, God Almighty,
I want to accept Jesus Christ into my life. The Bible says He is the Good Shepherd (John 5:14). I want to know Jesus of Nazareth as my Shepherd and the power of his resurrection. I believe He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and I can not get to the Father, but through Him (John 14:6). I know He is the True Vine and the Father is the Gardener (John 15:1). So as it is written in Romans, “That if I confess with my mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’, and believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead, I will be saved.” (Romans 10:9) So I desire today to confess and pray, Christ is the King of Kings, Lord of Lords and I accept Him into my heart as my Savior!
Help me to put off my old beliefs, my old way of life and the lies I have been told for I am a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). Remove what I have been taught as truth, and teach me your ways, your paths; guide me into your truth for you are God my Savior and my hope is in you all day long (Psalm 25:4-5). I desire wisdom and knowledge so please help me study the Bible, lead me to groups of women who will accept me and help pray with me as I transition through into this new life.
Help me to not give up on my family or those in my life who have not accepted Christ. So Lord, I lay _________________________ at the foot of the cross. I pray however, whomever or whatever needs to be accomplished to lead him/her to you, your will be done. I pray his/her life not be wasted on worldly desires, deception or personal gain, but for you and an eternal Kingdom. I pray _________________________ will hear my testimony and as Asenath, believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the Father of Jesus of Nazareth.
If I am in a situation where only you can bring me out of, I pray for the strength to move when the door is opened. I pray for my children or those closest to me to never give up hope and have a heart changed over to you. Please protect me and draw me close into the secret place of the Most High where I will find rest in the Shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91:1). Give me the peace that surpasses understanding and patience to wait on your perfect will and timing. Thank you for your grace, your mercy and your love. My heart is overwhelmed you call all of your children when the time is right for each of us to heed the call and obediently follow. I praise you for your goodness, your mercy, your patience and your glory! In the name of Jesus of Nazareth I pray, amen.