GOD's PICTURE of adultery and divorce in marriage Old Testament
8. What is GOD's PICTURE of adultery and divorce in marriage revealed in the old testament. GOD used what was true about marriage to tell about his relationship with his people.
(Return to First Husband? Others say NO, But God Says YES. ) Jeremiah 3: 1,6-8,12-15 They Say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man's, shall he return unto her again? Shall not that land be greatly polluted?
The Lord Says, but you have played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me. (6) The Lord said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Have you seen that which backsliding Israel has done? She is gone up upon every high mountain and under every green tree, and there has played the harlot. (7) And I Said after she had done all these things, Turn thou unto me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it. And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.
(12) Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, says the Lord; and I will not cause my anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, says the Lord, and I will not keep anger forever. Only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed against the Lord thy God, and have scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and you have not obeyed my voice, says the Lord.
Turn, O backsliding children, says the Lord; for I am married (is husband of [Strong's # o.t.1166]) unto you: and I will take you one from the city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion: And I will give you pastors according to my heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. ----------- ----------------- ------------ ----------- How can He still be married after putting away and giving a bill of divorcement? He is married because divorce does NOT dissolve the marriage. Let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.
Yet (in spite of the fact that you divorced her, still) she is your companion, and the wife of your covenant. Malachi 2: 14-16
(marriage is not dissolved by divorce). ----------- ----------------- ------------ -----------