Understanding Bible Covenants! Part 3 Divorce and the Law
(Ver 1.1) This is Part 3 in the series on Understanding Bible Covenants. If you have not read this series from the beginning I would recommend that you go back and start read with “Part 1“. We have covered the Bible subject of covenants in a new spiritual light. In the first lesson I showed you scriptures that states a Bible God kind of covenant is a marriage relationship between a male and a female. In God’s covenants He is always the husband and we the people are always the female. In the second lesson I featured a modern unfamiliar qualitiy called “faithfulness” where trust is placed in each covenant participant to remain faithful to their covenant partner. When unfaithfulness occurs the resulting infidelity nomally causes the intended everlasting relationship to fail. Which brings us to today’s new topic called “divorce”. Using this new perspective I have been exploring the Bible using God’s created concepts found around the subject of marriage. Because it is so radically different than anything you have probably heard before it will be difficult for many to accept. It is interesting that this is the same response that Paul got in many places that he went into to teach the Word of God. Here is a scripture that describes Paul’s experiences:
Act 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
This scripture describes two different groups and types of people. It speaks of one group being more noble than the other. The term noble is a symbol of royalty, those of nobility. These people were more noble than those in Thessalonica because of two things that they did or one featured quality and one action they performed. The first difference was these more noble people received the Word of God with an “open mind”. Meaning they were willing to listen and hear something totally new and radically different. But instead of accepting everything that was taught them by faith and blindly following Paul, they did something else to prove what was being taught to them was actually what God said. It says they searched the scriptures daily to see if what Paul was saying was really in the books they called God’s Word. In those days they only had the Old Testament books and scrolls so that is the only thing that they had to search. Today we can see that this also includes the New Testament writings. You can learn so much by following the example of the more noble group of people. You see there is nothing new under the sun, what was, is that, which shall be again. What you have seen before, is that which will occur again. God does things the same way today as He did in the days of the early church. History has always run in cycles that repeat specific divine patterns in the human pattern of events. So when someone like me comes along and teaches something so radically new, what should you do? You should start by keeping an open mind to what is being said and then you must search your Bible to see if it is actually true. That is all I’m asking you to do.
In my last blog we were talking about sex and infidelity in the context of a covenant marriage relationship. We saw that physical things gives us patterns into spiritual things. People who follow physical faithfulness probably have an easier time with spiritual faithfulness. There has been an increased awareness of natural unfaithfulness due to a well know unnamed sports figure that has recently been caught up with the seeds that he had been sowing. Without God no one really has a chance to be perfect, we have all been there and all share in the mistakes that we have made. Also, in my last blog I referred to the fact that divorce was not permissible unless a spouse had been unfaithful. I guess this golfer’s wife certainly has grounds for divorce. I’m sure she is not a happy and content wife. One thing that we can count on is the faithfulness of God. God will always be faithful, so the only opportunity for failure falls on us.
So we were looking at Israel as being called the unfaithful wife in the Old Covenant. She is accused of spiritual adultery by following other gods and worshiping idols. There is really a very sincere lesson to learn from this, if you think about it. Recently on the news I saw a story that spoke of many so called Christian churches starting to introduce other practices into their congregations. I don’t know if they were attempting to draw more people in or what, but the net result will be disastrous. These churches wanted to bring in yoga and far eastern mind religions. Things like far east meditation and mind relaxation and control techniques that just open them up for Satanic interaction. By introducing these foreign religions into their churches they are succumbing to the same result that the natural nation of Israel fell into. This spiritual infidelity will result in sexual covenant relations with other gods just like Israel. I hope you are hearing me and understand what I just said.
So today I want to open a new can of worms that I know will not go over with a lot of people, but I really have no choice but to teach what God has taught me from the Bible. In my last blog I gave scriptures about God’s wife Israel being unfaithful to her husband and God said I divorced her. If a covenant is a marriage, then a divorce is a termination of that covenant. This is absolutely critical that you see this and understand it God is not in covenant with Israel anymore or ever will be again. I know that is a shocking statement, but look it up in the Bible and see what it says. Israel has the same opportunity to marry into the new covenant with Jesus, but the old covenant is over. Here is another witness to this fact:
Isa 50:1 Thus saith the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother’s divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away.
We have seen that the prophets Jeremiah and Isaiah, both have declared the termination of the marriage covenant between God and Israel. This verse in Isaiah also implies a selling of Israel to another buyer or owner. This sounds like a new covenant relationship to me. The Lord God says “I have Put Away your mother”. Those are terms for divorce based upon Israel’s Godless acts of infidelity. So we can conclude that the divorce is final in the eyes of God.
Today I want to show you what the law says about marriage and divorce. It is so relevant to our discussion that I hope you can see it. The law concerning divorce is found in the book of Deuteronomy in chapter 24:
Deu 24:1 When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.
Here is what God did to Israel. It is an exact representation of what happened to the nation of Israel. This verse says a man shall take a wife and marry her. We know that God took Israel by the hand and led her out of Egypt and married her. Then it says if the man finds uncleanness in her and we know that God found his wife Israel unfaithfully following after other gods and worshipping idols. So we know that according to the law, the man (God) then can write her a bill of divorcement and give it to her and God did this using his prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah, His two witnesses to Israel’s whoredom. You then see that this verse says that the woman is now not a part of this husband’s household anymore. She has been kicked out of the relationship due to her unclean acts of wickedness. This is exactly what happened to the nation of Israel, if people choose to see it.
Deu 24:2 And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man’s wife.
I read these words and see how God foretold what was about to transpire with his wife. This verse says this divorced wife has become the wife of another man. We saw scriptures that implied strongly that Israel was another man’s wife now. I could give you many other scriptures that would also confirm this but I just don’t have the room in this blog to extend to these. I’ll skip over verse 3 because it is about her new husband divorcing her. What I want you to see is the next verse and what it says:
Deu 24:4 Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the LORD: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.
You see according to the law, it would be illegal for God to marry Israel again. God said it would be an abomination for Him to take back a wife that has defiled herself with another man. It is therefore illegal, according to the law for God to enter into covenant with the nation of Israel again. I am glad I didn’t write the Bible, I just read it and see what it says. But, I don’t see how He could take her back and not make himself out to be a liar.
I know these are very strong words and the implications are very far reaching. Nevertheless I didn’t write the Bible so don’t shoot the messenger. You have the opportunity to embrace what the Bible says or you now have an opportunity to reject it and ignore what God said. I suspect I’ll have both reactions. The Bible was written in an encoded fashion that forces us to correctly divide the words to come up with the truth. That means some will see it and some will not. That also means everything in the Bible is not always self evident or self revealing and since I don’t know everything maybe there is something that I don’t know yet that could change the outcome of Israel. If God wants to keep something hidden it will remain hidden, if God wants to reveal the truth then nothing will stop Him from doing that either.
We have seen scripture that declares Israel’s relationship with God being terminated. I then showed you the law of God that declares this relationship is over for good. I’ll end this blog with this last statement, there is more in the Bible that you don’t know than what you do know. I don’t care how long you have studied the Bible or how much you have memorized and you can quote. Quoting scripture does not mean you know it. The term to “Know” means understand and I guarantee you don’t understand very much of the Bible. God’s intelligence level is so far beyond ours that every word in the Bible has significance and meaning and most of the time we just read them like they don’t mean anything. The one reality that I am faced with every time I study the Bible is this: The more I learn, the more I find out I don’t know. If you are not there yet, you have a lot more to learn. In my next blog I’ll attempt to explore natural Israel’s new covenant relationship.
If you would like to continue reading in this series you may now go to “Part 4“.
Posted on January 1, 2010, in Bible Study, Covenants, Understanding and tagged Bible, Christianity, Church, Covenants, God, Jesus, marriage, sex, Truth, understanding, woman. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.