MemberAugust 19, 2020 at 11:13 am
Hi, Sister Theresa.
Another interesting question we could pose would be, “would a wife really be loving her husband as Israel is to love Mashiyach if she selfishly objects to him marrying a second wife, especially when polygyny is perfectly in keeping with Yah’s Law and will?” I would say no. This topic (polygyny) is one that I’ve studied extensively with my wife, and we are now very excited about the prospect of adding another wife to the family. It’s all about where your heart is at. And if a woman is being led by a righteous man, and if she is for Yah and His Law, and if she if for her husband, and if she if secure in herself as a woman and a wife, then she will welcome her husband taking additional wives with open arms.
Regarding your comment that Mashiyach (Christ) has one bride, this is definitely not the case. Take for example the Parable of the 10 Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13), which Mashiyach uses to describe the Kingdom. In this parable there is one man (who represents the Messiah) who is about to marry ten virgins. This is a clear instance of a NT passage in support of polygyny. Finally, that fact that Mashiyach uses polygyny yo describe the Kingdom supports the prophecy we find in Isaiah 4:1-2; here we learn that, in the Kingdom, seven women will take hold of one man and marry him, and such a thing is described by the Prophet as “beautiful and glorious” (vv. 2). Beyond this, there are plenty of other examples where Mashiyach (who is the Elohim/God of the OT) describes Himself as the husband of two wives. I would direct you to Jeremiah 3, Ezekiel 16 and Ezekiel 23. A fourth example can be found in Jeremiah 33:31-33, where the Most High talks about the New Covenant with Israel and Judah (the two wives). Here, at the end of Verse 32 He describes Himself as a “husband to them” (emphasis added).
To your point about the NT suggesting one woman to one man, this is not the case. The principle of polygyny can be found in the non-gender neutrality of certain statements made about marriage in the NT. Three examples are Romans 7:1-3, 1 Corinthians 7:10-11, and 1 Corinthians 7:39 (see the brief discussion below).
1) Romans 7:1-3 speaks about a woman being bound to one husband for life, but it does not say the same thing about a man being bound to one woman for life. The reason why is of course because a man can have more than one wife simultaneously. Sha’ul (Paul) was of course well aware this.
2) Secondly, in 1 Corinthians 7:10-11, Sha’ul teaches that if a woman departs from her husband she must either remain single or return to her husband; however, he does place the same restriction on the husband. Now, the reason why a woman must either remain single or return of her husband if she departs is because she remains married even though she departs; and since a woman can only have one husband simultaneously, she can’t marry anyone else. However, the fact that there is no restriction placed on a man who departs from his wife is telling. He is permitted to marry again even though he is still married to the first wife.
3) Thirdly, in 1 Corinthians 7:39, the Apostle again teaches that a wife is bound to a single husband for life, but the same is not said in the inverse. Again, the reason why is because a man can have more than one wife simultaneously, while a woman cannot.
Finally, regarding your comment about a man looking at another woman with lust, you’ve misunderstood Matthew 5:28. I can post a follow-up comment on this if you like.
Hope that all helps!