11 HOW DO WE APPLY THESE TRUTHS? WHO NOT TO MARRY (Leviticus 18: 1-23) (:6) not near kin (:7) not parents (:9) not sister (: 10) not niece (: 12) not aunt (:15) not son's wife (:16) not brother's Wife (:20) not another's wife (Leviticus.20:10) (1Corinthians 7: 11. Romans 7: 1-3.) (: 22) not man with man (Leviticus.20: 13) (: 23) not to lie with any beast
ONLY FOR BELIEVERS? NO!. GOD's law applies to everyone. Sin is why anyone will go to hell (the soul that sins). Were Herod and Herodias believers? NO! Matthew and Mark write of Herodias as Philip's wife (Matthew 14:3, MK 6:1), and John is applying this law to unbelievers. How about Nineveh and Sodom? These were cities of unbelievers, but God's law still applies (Luke 11: 31-32 & Jonah 1-4). GOD forbids that we continue in sin! Jesus said, one that does not know and does things worthy of stripes will still be punished. Luke 12: 48. NOT UNDER BONDAGE? Under bondage is to enslave; become [make] servant (Strong's #1402), (See the service (bondage) in 1Corinthians.7: 3) render due benevolence, (7:4) has not power over own body, (7:5) withhold not from one the other, (7:33-35) need to please wife or husband. This is the service (bondage) that no longer is necessary if unbeliever leaves. BUT The marriage is till death, living together or apart. IF ONE COMMITS ADULTERY does that free the other of marriage? NO. Marriage is till death and that is why it is committing adultery for a woman to marry another if her husband is still alive. A husband is to die to self, for his wife's sake. This is not only if she is perfect, but so he can help her to be perfect. So he might present her glorious and perfect to himself and also to God. And then we are given an example real close to heart of how we are to love our wife. Like we love our own self. Replace "I'm" with "Is she" (I'm cold, I'm hungry, I'm thirsty, Is she in pain, does her heart ache, are her feelings hurt, Is she lonely,...) see bible pictures of marriage (Ephesians 5:23-29) (Jeremiah 3: 1-15) Do we love our wife as we love our self??? Do we love as CHRIST loved the Church?
WHEREIN YOU ARE CALLED therein be content. This only means lawful states, (uncircumcised/ circumcised [1Corinthians 7: 17-19], servant/ free [7: 20-22], lawful marriage/ single [7: 24,27], soldier [Lu.3: 14], tax collector [3: 12,13]. We are to STOP being whores, paramours, adulters, thieves, extortionists, drunkards,.. (1Corinthians 6: 9,10). It's not who you are but how you do it. In all things we are to repent (STOP) from what we know to be sin (Luke 3: 3,8). Marriage is until death. SO having the wife of someone who is not dead a countining sin of adultery. And such were some of you But you are washed.
ALL THINGS ARE NEW We now, with the help of the Holy Spirit, should desire those things that are good and holy. And now we should hate those things that are wicked and sinful. Wickedness never turns into holiness. If before I was born again, I robbed a bank, or kidnapped a child, or took someone's land by fraud, or married a woman whose husband was not dead, do I keep these things now? No! Sin is sin and must be set right. Return things back to the rightful owners. "All things are new" does NOT mean that which was adultery (sin) is now become that which is holy (marriage). BE ye reconciled, walk no longer in sin, live no longer for self, but unto CHRIST who died for you. 2Corinthians.5: 15,17,20 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. (17) Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (20) Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us, we pray you in Christ's stead, be reconciled to God.
(1Corinthians 7: 3-5, 8-11, 17-24, 27, 28, 33-35, 39) Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency. (8) I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they abide even as I. But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn. And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband Put away his wife. (17) But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk, and so ordain I in all churches. Is any man called circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? Let him not be circumcised. Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God. Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. Art thou called being a servant? Care not for it: but if thou may be made free, use it rather. For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ's servant. (24) Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God. (27) Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? Seek not a wife. (28) But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry she hath not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh: but I spare you. (33) But he that is married cares for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife. (34) There is a difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman cares for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married cares for the things of the world, how she may please her husband. (35) And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that, which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction. (39) The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband lives; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.
VOWS It is by our words that we express our thoughts and intents, and pledge ourselves to one another before God. When God talks of marriage he's not talking about a temporary bedroom agreement. When God makes two one-flesh it is until death, Vow or no vow, if it is a marriage in God's sight, it is till death. The reason for a vow is to state your intentions more strongly, binding yourself more firmly. Numbers 30:2 If a man vow a vow unto the Lord, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceeded out of his mouth. (Vows are different for daughters, wives, widows, and divorced women. See Numbers 30:3-16) ...and her father/husband hold his peace at her then all her vows shall stand... Have you ever thought about why the bride is given away by her father?
Deuteronomy 23: 21-23. When you vow a vow unto the Lord your God, you shall not slack to pay it: for the Lord thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee. But if you do not vow, it shall be no sin in thee. That which is gone out of your lips you shall keep and perform; even a freewill offering, according as you have vowed unto the Lord your God, which you have promised with thy mouth
Ecclesiastes 5: 4-6 When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. Better is it that you not vow, than that you should vow and not pay. Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thy hands?
THIS IS A CONSIDERATION about vows. Matthew 5:34 But I (Jesus) say unto you, swear not at all, but let your communication be yes, yes: or no, no: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
Eli did not do the right thing in 1Samuel 2:12-4:18 only speaking to his sons but not restraining them. Eli was their father and therefore he was responsible for their actions. What are we doing in instruction, training, and restraining our children?