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The Bible and the Joke Book on
Patriarchal, Civil and Common Law

Walter Kay

Perhaps more than you ever wanted to know about the Bible and Marriage.
Answers to questions many Pastors and Priests will avoid or not answer.

At least stay tuned for the jokes.

* Patriarchal Marriages and Polygamy in the Old Testament.
* Was Moses a polygamist?
* Was God a polygamist?
* Marriage and the Joke Book.
* Sex in marriage, what the Joke Books say.
* The Church and State change God's Marriage laws.
* The 90 day wonder.
* A sexless marriage, except by mutual agreement, is a violation of 1 Corinthians 7:3,5 and Exodus 21:10.
* Marriage, a Contract of Obedience and Protection.
* War and Marriage.
* George Gordon School of Law on Marriage.
   * The marriage license and birth certificate makes us all slaves on Big Brother's plantation.
   * 32 reasons why not to have a Marriage License.
   * Common Law Marriage.
   * The reason for a modern day Marriage License.
   * Polygamy's a vertically integrated corporation.
* In the Old Testament, God divorces Israel.
* In the New Testament, sister Judah divorces God.
* Can a man take back a divorced wife?

First - The Old Testament

Patriarchal Marriages and Polygamy in the Old Testament

Genesis 4:19. And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.

Genesis 32:22. And he (Jacob) rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok.

Genesis 36:2. Esau took his wives of the daughters of Canaan; Adah the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Aholibamah the daughter of Anah the daughter of Zibeon the Hivite

Genesis 37:2. These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report.

Deuteronomy 21:15. If a man have two wives, one beloved, and another hated, and they have born him children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the firstborn son be hers that was hated: Then it shall be, when he maketh his sons to inherit that which he hath, that he may not make the son of the beloved firstborn before the son of the hated, which is indeed the firstborn:

Exodus 21:10. If he take him another wife; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish.

  In the Book of Deuteronomy Moses delivered God's Law to the people including, "Thou shalt not commit adultery". Many believe that Moses had two wives. If this is the case, then perhaps polygamy is not adultery but adultery is something else.

Was Moses A Polygamist?

   Some might be surprised to learn that Moses may have been a polygamist. Although we cannot know this for certain, what is fairly certain is that Moses had two wives: 1) Zipporah (Exodus 2:15-16,21 and Exodus 18:1-6 2) and an Ethiopian woman (Numbers 12:1-15). Of course, it is possible that the first wife died before Moses married his second wife. The Bible simply doesn't tell us.

   Some have suggested that Zipporah and the Ethiopian woman were one and the same. However, Zipporah was of the tribe of Midian. Genesis 25:1-3 shows that Midian was one of the six sons born unto Abraham by Keturah. Therefore, Zipporah was a descendant of Abraham. Abraham was a descendant of Noah's son Shem, according to Genesis 10:1; 11:11-27.

   But the Ethiopian woman descended from Cush, who descended from a different son of Noah, Ham (Genesis 10:1,6). Therefore, since Zipporah was a descendent of Noah's son, Shem, and since the Ethiopian woman who was a descendant of Ham, Shem's brother, Zipporah and the Ethiopian woman could not have been the same person. Furthermore, we can determine the timing of Moses' two marriages.

   The record of Moses' marriage to the Ethiopian woman is found in Numbers 33:1-49,17, 11:35, and 12:1-16. This is much later than Moses' marriage to Zipporah in recorded in Exodus 2:15,22.

1 Samuel 1:2. And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.

1 Samuel 25:43. David also took Ahinoam of Jezreel; and they were also both of them his wives.

1 Samuel 30:5. And David's two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite.
18. And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away: and David rescued his two wives.

2 Samuel 2:2. So David went up thither, and his two wives also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail Nabal's wife the Carmelite.

2 Samuel 12: 1. And the LORD sent Nathan unto David.
8. And I gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.

QUESTION: Who gave David multiple wives?    _________________________

1 Chronicles 4:5. And Ashur the father of Tekoa had two wives, Helah and Naarah.

2 Chronicles 24:2. And Joash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest.
3. And Jehoiada took for him two wives; and he begat sons and daughters.

"I never could understand why a man should not be allowed to have more than one wife."
"Well after your are married you'll how the law protects those who are incapable of protecting themselves."

Comes now the State and Church making
Patriarchal Marriages, Polygamy and Common Law marriages illegal
licensing Civil Marriage and making Same Sex and Mixed Marriages legal.
in the Catholic Church, forbidding Priests to marry.
(1 Timothy 4:3)

Marriage and the Joke Book

  Long ago I belonged to a speech club somewhat like the Toastmasters. I needed a joke for my talk. So I opened a book titled 10,000 Jokes Toasts & StoriesUnder the heading LOVE COURTSHIP AND MARRIAGE I found the heading MARRIED LIFE. The chapter contains 594 jokes about married life. Looking for a joke suitable for my talk, after reading just 13 jokes found this joke. #2228.
#2228 "And just how many closets are in the house you just bought, dear?" asked the sweat dear young bride.
     "There are sixteen," replied the husband.
"But that's hardly enough, Bill."
     "What do you want with more than sixteen closets? That, enough to hang your clothes in isn't it?"
"Yes dear, but you will want part of one for your clothes, won't you Bill?"

   Reading that joke was a shock to me. I raced upstairs to look in my closet  I had a few shirts and pants and two pair of shoes. One for work, the other for home. But the rest of my closet was stuffed with her clothes.

   Looking into her over stuffed closet I did not see any of my clothes. I went to the children's room to look into their closet. Mostly her clothes. Likewise the children's drawers were filled with her clothes.

   I studied and cataloged the Married Life Jokes. My talk at the speech club later that week was about the joke book and what jokes could tell us about married life. My marriage was not happy. Later, during the divorce, I studied lawyers by reading the jokes about lawyers.

#7419 Lawyer: One who defends your estate against an enemy in order to appropriate it to himself.

   This joke, when applied to marriage and divorce, teaches that often, the only winners in the divorce court are the two opposing lawyers.

"Do you believe in marriage between same sex couples?"
 "Yes, they need the 'benefits' of frustrating divorce courts, huge lawyer's fees, and bankrupting alimony."

Here is what the joke book teaches about marriage:

Of the first 215 jokes about married life, a sample, they can be classified into four basic groups.

(1) Marital humor not critical of either husband or wife. (36% ) For example #2366.      "Are they a well mated couple?
     "Yes, indeed; he snores and she's deaf."
(2) Jokes unfavorable to the wife. (56%) Hubby- "You are only affectionate when you want money."
"And isn't that often enough?"
(3) Jokes unfavorable to the husband. (8%) Wife asks a friend, "Does your husband have any favorite form of exercise?'
The friend replied- "Yes. Last week he was out seven nights running."
(4) That marriage is not a happy state of affairs. (17%)

The joke book testifies that the Modern State Licensed Marriage is not a happy place.

Government official- "Are you married or single?"
Applicant-      "Married."
Officer-         "Where were you married?"
Applicant-     "I don't know".
Officer-         "You don't know here were you married?"
Applicant-     "I Oh, I thought you said 'why'."

So there are seven times more jokes against the wife than against the husband while 17% of the jokes indicate that married life is not happy. No jokes reflected a happy married life. So the joke book teaches, to be happy, don't get married.

Concerning the husband the jokes about the husband say he stays out late, won't work and gets drunk.

Away from home or out late Husband- (arriving home late) "Guess where I've been?"
Wife- "I can; but you go on with your story."
No desire to work    "You seem to have the oddest name for your husband/" Said Mrs. Brown to her neighbor. "Imagine calling him Theory. Why do you call him Theory?"
   Came the reply, "He so seldom works."

Caller- “Good morning, Mrs. Smith. I’m from the gas company. I understand that there is something in the house that doesn’t work?”
Mrs. Smith- “Yes, he’s upstairs.”

Gets drunk    Did you hear the one about the woman whose husband was rapidly becoming an alcoholic? She decided to use a recommended cure. She dressed up like the devil and hid behind a tree so as to meet him on his drunk and staggering way home late. When hubby came by, she confronted him, dressed in her red outfit, long horns, red tail and pitchfork.
   “Who in hell are y—you?” the hubby stammered.
“The devil you drunkard! The devil, that’s who!”
   “Well, fer goodness shakes, Buddy, c’mon home, I married y—yyour shister.”

So why does the husband lack a desire to work, get drunk and stay out late? The joke book answers, "The wife can't or won't cook, shows no respect, spends too much of his money on herself, especially clothing. She is bossy and nags and sometimes engages in domestic violence against her husband. And there is little or no sex life. (She does not love, honor or obey.)

Can't or won't cook Wife- "Now Jack dear, if I do all the cooking for a month, what will I get?"
Husband- "You'll get my life insurance and you're freedom."
Spends too much money on herself or spends unwisely.


Wife- "You don't love me any more. When you see me crying now, you don't ask why."
Husband- "I'm awfully sorry, my dear, but those questions have already cost me such a lot of money."

A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man.

A man said his credit card was stolen but he decided not to report it because the thief was spending less than his wife did.

"Does a rabbit's foot really bring good luck?"
"I should say so. My wife felt one in my pocket once and thought it was a mouse."

Buys too many clothes for herself. "The clothes that make the woman are the ones that break the man."

"She has positively nothing to wear and has four full closets to prove it."

"What another new dress? How ever do you think I can find the money to pay for it?
"Darling you know I'm not inquisitive."



Bossy and nags.



Wife- "I'm going to give you a piece of my mind."
Husband- "Just a small helping please."

Mrs. Green- "You seem rather horse this morning , Mrs. Brown.”
Mrs. Brown- “Yes, my husband came home very late last night.”

   A Mormon once pushed Mark Twain into a debate on the issue of polygamy. After lengthy and tedious expositions justifying the practice, the Mormon demanded that Twain cite any line of Scripture expressly forbidding polygamy. “Nothing easier,” he answered. “No man can serve two masters."

A good book about marriage is VENUS ON FIRE MARS ON ICE by Dr. John Gray. Chapter 6 has a solution to the nagging problem.
No respect. Wife- (heatedly) "You're lazy, you're worthless, you're bad-tempered, your shiftless, you're a through liar."
Husband- (reasonably) "Well, my dear, no man is perfect."

"I'll be good for a dime mother," coaxed little William hopefully.
"Oh Willy," reproved his mother. "Why can't you be like your father? He isn't good for a dime. He's good for nothing!"

Domestic Violence, wife against husband. "Does your wife miss you much?"
"No. She throws remarkably straight for a woman."

Judge-        "So you broke an umbrella over your husband's head.   What do you have to say?"
Defendant-  "It was an accident!"
Judge-        "How could it be an accident?"
Defendant- "Well, I had no intention of breaking the umbrella"

Little or no sex life. Separately covered below. The Joke book titled 10,000 Jokes is a book suitable for family and children. As a result there are no sex jokes in it. You can read other joke books for some examples. Sex in marriage jokes are treated separately below. According to the joke books, it is almost always the wife who is unwilling. “After twenty years of marriage, our sex life is like the Super Bowl.”
“You mean the noise, the excitement, the fun--”
“No,” he said. “I mean it happens just once a year.”

"I’ve been experimenting on a lifestyle that involves living together without sex. It’s called marriage."

   When a wife behaves as described in the above jokes, what can she expect from a husband? The joke books says, "Away from home or out late - No desire to work - Gets drunk."

Second - The New Testament
1 Corinthians 7

Sex in marriage, what the joke books say.

Not long after the marriage, Tom and his father met for lunch. "Well son," asked the dad, "how is married life treating you?"
"Not very well, I'm afraid. It seems that I married a nun."
"A nun??" his father exclaimed.
"That's right. None in the morning, none at night and none unless I beg."
The father nodded knowingly, and patted his son on the back. "Why don't we all get together for a nice talk tonight?"
Toms face brightened. "Say Dad, that's a great idea."
"Fine. I'll call and tell Mother Superior to set two extra plates."
“Sex in marriage is like medicine. Three times a day for the first week. Then once a day for another week. Then once every three or four days until the condition clears up.”
"The woman went to see a divorce lawyer. “I want out of my marriage, My husband’s sex drive is making me crazy."
“How do you mean?” asked the lawyer.
“He wants it infrequently.”
“I see,” said the lawyer. “Is that one word or two?
In many marriages, the chances of a man winning an argument, the chances for sex likewise diminish quickly after the ceremony.  Here are some examples from two magazine articles.

"He Wants Sex All the Time"
"We Haven't Had Sex in Years"

The 90 Day Wonder

   When it comes to employment, in some companies an employee can be fired at any time for any reason. In other companies with a strong union, or some government jobs, it is virtually impossible to fire a bad employee.

   In the first type of business the employees are better and more productive, if for no other reason, poor job performance can get them fired. Even showing a lack of respect for either the company or boss can get them fired. So they do a good job and treat their company and supervisor with respect.

   In the other company, for example, those with the strong union, there is a probationary period. Usually ninety days. During this 'trial marriage' the new employee can be discharged for any reason or even no reason.  After the ninety days and once in the union some people reveal their true colors and become less productive employees. Often there is little the supervisor can do about it. Sometimes, like in marriage, it is more trouble to get rid of a bad employees than to just put up with them. These bad employees are called '90 day wonders'.

   In a monogamous relationship, many men man finds themselves in a '90 day wonder' sexless marriage with a disrespectful wife who can't or won't cook, nags, becomes bossy, and spends all his money on clothing just like the joke book says while on the other hand he has a respectful, obedient, unmarried secretary who has not lost her sex drive.

   As a result he has an affair, followed by a divorce and new marriage to the secretary. The secretary turns out to be a 90 day wonder since she is now safely in the 'union'. The result, divorce and remarriage over and over until the man just gives up.

This guy married his secretary, thinking
he'd continue to dictate to her.

   If polygamy were permitted the man might simply bring the secretary home and introduce wife number two to wife number one. On the other hand wife #1 might prevent this by behaving differently than as described in the joke book.

After marriage many women lose interest in sex because they are safely in the 'union' and can't be fired. The man does not lose interest in sex. Perhaps polygamy is like a business wherein two or more people compete for a promotion. The women are happy because there is less sex and the man happier because there is more sex.

The sexless marriage results in unfaithfulness and affairs
A sexless marriage, except by mutual agreement, is a violation of 1 Corinthians 7:3,5 and Exodus 21:10


1 Corinthians 7:3.
Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence:
and likewise also the wife unto the husband.

Exodus 21:10.
If he take him another wife; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish.

1 Corinthians 7:5.

Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

The result of Satan's temptations are shown below in joke form.

Legal secretaries are girls over 18. An old Italian Mafia Don is dying and he called his grandson to his bed, "Grandson I wanta you to listen to me." "I wanta you to take mya 45 automatic pistol, so you will always remember me."

"But grandpa I really don't like guns, how about you leaving me your Rolex watch instead."

"You lisina to me, some day you goin a be runna da bussiness, you goina have a beautiful wife, lotsa money, a biga home and maybe a couple od bambino, some day you goina come hom and maybe finda you wife in be with another man. Whata you gonna do then? Pointa to you watch and say, "TIMES UP"?"

He is extremely satisfied - She's the best little secretary he ever got his hands on.
"My wife kisses me in the evening when I get home."
"No, investigation."
Anna is a model secretary - types fast and runs slow.
Mr. Rounder- "(arriving home after midnight.) - I'm tired. I've had my nose to the grindstone since early this morning."

Wife- "Then you better get a grindstone that doesn't get rouge, lipstick, and powder all over you."
A woman came up behind her husband while he was enjoying his morning coffee and slapped him on the back of the head.

"I found a piece of paper in your pants pocket with the name 'Marylou' written on it," she said, furious. "You had better have an explanation."

"Calm down, honey," the man replied. "Remember last week when I was at the dog track? That was the name of the dog I bet on."

The next morning, his wife snuck up on him and smacked him again.

"What was that for?" he complained.

"Your dog called last night."
An elderly married woman decided to have her portrait painted by a famous artist. She said to the artist, "Paint me with diamond earrings, a diamond necklace, emerald bracelets, a ruby pendant and a huge diamond ring."

The artist said to his new client, "But you're not wearing any of those things."

"I know," said elderly lady. "My health is not good and my husband is having an affair with his secretary. When I die I want that woman to go absolutely nuts looking for my jewelry."
Proverbs 6:1. To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

Proverbs 5:15. Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.

Exodus 20:17. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor's. (Drink waters out of thine own cistern)
   It isn't always the man who is unfaithful. Many a man works all day in a hot, noisy, dirty factory, or works in bitter Winter cold repairing roads while the wife plays around in her quiet, clean, comfortable home as the abundance of milk man, mail man and pool boy jokes testify.
A woman was in bed having sex with her husband's friend, when all of a sudden the telephone rings, she answers. After hanging up she says, ''That was Harry, but don't worry, he won't be home for a while. He's playing cards with you.'' A rich Beverly Hills lady got very angry at her French maid. After a long list of stinging remarks about her shortcomings as a cook and housekeeper, she dismissed the maid.

The maid, with her Gallic ancestry, couldn't allow such abuse to go unanswered. "Your husband considers me a better housekeeper and cook than you, Madam. He has told me himself."

The rich woman just swallowed and said nothing.

"And furthermore," the angry girl continued, "I am better in bed than you!"

"And I suppose my husband told you that, too?"

"No, Madam," said the maid. "Not your husband ... the mail man!"



George Gordon School of Law on Marriage

Regarding Marriage Licenses


This is a four part series on marriage delivered in 2007. To listen click here or on the link above.

1. 32 Reasons Why I Don't Have a Marriage License.*
2. Common Law Marriage.
3. Interracial Marriage is the Reason for a Marriage License.
4. Polygamy's a Vertically Integrated Corporation**

This is a seven part series on marriage delivered in 2006. To listen click here or on the link above.

Some subjects covered: The three types of marriage (1) State Civil Law (2) Patriarchal (3) Common Law + The doctrine of parens patrae + The origin of the Marriage License has to do with mixed marriages + polygamy v polygimy + How he marriage license and birth certificate makes us all slaves on Big Brother's plantation.

**God created polygamy and the State and Church made it illegal. Joke #2441

"I never could understand why a man should not be allowed to have more than one wife."
"Well after your are married you'll how the law protects those who are incapable of protecting themselves."


Marriage a Contract of Obedience and Protection

   The Old Covenant was a marriage contract between God and Israel. God promised to love, honor and cherish. Israel promised to love, honor and obey. It was a contract of protection and obedience. God protects and provides and the people obey.

    Some women might get steamed when they see that word 'obey'.  Men do not have as much of a problem and here is why.

    When a man gets a job, he promises to obey the employer's instructions and follow the employers rules. In a factory that might mean a foreman, job assignment and shop rules. No one forced the man to walk into the employment office and ask for a job. But once he enters into the employment agreement he is obligated to 'obey'. If not a 'divorce' follows. ("You're fired!")

    And what does the employee get in exchange for his 'obey'? He gets 'cherished' by his company. 'Cherish' included wages, benefits such a medical insurance and a right to a safe workplace. (Protection). It is an even trade and both sides benefit.

    In the military, the soldier agrees to obey his commanding officer. The government agrees to protect him as best it can as he does his duty as a soldier.

    In a kingdom, the citizens agree to obey the king because the king agrees to protect them from enemies. That is why the king provides the army mentioned above.

   The Declaration of Independence contains these words:

    "(King George) evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world."

    "He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us."

    The Declaration of Independence was a type of Divorce Paper. The King of England no longer 'loved, honored and cherished' the colonies. Since they were now 'out of his protection', they were no longer obligated to be in obedience. They rejected King George in exchange for King Jesus.

    So what does a wife get in exchange for 'obey'. She gets cherished which includes 'protection'. A husband is not obligated to protect a rebellious wife, and a wife is not obligated to obey a 'wife beater' like King George.

    Why do many men divorce their wives and marry their secretary? Could it be because the secretary obeys whereas the wife of today thinks she should 'wear the pants'?

Me? Obey Him? The Obedient Wife and God's Way of Happiness and Blessing in the Home By Elizabeth Rice Handford

   The Old and New Covenants, Husband and Wife, Parents and Children, Employer and Employee, The King and Citizenship all have something in common.

Love - honor - CHERISH

Love - honor - OBEY

God Israel
Man Wife
Parent Child
King Citizen
Employer Employee

At Mt. Sinai God promised to Love, Honor and Protect. In trade, the Hebrews promised to Love, Honor and Obey. "If you obey me then I will provide for and protect you."      For more info on the Old Covenant click here.



War and Marriage

   In times of peace approximately 52% of the population are women and 48% men. That means that about 2,000 women in any 100,000 will go without husbands. Perhaps some of the 2,000 will become Catholic Nuns or lesbians with no desire for a husband.

   In the Civil War there were about 625,000 deaths. The total population was about 31,400,000. So how many women were made widows? And how many of these women had orphaned children?

   So if half of the population are children and  if 52% of the 31,400,000 were women than we have 16,328,000 females. If half were children then we have about 8,164.000 adult women.

   48% of 31,400,000  = 15,072,000 males. Half then equals 7,536,000 adult men. Less about 600,000 dead soldiers = 6,936,000 men.

   8,164.000 adult women less 6,936,000 adult men leaves 1,228,000 woman who have lost or will not find a husband. Many of the widowed women would have had children.

    So what do you think? Does the God of the Bible still approve of polygamy? Or should the State license marriages, forbid polygamy and take on the role of husband to the widows and father to the fatherless?

(   ) Polygamy, two or more wives at the same time.    
(   ) Licensed marriages, one wife at a time. Welfare for widows and orphans.

Agree or disagree. The only way for every woman to have a husband, especially after a war, is for many of the men to take on the responsibility of having two or more wives. (Patriarchal marriages)

(   ) Agree.    (   ) Disagree.

Which is best? For the State take on the role of husband to the widows and father to the fatherless children or patriarchal marriages.

(   )  The State with subsidized housing, food stamps, Medicaid and ADC (Aid to Dependant Children)
(   )  Allow Patriarchal marriages letting willing men take on the responsibility of the widow and orphan.

Which is best for the orphaned child?

(   ) A single mother getting State subsidies and a live in 'boy friend' who stays away until the Social Workers quit at 5 P.M.
(   ) A husband in a Patriarchal Marriage who can fill the duties of fatherhood. (Jacob had at least 2 wives and 13 children.)

Who has the best solution for the Taxpayer?

(  ) The State with welfare programs and the Marriage License that forbids plural marriages.
(  ) The Patriarchal Marriage set up by God in the Old Testament.

Deuteronomy 24:1. When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favor 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.

Jeremiah 3
God divorces Israel his first wife

6. The LORD said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Hast thou seen that which backsliding Israel hath done? she is gone up upon every high mountain and under every green tree, and there hath played the harlot.
7. And I said after she had done all these things, Turn thou unto me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it.
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.

14. Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:
18. In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers.

2nd wife Judah
divorces her husband
by killing him.

Luke 19:14. But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.

John 19:14. And it was the preparation of the Passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!
15. But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him.

These questions are for you to think about and come to your own conclusion.

Question: Was the God of the Old Testament a polygamist having two wives, Israel and Judah?

Question: In Matthew 25:1. (Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.") How many virgins will Christ marry at the wedding feast of the Lamb?

(  ) None    (  ) One    (  ) Five.    (  ) Ten    (  ) ________

Can a man take back a divorced wife?

Deuteronomy 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.
2. And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man's wife.
3. And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, which took her to be his wife;
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.
What if a wife (or husband) has had an affair, as in the jokes above, and contacted a venereal disease? When the infected husband (or wife) learns the bad news from the doctor, would this be a Deuteronomy 24 grounds for divorce having discovered the hard way, "some uncleanness in her"?

Definition of defiled from Strong's Bible Dictionary.

 #2930. contaminated, polluted, unclean

( Has acquired a venereal disease)


Like a prodigal son, the divorced wife returns

In Jeremiah 3:8 above, God divorces Israel. But God wants her to repent and return to him. Wouldn't Deuteronomy 24:4 forbid any return of a divorced wife? That's what most believe. And likewise, forbid the return, or taking back, of an unfaithful wife who played the harlot as did Israel? 

George Gordon, in one of the lectures above, mentioned that Deuteronomy 24:4 was designed to stop the spread of sexually transmitted disease. A husband can not take back a former wife who has caught a sexually transmitted disease (contaminated, polluted, unclean, defiled).

If he did take her back he and any other wives would likewise become polluted. Wouldn't it would be a wise thing for any man who finds his wife cheating to make an appointment with his doctor to be checked out?

In the past and still in some States, to get a marriage license you must have a blood test. Why? To see if any of the parties are defiled with a sexually transmitted disease. If the applicant is defiled a doctors visit is required in the hope of a cure .

In the author's opinion, should a wayward wife repent and wish to return, let her "get a bill of health" from her doctor and "give it into the hand of her former husband". Then do as suggested in Hosea 2:7.



and write her a bill of divorcement, and
 giveth it in her hand

"get a bill of health" from her doctor and
 "give it into the hand of her former husband"

Hosea 2:7. And she (Israel) shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find them: then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better with me than now. (Luke 15:11-32 - Prodigal Son)

Jeremiah 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.




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