Understanding Bible Covenants! Part 2 Sex, Infidelity and Divorce
(Ver 1.1) This is now Part 2 in the series of Understanding Bible Covenants. The Word of God is so awesome, I just love studying the Bible more than anything. I hope you are as excited about learning about God as I am. In today’s lesson I want to continue talking about understanding Bible covenants. I want to give you several new established scriptures to expand your foundation for a sound understanding of what a Bible God type of covenant is. Today’s subject as you can tell by the title will certainly be different than anything you have probably heard before and represents an advanced study on the subject of covenants intended for mature Christians. If you are not a mature Christians then please just go read someone else’s Bible lesson for today. If you have not read from the beginning of this series I would strongly suggest that you go back and start with Part 1 dealing with Covenants and Marriage.
In my first blog in this series, I introduced you to some of the basic concepts and parts of what a Bible covenant is and some of what a Bible covenant is not. I told you that a Bible covenant is a legal contract relationship between two separate individuals. I then described this legal contract to be equivalent to a marriage between a husband and a wife. A Bible covenant relationship can be between any two of the following:
- A spiritual being
- A physical being
- A group of natural beings
- A group of spiritual beings
A covenant will always be between two of these categories of individuals. I should also point out that a covenant can be between two individuals of the same type, for example a spirit being to a spirit being or a physical being to a physical being, or even a nation of people with another nation of people. It is of course difficult to think of a group of people as being a single united entity, but that is what the Bible declares so I’ll stick with that. In my last blog I gave you examples of the natural nation of Israel being in covenant with the creator God. I then showed you scriptures that God called this covenant a marriage relationship. We can see that in a covenant with God, God is always the husband and the group or individual in covenant with God is always the wife. This pattern established in the Old Covenant was continued in the New Covenant with Jesus being the husband and the church being His wife.
In my last blog I also introduced you to the concept that when two people or individuals are married, that they become one flesh or one spirit. I gave you scriptures that describes God’s law of marriage first given to us in Genesis 2. Today, I do not want to get too graphic and turn you off or on, but I will warn you that today’s subject matter is of a very mature nature. If you didn’t realize it before now, God created physical things like sex as a pattern for us to understand a hidden spiritual truth. If God created natural sex, it must be good and have a purpose. Sex was of course designed to be limited within the boundary of a covenant marriage between a husaband and his wife. Since I have been talking about covenants as a marriage, it doesn’t take long to realize that sex is a integral part of the covenant relationship. Satan wants to pervert sex and make it a casual normal practice for anyone and everyone, even young children dating. You can’t watch TV or movies without seeing sex promoted in a very prevalent and a dominate fashion. If Satan wants to pervert the subject, it must have a legitimate purpose and reason for existence for God’s glory. What we need to begin to realize is that physical sex only points us to a spiritual truths within a much higher dimension.
So, what does sex have to do with Bible covenants? We should start by understanding that spiritual beings do not have sex, yet natural sex is a pattern for a spiritual truth. Let us go to the Bible and use the law of first mention and see what God reveals to us on the subject of sex. The first mention of sex that I found in the Bible was Genesis 4:1:
Gen 4:1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.
Here we have a pattern of Christ and the church. Adam, the first man was a pattern of Jesus Christ who was going to marry the church. This verse represents God’s way of describing physical sex in the relationship. There is however, a fascinating concept given to us. To know something or someone, what does that mean? I’ve often heard the term to have “carnal knowledge of”. This is just another term for sex. The actual Hebrew word for “knew” is defined as follows, “to ascertain by seeing”. It seems to be a form of knowledge, but going further than just a casual knowing something, it means to understand something or someone. There are many varieties of knowledge in the world. To know a friend is not the same as for you to know your wife, or it shouldn’t be. You see you can also go to school and learn subjects. For example, to know algebra, geometry or trigonometry and these are all representative of having sex within the confines of a physical marriage. You can know a subject intimately so that it becomes a part of you. This is representative of a covenant relationship, to know and to understand a subject intimately. What we have to see are the concepts given to us. Understand that there are parallels to knowing a subject and how that is related to sex. God when He was in covenant with the natural nation of Israel, wanted them to know, Him so He gave them the law and the words of the prophets. Jesus wants the church to know Him so He gave them the Epistles. Having knowledge of Jesus in His Word is a spiritual form of a husband having a physical relationship with his wife.
You might be of course struggling with what I am saying so I’ll give you some more scriptures to help us understand the subject more clearly.
1Co 6:15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.
This verse represents the very complex subject of covenants in other words and terms. We can see that there is an inferred meaning that the church is now married to Jesus Christ. We can then see that since we have become the body of Christ by marriage, that we can still go and commit adultery and become the members of a harlot. We can see that it is still possible to be joined physically and sexually with another. This is the law of marriage being restated in other words. To become one with a harlot is to be joined to her physically through sex. This statement is actually a parallel to some Old Testament realities that transpired many years before Paul wrote these words. What we can see is an implication that if one wife can commit adultery then any wife can commit adultery.
1Co 6:16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
In this next verse we can see some more outstanding spiritual implications given to us. We learn that sex with a harlot, in the eyes of God is the same as a marriage. That means that having casual sex or a one night stand with a whore will cause you to be in covenant with her. In the eyes of God sex is marriage. That is some very strong words I know, but you can read it for yourself. Study it out and see if this is not what God is saying. Even a casual one night stand causes the participants to be in covenant relationship. We know recently in the news that a prominent sports figure was accused by several women to be in relationship with all of them. These fourteen or more women all accuse this married man of having had sex with them. According to the scripture verses that we just read this man now has a bunch of wives. These physical realities are parallel to the spiritual realities that God is attempting to get us to see and to understand. We can see this in the next verse:
1Co 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
You see in verse 17 we see another implied reference to Christ being married to the church. The verse speaks directly that the church is “JOINED” to the LORD. That is a marriage term and is the same word that is translated in other places as “cleave” to his wife. This verse then declares that the church is One Spirit with our husband Jesus Christ. Again more marriage terminology. We can understand that this new covenant marriage is suppose to be a sexual relationship just based upon the context of the surrounding verses speaking about people who have sex with harlots. There are certainly many things to consider about these statements and we can apply them to both natural and spiritual covenant relationships. These concepts of physical faithfulness should apply to us in our spiritual relationship with Christ. The bottom line of these verses in 1 Corinthians 6 point us to being faithful.
There are some very stout words given to us in the Old Testament concerning the natural nation of Israel. These words it seems have not been clearly understood. Before we go to the Old Testament let me show the law of marriage again restated for us in the New Testament:
Rom 7:1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?
We can see new meaning in these words when we apply what we have learned about the term “know”. To know something or someone is a sexual term that denotes a covenant act. So this verse is written to those in covenant with the law and this could only be the natural nation of Israel. Let’s see what God is saying to them that “know” the law:
Rom 7:2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.
These are some interesting words given to us from God. These words declare that a woman is bound to the law of her husband as long as he is alive. We know from previous study that Israel is called the wife of God in the Old Covenant. So this group or nation of natural people are bound by the law of God as long as He lives. Only when the husband is dead is she free to marry again.
Rom 7:3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
Here we have God’s definition of an adulteress. I do not understand how people have not put these things together, but I guess they are just hard to accept so they refuse to see them. Any way verse 3 of chapter 7 says if her husband is alive and she marries another man, then she shall be called an adulteress. An adulteress is a noun title for a woman who has committed adultery. Adultery is defined as “an extramarital sexual affair” and “infidelity” The state of being unfaithful to your spouse. Are you following these concepts? How do we apply these physical things to spiritual things? We know that the natural nation of Israel did not have physical sex with other gods, idols or religions, but God said numerous times in the Old Testament that they were very unfaithful to Him. So apparently spiritual sex, while following a pattern of natural sex is not treated differently. In fact in the eyes of God it is exactly the same. Spiritual sex would involve worshipping false gods, idols and other such unfaithful acts. These spiritual acts of the knowledge of foreign gods are covenant acts of infidelity in the eyes of God. Let us start looking at some Old Testament verses that speak about this subject:
Jer 3:1 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? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD.
Yet more difficult words to swallow from God. It is difficult to understand how Israel the natural nation of people are said to have committed adultery with many lovers. In fact this verse actually says that Israel has become the wife of another man by being unfaithful. Remember what we read in 1 Corinthians, that the sexual act itself causes you to become married in covenant with the harlot. This verse in Jeremiah calls Israel the harlot and the wife of someone else, not God. The implications to these statements are huge and very powerful. The ramifications and consequences to Israel’s acts of unfaithfulness are huge. Who is this one that Israel is accused of having spiritual intercourse with, and is in covenant with, if it is not with God? It will certainly be a new thing to research and consider using the Word of God.
Studying the Bible on this subject is incredibly difficult, because it implies so many heavy and deep things for us to consider. Many ministers in the church teach and preach such favorable things about the nation of Israel and I guess that they gloss over and ignore statements in the Bible about her infidelity and unfaithfulness. As we continue with this lesson it will not get any easier for me to teach or for you to accept. Let’s continue with this verse in also in Jeremiah 3:
Jer 3:8 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.
In Malachi 2:16 God makes the statement that he hates divorce, however in Jeremiah 3:8 we see a direct statement that God has divorced Israel, because of her repeated adulteries. If you recall from the definition of an adulteress in 1 Corinthians, an adulteress is a woman who has sex outside of marriage while her husband still lives. God says backsliding Israel has committed adultery. What are the consequences of those transgressions? Here is a statement by God that directly breaks and terminates the old covenant marriage with the natural nation of Israel and completely ends the relationship. When God gave these words to his Prophet Jeremiah, the nation of Israel was no longer the wife of God, but is called the wife of another man. Because of Israel’s infidelity she has become the wife of another by the simple act of spiritual adultery. I told you that this wasn’t going to get any easier to accept. We are now heavy duty into the subject of divorce as it relates to the subject of marriage covenants. What gives God the right to divorce His unfaithful wife? Let’s look at what Jesus says about divorce in Matthew:
Mat 5:32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.
Jesus enforces God’s right to divorce His unfaithful wife Israel in this verse in Matthew. Here we have Jesus speaking of divorce as not being a legitimate alternative, except for the reason of fornication. The Greek word fornication here actually means “Harlotry”. I have not heard many or any Christian teachers, teaching these concepts. I wonder why? Do they exist in the Bible? It is also interesting that harlotry is a physical meaning of the word, but it also conveys a spiritual meaning of “idolatry”. In the case of God’s relationship with Israel his wife, the sole reason for His divorce is based upon Israel’s constant interaction with other gods, religions and idols. The worship of idols instead of the living God. They became those that worshiped creation more than the creator. Wow does that sound familiar?
Jer 3:20 Surely as a wife treacherously departeth from her husband, so have ye dealt treacherously with me, O house of Israel, saith the LORD.
Here we have another incredible scripture that relates Israel to be the wife of God. The word “as” is added to by the translator thinking they were making a comparison, but Israel is the wife that God is speaking to in this verse. It goes on to describe her as a woman that has departed her husband. In other words it implies she left her husband for another man. I wonder why these scriptures are not taught and have been overlooked in the Bible? Are these verses in the Book? Did Israel commit adultery and fall into a covenant with another spiritual being? How could this be and who is this spiritual being that is now in covenant with Israel? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, you should. They are truly important to the understanding of the Word of God.
I have to limit the number of verses that I could include on this subject. Just because I gave you a few verses, doesn’t mean there are not many others that say the same thing. You are welcome to search and find them out for yourself. What I did was attempt to give you an overview of a complex subject, showing you how natural things are related to spiritual things. Sex, infidelity and divorce are all subjects that you should be familiar with in the natural. But, knowing how to apply them to spiritual things is the challenge we are all faced with. I have shown you that God’s Old Covenant wife was unfaithful to Him and as a result, God has divorced her. That means that covenant is over and done. The implication is given to us that this woman is now married to another spiritual being and this could be the reason why Satan wants to wipe Israel off of the face of the planet. If you didn’t know that you have been living in a vacuum. Satan is trying to wipe Israel off the map and probably will attempt something dramatic very soon. As soon as countries like Iran develop nuclear weapons, Israel is in trouble. These weapons are not for defense, they are for the sole purpose of eliminating Israel. Many look at Israel and call them God’s chosen people and assume that is why Satan wants to kill them. I would suggest that Satan wants to kill them because that is the only way he can free himself from the consequences of her adultery. Perhaps in my next blog we will get into more verses concerning this unfaithful woman that was in covenant with God but, appears to be married to another now.
If you would like to continue reading this series on Bible covenants, you can go to “Part 3“.
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