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Understanding Bible Covenants! Part 5 Until Death Separates Me from Thee!

death_separation(Ver 2.3) This is now Part 5 in the advanced study series on Understanding Bible Covenants.  If you have not read from the beginning, I would recommend that you go and start with “Part 1“.  We have been discussing Bible covenants as being a marriage covenant relationship between two individuals.  We can see that these individuals can be either spiritual beings, natural beings individuals or groups or any combination of them.  Covenants with God always result in God being the husband and the people in covenant as being the wife in the relationship.  We know that Jesus is the mediator of the New Covenant (Heb 12:24).  Jesus is therefore the Bridegroom and the church is His bride.  Many have agreed with the scriptures in the New Testament that declare the church to be the body of Christ without understanding how the church became the body.  This transformation was accomplished by marriage, when God declared in Genesis “that the man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife and they two will become one flesh”.  One flesh is a synonymous term for one body.  Therefore one flesh refers to one body.  A body consists of flesh and bones.  Adam was opened up and his wife was taken out of him and Jesus the Last Adam was opened up and His wife was joined to him on the cross.  The Bible actually says we were crucified with Christ, yet none of us hung on the cross physically as He died.

So in the eyes of God a covenant is a marriage and a marriage is a covenant.  I gave you many scriptures that confirm this reality.  As a marriage God provided us natural things to help us to understand spiritual things.  Marriage covenants are a complex system of many dependent and interrelated aspects.  Sex is one aspect of a marriage that demands and expects faithfulness of those in the relationship.  Faithfulness is an essential aspect of marriage that applies to a covenant relationship with God.  As your spouse trusts and expects you to be faithful to them, God expects and trusts you to be faithful to Him.

We can clearly see that the natural nation of Israel was not faithful and as a result had spiritual intercourse with other gods, religions and idols.  This unfaithful infidelity resulted in God divorcing His Old Covenant wife.  The net result of the divorce was a termination of the marriage/covenant relationship without any hope of reconciliation.  I base that statement on the law of divorce given to us in Deuteronomy 24 where it says the first husband is forbidden to marry his divorced wife again after she has been married to another.  I then attempted to give several scriptures that showed that Israel according to established spiritual laws was in a covenant relationship to another spiritual being other than God.

These are all very deep things that God has taught us from the Bible and I know it will be difficult to get people to see them.  It is not my responsibility to make you understand or to make you see the truth.  I simply present the information found in the Bible the best that I can and it is up to you to prove it, accept it or reject it.  That is the way God designed the system and I can’t improve on it.   I have found that people can read the same verse of scripture and pull out whatever they want to hear and close their eyes to whatever they don’t agree with.  It is funny that God wrote a book that allows people to  believe wrong.  God will always enforce our right to be ignorant and foolish.  God never forces us into knowing the truth.  We are free to act and believe foolishly and God will not stop us.  Ok, let’s get back to our subject.

I know there are many other aspects of marriage that also apply to the subject of covenants and perhaps someday I will expand to include them in this teaching.  A marriage covenant is the establishment of a new family unit.  Marriage always results in a new household, with a new head of the house.  These two married covenant individuals enjoy a sexual knowledge that is only experienced between the two in covenant.  Physical sex is just a pattern of a spiritual knowledge that Jesus desires to have with His wife.  I showed you earlier that Adam “Knew” his wife and they had a son and I told you this was a pattern for the Last Adam, Jesus and his wife.  These are all new concepts, new ideas and new thoughts based upon a new perspective from God’s Word.  You can read the Bible and study it for yourself.  All of this has been a review of stuff that I have already covered so I hope you understand them.

 

UNTIL DEATH DO US PART!

In this lesson we want to explore another aspect of marriage and covenants to show us some new information based upon what we have learned about the subject so far.  This section will be about the subject of death as a legal separating force/power that terminates a covenant relationship between two legally bound parties or individuals.  I’d like to begin this section with the foundational verses from the book of Ruth:

Rth 1:16  And Ruth said, Do not beg me to leave you, to return from following after you. For where you go, I will go. Where you stay, I will stay. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.
Rth 1:17  Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May Jehovah do so to me, and more also, if anything but death parts you and me.

These are covenant words being spoken by Ruth to her mother-in-law Naomi. Ruth pledges “faithfulness” to the God of her mother-in-law Jehovah.  She places such a strong commitment that she claims that only death could separate her from the God and religious ways of over mother-in-law. If we read the rest of the book of Ruth and the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew we will discover that she is blessed and rewarded by God tremendously for making these covenant statements of commitment.  She becomes the wife to Boaz, a type of Jesus Christ, and the great-grandmother to the great King David.

I believe this is a good time to introduce the fact that Bible covenants are entered into by speaking words.  Words can be spoken to initiate a good covenant with God or an evil covenant with Satan.  For example, if we read Romans 10:9-10 God informs us how we entered into a covenant with Jesus Christ by believing in Our heart and confessing with our mouth the LORD Jesus.  Then in Proverbs 6:2 God informs us that humans are taken captive prisoners by also speaking words.  In Proverbs 18:21 God declares that “life and death are in the power of our tongue”.  Jesus informed us in John 10:10 that the thief came to kill, steal and destroy us, but that He came to give us life and that life in more abundance.  God appears to be teaching us that our words spoken matter.

Knowing God gives us life and knowing Satan gives us the sin punishment of death (separation from God).  Speaking right words are one key part of entering into Bible covenants wit God.  These words can be called  vows, promises, commitments, oaths, pledges or guarantees.  Speaking words and entering into covenant relationships with anyone should be taken very seriously and never lightly or casually.  I believe that God holds us responsible for our promises made to Him and to each other.  There are numerous examples of this found in the Bible.

For example a famine of three years occurred to the nation of Israel in 2 Samuel 21:1-2.  When David inquired of the LORD why this was happening, the LORD told him it was because of bloody Saul that attacked and killed the Gibeonites.  God informs King David that Israel had made a covenant with these people a long time before.  God obviously believed that this covenant that was made before Saul or David was born was still in effect and could not be terminated by either of the parties in the covenant.  Therefore, judgement fell upon the natural nation of Israel for something that happened long before King David became king.  Wow, this sounds very important to know in our education of understanding the serious nature of Vows and covenants.  The covenant was entered into by Joshua and it was disavowed by Saul and the negative consequences fell upon Israel during King David.

Most modern marriage ceremonies include speaking words to each other.  These words are often called “vows” and many of them are based upon Bible covenant principles.  For example, many say “until death do us part” in their wedding vows.  Wedding vows are considered covenant words of complete commitment made to each other.  Just as Israel violating a covenant that they had made with another nation had consequences, I believe the breaking of covenant vows today will also result in negative verdicts of judgment at some time in the future. We just learned that Saul had murdered a people in covenant with Israel and Israel in the next King’s reign reaped a famine.   I believe that this is possible even today that two people ending a marriage covenant can cause judgement to occur on future descendants.  But, that is a different subject for another lesson.

We can clearly learn from the book of Ruth that death represents a legal termination of a covenant relationship and commitment.  If one spouse dies, the other is said to be free to marry another.  So death represents a legal point of covenant division.  It represents a separation of the two that were said to be one when they were joined in covenant by the Law of Genesis 2:24.  I’d like to cover an essential set of N.T. verses that confirm this truth.  We will be reading from the book of Romans and chapter 7:

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?
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.
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.
Rom 7:4  Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

Wow, these verses help explain our subject of covenants and the power of death separation precisely. Notice that Paul in verse 1 is speaking to believers that “know” the law. This phrase “to know” represents covenant relationship. Paul in this short passage was directing the next few verses to only former Jewish Old Covenant people.  God writes this to teach them that because Jesus died (God in the flesh) on a cross, they were now freed from the bondage of that covenant in order to legally remarry in covenant the risen from the dead LORD Jesus Christ.  There are people that claim Jesus was not God but 1 Timothy 3:16 informs us plainly that “God was manifested in the flesh”.

Paul was writing in Romans 7 by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to teach us the legal fact that since Jesus (God manifested in the flesh) experienced death for them all, they could now be legally joined in Covenant marriage with risen Jesus and not be called an adulteress. This truth simply confirms that a marriage is a covenant and a covenant is a marriage and if they enter into another covenant while their husband was still alive, God called this adultery.  Therefore we have all the subjects that we have been learning, marriage covenants, faithfulness, death separation and termination and remarriage in a New Covenant.  Wow, Wow & Wow!

Can we begin to see what these verses in Romans say and learn how they apply to covenants both natural and spiritual?  I believe these are amazing and especially important to how God eliminated Himself from the covenant of Israel and the angelic beings.

 

MARRIAGE, DEATH AND WIDOWHOOD

I alluded in previous lessons to this subject when speaking of the Heavenly Jerusalem who was described to be a free woman that came from an allegory given to us from Galatians 4.  This Genesis allegory used Sarah’s relationship to Abraham.  This relationship was a physical picture and representation of God’s spiritual relationship to the city called the Heavenly Jerusalem.   I concluded that this free woman was the first wife of Jehovah God and therefore in covenant with God long before Hagar.  In looking at other verses in Hebrews 12 we determined that this Heavenly Jerusalem consisted of the angelic beings too numerous to count.  This means that Lucifer the top angelic being in the past was included in this covenant relationship.  So how does God terminate an eternal marriage covenant relationship to eternally created angelic beings without the law?  We know that the earthly Jerusalem (type of Hagar) is now in bondage with the law and that God used the law to end/divorce the Old Covenant marriage relationship because of her continued unfaithfulness (Isa 50:1, Jer 3:8).

But the heavenly Jerusalem was called the free woman or the woman outside of the law.  We also learned from verses in the New Testament that without the law there is no punishment for sin.   So how does God terminate a marriage covenant relationship with a group of sinful eternal spiritual beings that cannot ever die, without any law or legal precedence?  It is a fascinating problem to consider and it is very perplexing puzzle to solve, but God always has a plan and an answer.  We should be able to answer this question already but there are two solutions presented to us that can be utilized.  The first solution is to get Satan to place himself into a covenant with the Law.  The second potential solution is for the husband in the covenant to become a a being that could experience death on a cross to terminate all previous covenants.

If we recall from the previous lessons, we saw numerous scriptures from Galatians 4 that spoke about these two women in marriage covenant with Jehovah God.  The one bond woman (Hagar) was directly said to be the natural nation of Israel and corresponded to the earthly city of Jerusalem.  We just read about her in the last section of this lesson that was now freed from her covenant by the death of Jesus. Wow again!  Then the other woman was the free woman and she is called the heavenly Jerusalem.  It is essential to understand that both covenant women were married to the same God Jehovah and their covenants overlapped for a short time just as the allegorical type of Hagar overlapped with Sarah’s marriage.  Now recall this O.T. quotation concerning this allegory:

Gal 4:27  For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren (Heavenly Jersualem) that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate (free woman Heavenly Jerusalem) hath many more children than she which hath an husband (bond woman: natural Israel).

What we can see in Galatians 4:27 the presentation that the bond woman had a husband with the implication that free woman did not.  In fact the Greek word translated as “desolate” in this verse literally means “lonesome” and “solitary”.  This is describing a woman that is not in covenant with anyone.  Notice also the Greek word translated as “barren” is transliterated as “steiros” and we get our English word “sterile from it.  These words are used by God to describe the Heavenly Jerusalem covenant wife.  Finally, notice the prophecy that tells this woman to rejoice because her children will be many more than the children of the bond woman (Earthly Jerusalem).  Who were we told that these many more children were?  God teaches us in Galatians 4:26 that the spiritual free woman’s children were all of us in the church.  That confirms and explains why Jesus said in John 3 that we must be “born again” in order to enter the kingdom of heaven.  Everyone in the church has been first born naturally into the world and then next born supernaturally into the Spiritual Kingdom of God.  It is important to note that if we are born once we can die twice, but if we are born twice we can only die once.

Galatians 4:27 seems like a paradox or a contradiction to what was said that both of these women were in covenant and married to God in the past.  What happened to the husband of the woman in heaven?  And I thought God divorced the woman natural Israel and here He says she has a husband.  These are a really good questions.  We have already explored how natural Israel may have entered into a covenant with Satan.  But, let’s figure out the other question by going back to the Old Testament.

Isa 54:1  Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.

We can see that these are the direct words of God himself spoken through the prophet Isaiah.  We can see again this verse is speaking of two different women. I find it fascinating that nowhere in these verses does it claim this is an allegory of Sarah and Hagar.  However, God reveals this to Paul in Galatians 4.  This is just one way that God hides truth in the Bible.

We could conclude that only one of these women is now married by just reading this verse.  However, we know from God’s explanation in Galatians that these women are Sarah and Hagar, and both were married to Abraham.  If we recall from New Testament verses that were discussed in previous lessons, if anyone has sex with someone, God considers them to be married to that someone (1 Cor 6:16).  Having casual sex has major covenant consequences in the eyes of God because of the experience of having “carnal knowledge” of that person.  So far this was some review, but as we read down in the rest of Isaiah 54, we can begin to see the solution to God’s puzzle. The answer to what happened to the husband of the Heavenly Jerusalem is found in context of verse 1:

Isa 54:4  Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.

Here in verse 54:4 of Isaiah we see the answer to the question.  The heavenly Jerusalem who was called the barren wife and the free woman in Galatians 4, is now declared to be a widow in the context of Isaiah 54:1.  What exactly is a widow?  This is not a trick question. A widow is a wife whose husband has died.  Uh oh?  That sure makes life difficult for many ministers that we have heard, who claim that God can’t die.  Have you ever heard this before?  That claim appears to contradict verses that we have been studying.

What is death?  That is of course the million dollar question?  We know from the book of Ruth that the only separation of Ruth from her mother-in-law covenant was going to be by death.  We know Ruth said to Naomi, “until death part me from thee”.  Without death we know that the wife is bound to her husband and if she marries another while her husband is alive then she is considered an adulteress.

We saw in Romans 7 that Israel can only be called an adulteress if while her covenant husband God is alive, she has sex with another man and becomes his wife. We know this harlotry is what happened in the O.T. many, many times.  But, Romans 7 says because Jesus died Israel was now freed from that covenant to marry the risen from the dead LORD Jesus in the New Covenant.

No one can deny that based upon scriptures in Jeremiah, Isaiah and Hosea that Israel is called a whore, harlot and adulteress because she has committed sexual union and become married to other idols and gods while God was alive and in covenant with her.  The Living God then divorced Israel His wife, and ended that covenant using the law.  We also know that this heavenly woman if she was married to God, she would be bound by the law of marriage as being one spirit  with her husband also.  So if this heavenly Jerusalem consisted of good and evil angelic beings, how would God get rid of the evil angels, while keeping the good angelic spirits?  Fascinating, isn’t it?

By Jesus Christ being crucified, God accomplished a major accumulation and combination of things simultaneously.  This was God’s demonstration of His true wisdom and power.  Through the death of Jesus Christ, God multi-tasked salvation for us with the termination of His covenant relationship with Satan, simultaneously.  Through this death, it resulted in the heavenly Jerusalem becoming a widow.  She is now free to marry another.  The heavenly Jerusalem was now the widow and that makes it legal for her to marry another by the definition from the Word of God.  But by Satan becoming entangled with Israel under the law, we now see that his relationship with God has now completely ended being separated the separation of death.  Because Jesus Christ was God in the flesh, God died in Jesus Christ.  I guess I could say God tasted death through the body of His son Jesus Christ hanging on the cross (Heb. 2:9), since spirit beings do not actually die as in cease to exist.  Nevertheless, we can see that Satan’s future was sealed due to what transpired on the cross.  So while it is technically impossible for a spiritual being to cease to exist, it is not technically impossible for a spiritual being to experience death.   Through death, He destroyed him that had the power over death (Heb 2:14).   This is why the Bible says if Satan would have known the consequences, he would not have crucified the Lord of Glory (1 Cor 2:8).

We should be able to easily begin to understand now why the Heavenly Jerusalem is called a widow and why God did this.  God would have been one with this spiritual city and all of its inhabitants (angels).  So God could not have legally punished Satan without punishing Himself along with Satan.

 

CONCLUSION

God found himself with a problem that needed to be resolved.  Without the law of divorce how did God terminate His covenant marriage with Satan and his evil angelic beings?  I really hope we are seeing this spiritual reality.  Death is a legitimate separation for every covenant.  Because Christ died, we died.  Why was it necessary to be born again?  To be born again represents another new beginning and an opportunity for a fresh start.  Jesus was called the first born from the dead, so being the firstborn He is the head of this new family.  Jesus now had preeminence over all other spiritual beings.  In heaven Lucifer/Satan use to be the one with the Father, but he is now no longer in covenant with God because of the death of Jesus Christ.  Since we were also crucified with Christ, we too are no longer in covenant with death, hell or Satan, either.  The work of God was full and comprehensive.  By Jesus being crucified on the cross, God accomplished 1) salvation for us, 2) the full payment for sin past, present and future, 3) reconciliation of our relationship with God and 4) the termination of our and His former flesh covenant relationship with Satan.  God is so much smarter than we are and if we can see these things that was just described, we will increase our understanding of the Word of God by leaps and bounds above where we use to be.

Jesus said if you continue in my Word, then you will be my disciples and then you will know the truth and then Jesus said the “truth” that you “know” will set you free.   I pray that the eyes of your understanding will be enlightened in the knowledge of Him.

Understanding Bible Covenants! Part 2 Sex, Infidelity and Divorce

(Ver 2.2) 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.  Please understand that I don’t say this because the main subject is about sex.  I think I may know where some people’s mind is going.  This is a very serious subject and I will warn you that it could be offensive to some.  If you do not consider yourself a mature Christian maybe it would be best if you do not read the rest of this lesson.  Just take that into consideration.   In today’s lesson we want to continue talking about understanding Bible covenants.  I want to provide several new established scriptures to expand our 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 most anything that 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 Christian then please just go read someone else’s Bible lesson for today.  That was warning number two.  Also 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.

 

INTRODUCTION & REVIEW

In the first lesson in this series, we were introduced to some of the basic concepts and parts of what a Bible covenant is and some of what a Bible covenant is not.  we learned that a Bible covenant is like a binding legal contract relationship between two separate individuals but yet it is certainly much more than this.  We then described this legal contract to be equivalent to a natural marriage between a husband and a wife.  We were also introduced to the fact that a Bible covenant relationship can be between any two of the following:

  • A spiritual being (God the Father, Jesus, Lucifer, etc.)
  • A physical being (Abraham)
  • A group of natural beings (natural Israel)
  • A group of spiritual beings (church, angels, etc.)

A covenant will always be between at least two of these categories of individuals of any combination.  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 the last lesson, we saw examples of the natural nation of Israel being in covenant with the creator God.  In these verses, we found scriptures that God called this covenant a marriage relationship.  We can see that in a covenant with God, God is always the Husband representative and the nation, group or individual in covenant with God is always the female wife representative.  This pattern established in the Old Covenant was continued in the New Covenant with Jesus being the husband (bridegroom) and the church being His bride and wife.

In the last lesson we were also introduced  to the concept that when two people or individuals are married, that they become one flesh and/or one spirit.  We found and read scriptures that describes God’s law of marriage that was first given to us in Genesis chapter 2.  I will warn you the third and final time 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 hidden spiritual truths.  If God created natural sex, it must be good and have a very good purpose more than just making us feel good and making babies.

 

NATURAL SEX – A COVENANT PATTERN 

We will begin by saying that sex was of course designed to be limited within the boundary of a covenant marriage between a husband and his wife.  Since we have been talking about covenants as a marriage, it doesn’t take long to realize that sex is a integral part of God’s designed marriage covenant relationship.  This is exactly why Satan wants to pervert sex and make it a casual normal indulgence for anyone and everyone at any time, even younger youth dating.  We can’t watch TV or movies without seeing sex glorified and 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 the physical union of sexual intercourse and intimacy should point us to a greater spiritual covenant relationship within a much higher spiritual dimension.

So, what does sex have to do with Bible covenants?  I want to talk first about the human sexual organs.  As most know these are called the male penis and the female vagina.  Remember I warned you.  What does a male penis have to do with a covenant?  For many mature Christians that study the Bible they already know the answer.  The answer is circumcision.  God introduced circumcision to Abraham in Genesis 17:

Gen 17:9  And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.
Gen 17:10  This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.
Gen 17:11  And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.

This is the first mention of circumcision in the Bible that I know of.  It is also the first direct mention of the male penis that I have found so far.  The male and female sexual union act is first mentioned in Genesis 4:1 and we will talk more about this soon.  Notice in verses 9, 10 and 11 of Genesis 17 God calls this His covenant that Abraham and every generation of male seed that they will keep.  Now, remember what circumcision is and what we discovered in the first lesson.  What is a key component of covenants with God?  There is a verbal agreement made and there is a direct cutting of flesh followed by an immediate flow of blood.  Wow, that makes circumcision to match the pattern of divine covenants, doesn’t it?

Now we need to move to the female sexual organ called the vagina.  God designed the male sexual organ to fill with blood (uh oh, that sounds important) to become erect, and then to enter into female’s vagina to have carnal knowledge with her and this was designed by God to produce offspring (seed from seed).  Now, we need to get into more detail.  The first time a female vagina has carnal knowledge of the male sexual organ,  something happens that does not normally occur ever again.  As you probably remember this is the flow of blood and we are not speaking of the female monthly menses cycle.  Although this monthly cycle applies because of the involvement of blood, as a type of cleansing, this is not the blood flow that represents the covenant between a male and female.  Humans do not normally have sex when a woman is in her monthly cycle.

Ok, let’s get to the main point.  There is a small piece of skin Called the hymen that exists for no apparent reason or purpose within the opening of the vagina of every normal female.  When the male inserts his blood filled sexual organ inside his wife’s vagina for the first time, this medically unknown purposed skin tears and bleeds.  This causes an immediate temporary flow of blood that humans have lowered in importance by labeling it as “popping her cherry”.  This is a major conquest for the ungodly male that doesn’t understand what really just happened in the eyes of God.

This piece of unnecessary female skin that was ripped and torn to bleed is called the hymen.  I believe we can easily begin to see that it was placed in the female vagina by God for the creation of an eternal covenant bond between that human male and his wife.  One reason why this first sexual act is legally binding forever is because the woman does not grow back a new hymen ever again.  It is a one and done covenant.  At least that is what God intended when He created Adam and Eve.  Adam only had one wife with one hymen and that covenant bond lasted them their entire existence on the earth over 900 years.  Wow, we should learn that this was God’s design for every human covenant marriage.  But, this truth soon became perverted shortly afterward in their following generations.

I pray that was not too graphic and that we all received something new to think about when considering who to have sex with.  Just take note of the presence of blood and how many times it was just mentioned.  We have the male covenant with God revealed to be a token by the visible cutting and removing of the unnecessary male foreskin.  We have a female that when she becomes able to bare children begin a monthly flow of blood exactly where the male organ full of blood enters.  Then we had the hymen another unnecessary piece of skin that is torn and bleeds whenever the husband’s first penetration occurs and this act by God’s design produces a husband and wife blood covenant bond that remains in effect until one of them dies physically.

Can we begin to see the power of the blood of God in all of these covenant making connections and parallels?  Can we also begin to see the reasons oof Satan’s attempt to make sexual unions a trivial and meaningless temporary pleasure?  We are going to talk more about this later but we should begin to know that in the eyes of God everyone that we have had sex with who is still alive physically we are in a marriage covenant with that person.  But thank God for the blood of Jesus.  I know what many of you may be thinking.  How do I undo all of the mistake covenants that I have entered into before I knew all of this?  We can simply bring these up to God’s Court in heaven and repent for them, ask Him to apply the blood of Jesus to cleanse us from these unrighteous acts and God’s word in 1 John 1:9 says that “He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.  Thank you Jesus!

 

NATURAL SEX PATTERNS FOUND IN THE
NEW COVENANT SPIRIT REALM

Let us continue by understanding that a spirit does not have physical sex.   Yet this natural sexual act is still found as a pattern for a greater 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.  I already mentioned this verse in the last section, but the first mention of physical sex that I have 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.

This verse in Genesis represents God’s higher way of describing physical sex experienced in the covenant relationship between Adam and his wife Eve.  Recall that since this was the first mention of Adam having sex with Eve her hymen had to be torn and this produced a lasting covenant as well as their “firstborn son” named Cain.

Believe it or not, here we have a pattern of Christ and the church.  Adam, the first man was a created pattern (figure) of Jesus Christ (Rom 5:14) who was to come into the world to die and forgive our sins and then be raised from the dead to marry in covenant His bride, the church.  Jesus implements this covenant by having His flesh pierced, torn and ripped to shed His blood for us.  That is just a quick introduction to the New Covenant.  Let’s get back to our study of the first directly mentioned human sexual act in the Bible.

There is a fascinating concept given to us in this verse in Genesis.  To “know” something or someone, what does that mean?  I’ve often heard the term for sex to be described as having “carnal knowledge of” them.  Carnal knowledge is just another synonymous term for natural covenant making sex.  The actual Hebrew word YADA (H3045) that was translated as “knew” is defined as follows: “to ascertain by seeing”.  It seems to be a form of gaining knowledge, but going further than just a casual surface knowledge of something or someone.  Because to YADA someone means to understand them intimately and personally.  It would be like someone saying “I know of the President” but to really “YADA” the President we would need to spend a lot of personal time with them to really understand them.

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 at least it shouldn’t be.  Let’s think about a different form of knowledge other than physical sex for a moment.  You see, we can also go to school to learn some specific subjects.  For example, we can sit in class to know algebra, to know geometry or to know trigonometry and these are all representative types of having sex within the confines of a physical marriage according to God’s selection and usage of the word. However, people can memorize facts and still not “KNOW” what they mean or how to apply them.  For example many people know Einstein’s theory of relativity is E=MC2.  But to understand what it means and how to make it useful is not to YADA it.

This word to know (YADA) can apply to either type of interaction by God’s design.  You can know a subject intimately so that it becomes a part of you and you understand it and this is representative of a covenant relationship, to know and to understand husband or a wife subject intimately.  Do you remember what Jesus said to us in Matthew 5:27 and 28?  The subject is about extramarital sex which is inline perfectly with our Bible study subject today.  Jesus said “You have heard (in the law) you shall not commit adultery”.  “But, I say to you that a man that looks at a woman to lust after her has committed adultery already in his heart”.  Wow, this sounds like it is time for many of us to repent and ask for forgiveness.  What Jesus is doing is comparing spiritual adultery with natural adultery.  One is the physical realization of the fantasy that we had in our heart and the other is simply the fantasy in our heart that Jesus said makes us guilty already of the sin before we act on it.  Wow, this is amazing and should be an eye opening encounter for us all.  Uh oh!  I can hear minds clicking away to say “well if I already thought about her this way, I should go ahead and just do it since I am already guilty in the eyes of God.  Please don’t be stupid and foolish to fall into that trap of Satan.  Hebrews 11:25 teaches us that Moses chose to suffer affliction with the people of God rather than enjoy the pleasures of in sin for a season.  I guess we will move on.

What we have to see and understand are the concepts given to us by God in His Word.  Understand that there are parallels to knowing a subject (or even fantasizing about someone) and how that is related to the  act of participating in physical sexual knowledge of someone.  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 us the Gospels and the Epistles.  By us studying and having intimate knowledge of Jesus and embracing His Holy Word is the spiritual form of the natural wife having a physical relationship with her natural husband.  In our covenant marriage case we are His wife and He is our husband.  We are intimate with Jesus when we pray and when we read His Word to Know and spend time with Him.

Some might be struggling with the concept of what is being taught today so we are going to read over some key scriptures to help us come closer to a better understanding of the subject of physical sex in relationship with spiritual knowledge more clearly.  We’ll turn to a verse that we may have never studied to learn what God desires for us to understand:

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 covenant relationships utilizing different phrases, words and terms.  Hopefully we can all see that this verse is comparing two opposing types of spiritual covenant relationships.  The first spiritual covenant is between the church and Jesus Christ.  We can see that there is an inferred meaning that the church is now married to Jesus Christ in this statement because of the reference to being members of His body.  Remember when Adam saw his wife he said “she is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh” in Genesis 2:23.  That made Eve the woman the body of Adam the man.  This is what the Law of God says in marriages.

We can see that since we have become the body of Christ (by God’s law of covenant marriage), that we can still go and commit spiritual adultery to make the member of Christ the members of a spiritual harlot simultaneously.  We learn that this is a sexual but spiritual type of knowledge encounter with this woman called a “harlot”.  We can see that it is still possible to be joined spiritually with another besides Jesus.

Again we understand that this is a direct application of God’s law of natural marriage from Genesis 2 being restated and applied using different words in a spiritual application.  According to God, the author of the Bible, to become members of a harlot is to be spiritually connected through having knowledge of) her.  This statement is actually a parallel to some Old Testament realities that transpired many years before Paul wrote these words.  What we can observe and understand from this is an implication that if one wife can commit adultery, then any wife in any covenant relationship (including with Jesus) can commit adultery.  Let’s look at the next verse to learn more confirmation to what is being taught by God:

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 and parallels being given to us by God.  We can very clearly  learn that sexual relations with a harlot in the eyes of God is the exact same thing as a covenant marriage.  That means that having casual sex or a one night stand with any woman whether she is a whore (paid money) or not will cause the two people to be in covenant relationship with each other.  This is not really that complicated.  Everyone that has been alive on the earth for a period of several years understands that people do not pay a prostitute to get married.  No, the transaction and the exchange of money is for a brief pleasure of having sex.  So what people do not realize is that this is not how God views the acts.  God says in verse 16 that the two having this relationship have been joined in a marriage covenant.  The literal Greek word G2853 translated as “joined” literally means to “glue” together two separate pieces.  I do not believe people see it this way since it looks like it is just a temporary pleasure.

In the eyes of God having sex is a marriage and a marriage means there should have been sexual intimacy between a covenant husband and his wife.  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.  According to God, even a casual one night stand causes the participants to be in a covenant binding 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 accused this married man of having had sex with them.  I also heard a rock star brag that he had sexual encounters with over a 1000 women and girls while touring with the rock band.  He literally boasted that he had photos to prove it. But, according to these scripture verses that we just read these men now have 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 verify all of 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 spiritual type of sexual relationship just based upon the context of the surrounding verses speaking about people who have sex with harlots at the same time as being in covenant with Jesus Christ.  In fact these verses are a warning written to the spiritual bride of Jesus telling her not to be involved with joining herself with other gods, idols, the worldly desires and lusts or whoever or whatever.

There are certainly many things to consider about these statements and we can apply them to both natural and spiritual covenant relationships.  These constitute concepts of physical faithfulness and they should apply to us in our spiritual relationship with Christ as well.  The bottom line of these verses in 1 Corinthians 6 point us to being faithful to Christ Jesus our husband and not to wander off with a deception or trick of Satan.

 

SPIRITUTAL SEXUAL INFIDELITY AND ADULTERY

These are all very stout and strong words and concepts given to us in the Bible concerning being in binding covenant relationship with the right and wrong individuals.  What we thought was only a temporary pleasurable encounter has been raised to a very serious level of critical importance.  I pray that everyone is learning the significance.  These concepts and words appear to have not been clearly understood before now by very many Christians .  But, before we go to the Old Testament let me show the law of marriage again restated differently for us in the New Testament which introduces us to a new concept called adultery which we should see and know as the act of being married to multiple covenant sexual partners at the same time:

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 just learned about the term “know”.  To know something or someone is a sexual term that denotes a covenant act in a covenant relationship.  So this verse is written to those that were in covenant with Jehovah God and His law and this could only be the natural nation of Israel.  We know this because the Law was given to them by Moses on Mt Sinai after coming out of Egypt.  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 that knows the law is legally bound to the covenant 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 (Jer 31:32).  So we are told by God that this group or nation of natural people were bound (in bondage) by the law of God as long as He lives.  God says very clearly that only when the husband is dead is she free to marry (enter covenant) 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 a sexual act of adultery.  Adultery is defined as “an extramarital sexual affair” and this “infidelity” is known as unfaithfulness.   This is what is called the state of being unfaithful to your covenant spouse.  Are we 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 follows after a pattern of natural sex and is treated no differently by God.  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.  This was Israel, His wife making herself in covenant relationship and being joined with other gods as we have just learned from the New Testament.  Let us start looking at some Key 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 a struggle 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 even while being married to the living covenant God.  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 and this husband is not God.  The implications to these statements are huge and very powerful.  The ramifications and consequences to Israel’s acts of unfaithfulness are enormous.  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 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 just divorced Israel, because of her repeated adulteries.  If you recall from the definition of an adulteress in 1 Corinthians, an adulteress is any woman who has sexual knowledge outside of her covenant marriage while her husband still lives.  God says backsliding Israel has committed adultery while I yet lived as their husband.  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 divorced by law and no longer could be called the covenant wife of God but she is called the wife of another man in this book and others because of her sexual relationships with those gods.  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 Israel?  Let us confirm the divorce for the naysayers so there is no confusion:  Please read another witness from the prophet Isaiah:

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.

Here we can clearly see God speaking about His covenant wife Israel.   This verse was written to the Lord Jesus speaking to Him to ask His mother about her divorce.  What I want you to see that God very clearly says “I have put her away”.  This Hebrew word translated as put away means to cast out.   Also in this verse God uses the Hebrew word H3748 that is only used 4 times in the O.T.  This word is translated as “divorcement” here and it literally means a cutting of the marital bonds.  The only other time this word is used is found in Jeremiah 3:8 that we just looked at and in the Law of Moses written in Deuteronomy 24:1-3 where God permits divorce because of the hardness of the hearts of the people of Israel according to Jesus in Matthew.  Let’s look at that verse quickly:

Mat 19:8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.

Notice what Jesus teaches about covenant relationships.  Jesus said there was a time when this was permitted but it was only because they were hard hearted.  Then Jesus says very clearly that this was not the intended design of God from the beginning.  This would help confirm to us why God wrote in Malachi 2:6 that it is written that God hates divorce.  God does not want to divorce anyone.  God also does not want anyone in the world to divorce each other either.  Divorce is far from the perfect will of God.  God only permitted divorce under the law because of Israel’s repeated unfaithfulness while committing whoredom over and over and over.  Let’s look at another verse that Jesus directly speaks concerning 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 here in this verse in Matthew.  Here we have Jesus speaking of divorce as not being a legitimate alternative to end any covenant relationship except for the reason of “fornication”.  The Greek word G4202 that was translated as “fornication” here actually means “Harlotry” or “whoredon”.  I have not heard many or any Christian leaders, preachers and teachers teaching these concepts.  I wonder why?  Do they exist in the Bible?  It is also interesting that harlotry is the physical or natural meaning of this Greek word, but it also conveys the spiritual meaning of “idolatry” in the case of natural Israel.  In the case of God’s relationship with natural Israel His wife, the sole legal reason for His divorce to her is based upon Israel’s constant interaction with other gods, religions and their idols.  They worshipped false gods and idols instead of the true and living God.  They became those that worshiped the 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 the verse by the translator thinking that they were making a comparison, but Israel was the covenant wife by God’s own admission that God was speaking to in this verse.  It goes on to describe her as a woman that has “departed” and “left” her husband.  God does not like that one bit.  A wife should not depart from her loving husband ever.  In this verse it is implies that she (Israel) has left her husband for another man.  I wonder why these scriptures are not taught and have been overlooked and ignored in the Bible?  Are these verses written in the Holy 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 natural Israel?  If you don’t know the answers to these questions, you should.  They are truly important to your understanding of the Word of God.

I have to limit the number of verses that I could include on this subject due to lesson length.  But please understand that just because I gave you a few verses, it doesn’t mean that there are not many, many others that say the same thing.  You are welcome to search and find them out for yourself.   You can find many verses of the whoredom of Israel in Jeremiah  3,  16, Ezekiel 16, 20, 23 and 43 and the book of Hosea to name the major references.  Go read them and study them all for your self and learn what spiritual adultery represents.  This was a woman that has left her husband to go and commit an act of sexual knowledge with another god besides her husband.

What I did was attempt to give you a foundational overview of a very complex subject, showing you how natural things are directly related to spiritual things.  Marriage, sex, infidelity and divorce are all subjects that you should be familiar with in the natural.  But, knowing how to apply them to God’s designed 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 at least implies that this old covenant is over and done with for God the Father but not for natural Israel because of the law.   Let’s go back to Romans and see a verse that I did not give you yet about this subject of covenant marriage:

Rom 7:4  Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

Here is a complex verse that does not make any sense if you do not see that it was only written to those that “knew” the law.  God says you that knew the law have been freed from that bondage of covenant relationship because your husband God died on the cross in the flesh.  Then God says directly to these people that were bound to that covenant that they could be married in covenant with another man named the risen from the dead the Lord Jesus Christ.   You see this verse does not make any sense for a Gentile that was never in covenant marriage with God.  It can only apply to the natural nation of Israel.  Any way we look at it, the natural nation of Israel must enter into the marriage covenant with Jesus Christ or they will not enter into everlasting life.  Jesus declared quite literally that He was the only way to the Father and that no one could enter in by any other way and that means covenant also.

There are multiple implied verses given to us in the Bible that the woman natural Israel 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 already know that you must have been living in a vacuum or a bubble.  Satan is trying diligently 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 deep trouble.  These weapons are not for defense, they are for the sole purpose of eliminating Israel.  Many Christians view natural Israel and call them God’s chosen people and assume that is why Satan wants to kill them.  I would suggest that Satan may want to kill them for a different reason.  Perhaps in my next bible lesson 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“.