The Israelites were told not to marry the Canaanites.” Is that true? There were isolated incidents in Scripture where God forbade the Israelites to marry those from other nations.
But in each of these circumstances, the problem is not the other people’s “race,” but rather their spiritual condition. God knew that if they took wives and husbands from these ungodly groups, that they would be tempted and led away from their devotion to the one true God.
For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother . But what about being joined with someone from another people group in the covenant relationship of marriage?
and the two shall become one flesh.’” It’s one thing to be theoretically willing to embrace those from other people groups as our brothers and sisters, and perhaps even as our friends.
The Bible says: “God treats everyone on the same basis .
He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female . What if a Chinese person were to marry a Polynesian, or an African with very dark skin were to marry a Japanese person, or a person from India were to marry a person from America with very light skin—would these marriages be in accord with biblical principles?
A simple study of this passage, however, reveals no such message.
Either way, it is very possible that the Cushite woman was of a different race. If race were an issue, this would have been a great place to set the matter straight.
Also, people of different races were not mentioned as being among those forbidden by God for Jews to marry, see Exodus .
So the Israelis served Cushan-rishathaim for eight years.6.
1 Kings 11:1-5 King Solomon loved many women who were not from Israel.