Bible Polygyny

And there was a certain man ..and his name was Elkanah, .an Ephrathite. And he had two wives,… 1Sam 1:1-2.


That God Himself has more than one wife (in a figure of course) comes as an earth shattering shock to most Bible believing Christians. It is a shock because they have not been taught the truth. They trusted their pulpits but most pulpits fail when it comes to polygyny.

God is polygynous in His relationship with Israel; "I was a husband to THEM, says the Lord". Perhaps the Word has a mistake after all?

The God of the Baptists, the Methodists and any other denomination we can name is polygynous. Watch out for the falling stained glass windows; take cover friends. All those who claim to be standing on the Word might need to rethink.

Such folk assume that God ordained monogamy, and only had one "marriage" relationship as the Lord (husband) of Israel. This position exposes terrible ignorance of the Word of God and is another example of the lengths some Christians will go to to avoid facing the truth. Denying God's Word is not an option.

God is not a monogamous God and the Scriptures plainly show He was in a "marriage" relationship with two sisters and the consistency of this figure is so often in the prophets that we are amazed it is ignored or suppressed.

In Ezekiel 23 the Lord speaks of the divided kingdom of Israel as two wives who had committed adultery.

Eze 23:1  The Word of Jehovah came again to me,
Eze 23:2  Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother.
Eze 23:3  And they fornicated in Egypt; they whored in their youth, their breasts were handled, and there their virgin nipples were worked.
Eze 23:4  And their names were Oholah, the oldest, and Oholibah, her sister. And they were Mine, and they bore sons and daughters. And their names: Samaria is Oholah, and Jerusalem is Oholibah.
Eze 23:36-37  And Jehovah said to me: Son of man, will you judge Oholah and Oholibah, and declare to them their abominations, that they have committed adultery,

These two sisters “were mine”, says the Lord and “they bore Him sons and daughters”.

Notice THEY committed adultery, not God who was husband to both of them. They turned away and broke their marriage vows, married people commit adultery, not single people.

God does not hesitate to speak of having two wives which, though in a figure, demonstrates that polygamy is not the grave sin as some avow unless God uses the language of sin and in a figure embraces it. Does God engage in wickedness? Of course not, but tradition calls polygyny wickedness and in so doing are contrary to God, His Word and His actions.

If polygamy is adultery as the traditions avow, then God is an adulterer which is an abhorrent suggestion and it is tradition which needs to re-examine its falsehood that polygamy is adultery.

If polygamy was adultery then any sons or daughters of one or both of God's wives would have to be illegitimate according to tradition but of course we have to acknowledge that the Saviour came through Judah, the southern Kingdom; one of God's wives.

Let us note the consistency of the prophets in the matter of God's two wives by reading Jeremiah;

Jer 3:1 They say, If a man puts away his wife, and she goes from him and will be for another man, will he return to her again? Would not that land be greatly defiled? But you play the harlot with many lovers; yet come back to Me, says Jehovah.

The Lord through the prophet is addressing the northern Kingdom of Israel as this verse shows:
Jer 3:6 Jehovah also said to me in the days of Josiah the king, Have you seen that which backsliding Israel has done? She has gone up on every high mountain and under every green tree, and has fornicated there.
Jer 3:7 And I said after she had done all these things, Turn to Me! But she did not return. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it.

As in Ezekiel, Jeremiah speaks of these two sisters as playing the harlot against their husband, God.
Jer 3:8 And I saw, when for all the causes for which backsliding Israel committed adultery, I sent her away and gave a bill of divorce to her, yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but she went and whored, she also.

Through ignorance, Christians, who call polygamy sin or adultery, implicate God in wickedness. Did God permit Himself to act below His own high standards here? Does God have a permissive will for Himself?

Sin is that which falls short of the will of God, if polygamy is falling short of God's "perfect" will, then tradition is unwittingly suggesting God is a sinner, falling short of His own "perfect" will.

Misinformed missionaries in polygynous cultures
demand that men put away wives and all turn to monogamy. It is doubtful they would demand the same of God who clearly said:
Jer 31:31 Behold, the days come, says Jehovah, that I will cut a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah,
Jer 31:32 not according to the covenant that I cut with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which covenant of Mine they broke, although I was a husband to them, says Jehovah;

How plain can it be, God says He was "a husband to THEM". Them means more than one.

The Lord was not a husband to "their fathers" since that would make God a homosexual or homoerotic. No, the Lord was a husband to the two sisters as he declared in Ez.23; the house of Israel and the house of Judah;
Jer 31:31 Behold, the days come, says Jehovah, that I will cut a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah,

The New Covenant passage is addressed to the two (figurative) sister wives of God.

God did not engage in wickedness because he applied the "permissive will" to Himself. If polygyny was wickedness God would not have stooped to embrace it even figuratively. The fact that God had two wives in a figure certainly would shock the foundations of the local "born again" assemblies most of whom claim to be New Covenant Christians.

If you as a Christian feel some sense of betrayal by those you trusted to teach you accurately, then we understand. But every day is an opportunity for each of us to rightly divide the Word of Truth and avoid shame in that Day.

God is not a monogamous God, our God has two wives in His relationship with the two kingdoms of Israel.

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