What GOD Has JOINED Together – Divorcing BAAL
Call Me Rebellious or Merciful?
My heart is heavy, brothers and sisters. Yes, I recently came into the biblical teaching of God’s Law on Marriage and Divorce. The issue that rips my heart is the question posed, “What if I married in ignorance, a man or woman who treated me horribly. S/he cheated on me all the time, drained the finances with their sinful living (could be drug addiction, hiring prostitutes, gambling, drinking parties, extravagant spending), lied to me perpetually or abused me physically and verbally, etc.” Maybe the spouse abused their children (and/or beloved pets!). And happening more and more, what if your spouse comes "out of the closet"?! Anyone heard of Narcissism? Truly, a Narcissist is disguised as "an angel of Light", but truly the devil to the core. Many unsuspecting men and women end up marrying such a deceiver, only to see the mask fall off once the nuptials are "set in stone".
I hear of husbands who have never been married before, rescuing that woman from such a treacherous marriage and subsequent divorce (or vise versa). According to the teachings of MDA (Marriage, Divorce, Adultery), the letter of the Law is to be obeyed, else it’s a matter of eternal damnation. That woman was in a "covenant marriage" with that son-of-Satan and even if divorced, she is to remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband, unless he dies. Being a child of God, she certainly can’t murder her evil ex-spouse, nor should she pray that God take his life (same thing). God doesn’t necessarily save that evil one, either (1 Cor 7:16). Is it righteous that she remain alone, raising her children and never have a Godly husband? For if she marries again, she is not only an adulteress, but her husband is now guilty of ongoing, non-repentant adultery because he married her?
Let’s call adultery for what it is. Jesus defined adultery clearly for us in Mat 5:32, Mat 19:9, Mark 10:11-12 and Luke 16:18. These all tell us that to be divorced and marry another is to commit adultery, as well as the one who marries a divorcee (whose covenant spouse still lives) is guilty of the same, thus breaking the seventh Commandment. With that in mind, let’s now go over to Hosea 4:14, for God appears to have MERCY in the following circumstance:
“I will not punish your daughters when they commit whoredom [porneuó], nor your spouses when they commit adultery [moicheuó]: for themselves [the fathers/husbands] are separated with whores, and they sacrifice with harlots: therefore the people that doth not understand shall fall.” This is not only a consequence to such fathers/husbands, but the mercy of God upon their daughters and wives!
Some commentators state this means God will no longer discipline them, but hands them over to their own lusts. Not according to the Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
14. I will not punish . daughters-I will visit with the heaviest punishments "not" the unchaste "daughters and spouses," but the fathers and husbands; for it is these who "themselves" have set the bad example, so that as compared with the punishment of the latter, that of the former shall seem as nothing [Munster].
I looked at Israel, who is the betrothed Bride of YHWH, according to Hos 2:19 “And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.” When a woman is betrothed to a man, she is considered his wife, as shown in Mat 1:19-20: “Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away [divorce] privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.”
Like Mary was to Joseph, Israel is the betrothed Bride of YHWH. However, in Jer 3:8 we read, “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;” In spite of this, God said in vs. 14 “Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you:” God certainly was not a treacherous Husband!
When I read Hos 2:16 “And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shalt call me Ishi [loving Husband]; and shalt call me no more Baali [Slave-Master/Property-owner Husband]”, I wondered if ‘Baali’ meant betrothed husband. It actually means a fully consummated husband, one who has every right to divorce his wife with or without her consent. This then brought me to the god whom Israel was committing “adultery” with, namely BAAL. If Baal caused Israel to become an Adulteress by her idolatry, YHWH demanded she forsake Baal and return to her first-love Covenant with HIM (Rev 2:4).
Consider the Law of Moses for a moment. That Law is likened to a first husband, one who is against the Bride and condemns her.
1 Tim 1:9-10 “Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;”
If we look at Rom 7:3-4 we read:
“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. 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.”
Eph 2:15 tells us what happened to that first “husband”, thanks to our Savior, our original Bridegroom! “Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;” Where do we see “they are no more twain, but one flesh”? Mat 19:6 “Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”
What GOD Has Joined Together?
Did God join Israel to Baal? Likewise, if a woman or man marries someone in ignorance who ends up practicing all the treachery of a son/daughter of Satan, can we dare say that God joined them together? Did Adam and Eve belong to Satan when they chose to become his servants? They still belonged to God, but became slaves to Baal! Just as Hosea had to go REDEEM (buy back) his WIFE from slavery, the whole New Covenant is about how our Bridegroom bought us back from slavery! Did ANYONE belong to Satan before they belong(ed) to the Creator? NO!! Acts 17:30 tells us, “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent.”
I read how Israel was forbidden to marry foreigners and how in Ezra 10:3 they divorced them in repentance. Were these 'unlawful' marriages simply because they married foreign wives? Don't be ignorant! Consider Ruth, a foreigner, who joined the Jewish people and married Boaz! (Ruth 1-2). Likewise, many born-again believers who have come to realise they are living in adulterous marriages today have divorced that spouse in repentance and remain unmarried or returned to their covenant spouse. Israel was not to participate in any form of idolatry (introduced by foreign wives). They were to purge sinful behavior from amongst them, including adultery. Surely, God used Hosea’s marriage to a wife of prostitution as an example of God’s love and mercy, and she had to be the worst of the worst spouses! It's vital to note that Hosea was 1) directed by God to marry her and obeyed and 2) Gomer was a Hebrewess. Does this example of such a covenant marriage therefore, apply to believers who ignorantly married someone who ended up NOT of spiritual Israel (wolves in sheep's clothing), but rather are sons/daughters of Baal? Can we really say so?
I just want to point out an example of a marriage God did NOT join together. Just read the story of Esther. King Xerxes had a wife who would not submit to him as husband and king. God fore-ordained that the king would banish that wife and choose to marry Esther, a Hebrewess and God's servant. Esther was predestined by God to marry King Xerxes to save the Jewish people from Haman's destructive trickery. The Bible does NOT declare that King Xerxes had his original wife killed, nor does it state she died before he took Esther as his queen.
What if we were to take 2 Cor 6:14 as a commandment? “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” This is a preventative scripture! It does not mean we divorce our spouse because s/he is an unbeliever. Some unbelievers live peaceably and are wonderful spouses and parents. In fact, God’s Word states the unbelieving spouse is sanctified (set apart) by the faith of the believing spouse (1 Cor 7:14), so that their children are CLEAN. This does not constitute the unbelieving spouse as saved, however (1 Cor 7:16).
The Law of the LORD is stated clearly in 1 Cor 7:10-11
"And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart [chórizó: to separate, divide] from her husband: But and if she depart [Aorist Indicative - if she has departed or been divorced], let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband (see, he is yet her husband); and let not the husband put away [apostasion - a forsaking, spec. (bill of) divorce] his wife."
However, in 1 Cor 7:12-13 Paul goes on to say, “But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away [apostasion - a forsaking, spec. (bill of) divorce]. And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him [aphiémi - to send away, leave alone, permit].”
Regarding "let him not" and "let her not", let's go back to Mat 19:6 and compare it to what is known as the "Pauline Privilege" in 1 Cor 7:15:
- Mat 19:6 "Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together [suzeugnumi: to yoke together], let not man put asunder [chórizó: to separate, divide]."
- 1 Cor 7:15 "But if the unbelieving depart [chórizó: to separate, divide], let him depart [chórizó: to separate, divide]. A brother or a sister [believer] is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.
Do you think the Apostle Paul contradicted Jesus here? I think NOT. "What God has joined together, LET NOT man put asunder [chórizó]" and "If the UNBELIEVING depart, LET him depart [chórizó]" do not contradict, but clarify our LORD's intention for covenant marriage. We must keep in mind that Paul was an Apostle to the Gentiles, a people who never had the Law of God and had no knowledge of His Commandments. It is likely, most if not all Gentile marriages were yoked together in unbelief. Once they heard the gospel, one of the two might believe, while the other might not. Paul gave instructions regarding unequally yoked marriages because of this pre-condition.
Passover and Freedom from Slavery
Whenever I think of Passover, Jesus commanded His disciples in Luke 22:19, “this do in remembrance of Me.” The very first Passover was established when God chose to spare Israel from the final plague, just before Her deliverance from Egypt, when the angel of death was sent to claim the lives of every firstborn male (including animals) throughout the land. The death angel passed over their homes, sparing their lives, because the blood of a lamb was painted on their doorframes.
I liken Egypt to Satan’s enslavement of God’s Bride! YHWH delivered His betrothed Bride from slavery and expects Her to remain faithful to Him. I liken Egypt to ‘Baal’, the slavemaster/lord/'husband' of YHWH’s Wife! Should he use the ‘Law of God’ to entrap her and keep her from redemption by her loving Husband, “Ishi”?! See, 2 Cor 3:6 tells us “Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.”! Satan knows the letter kills and I, for one, am not going to proclaim eternal damnation on a woman or man that has been divorced from what MDA deems a 'covenant marriage' because of ignorance and blatant treachery. Again, God’s mercy is shown in Hos 4:14 for such cases.
Acountability and Compassion
I am not a proponent of divorce and remarriage by any means. I am not going to tell you to break a Commandment of God. The churches have FAILED to teach God’s perfect Law of marriage and divorce for centuries, resulting in complete ignorance of the sheep. What is the best we can do? Learn the Truth and teach it to your children! Prevent ongoing ignorance and its painful consequences!
- Do not fornicate prior to marriage (Deut 22:13-20; 1 Cor 6:18).
- Choose to marry a child of God (2 Cor 6:14),
- Give time for a betrothal to test the faithfulness/fidelity of a potential, future spouse. (Jewish marriage customs).
- Like Hosea, once in covenant, remain faithful through all things, past sins, adultery, extra-marital children, even abandonment. Work through it with God’s help! Did you know there is a presumed parentage law in the US that deems the child(ren) born of adultery to be the child(ren) of the husband? The biological father has no rights whatsoever (Hosea 1-3).
- If a divorce takes place, don’t marry again without seeking God's Word on the matter! Consider His definition of adultery in the gospels (Mat 5:32, Mat 19:9, Mark 10:11-12 and Luke 16:18)! Consider the seventh Commandment! (Ex 20:14) As God does with us (John 8:11), give your spouse time to repent and return to your covenant marriage, as God is doing with Israel. Forgive, show mercy, for as you do so to your covenant spouse, God promises to do to you (Mat 5:7; Luke 6:36).
- Do not divorce, but remain in covenant with your spouse until death (even if you live apart for periods of time to give room for soul-searching and repentance - 1 Cor 7:5). As Paul directed us in 1 Cor 7:11, if one is divorced, s/he is to remain unmarried or be reconciled to the spouse (1 Cor 7:10-16).
- Remember, remarriage while your covenant spouse still lives is adultery. God will have mercy upon whom He will have mercy (Hos 4:14; Rom 9:18).
This has not been an easy article to write. I don’t want to be held responsible for condoning divorce or remarriage. I uphold God’s Law on marriage and divorce; however, I had to speak my heart regarding the ignorant marriage of someone to another who is an evil person, resulting in divorce. I simply cannot see how God would enslave that one to such an evil spouse until death, or prevent him or her from a Godly marriage that honors covenant vows, both to God and to each other. Amen.
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