The story was told by one of our favorite TV preachers: Joel Osteen of the Lakewood Church in Houston. Seems this lady chanced to see a poor barefoot boy looking longingly into a shop window of tennis shoes. Filled with compassion, she saw to it that the boy's needs were taken care of and then she presented him with three pair of tennis shoes. Overwhelmed with surprise and gratitude, the boy asked "Lady, are you God's wife?"
Abraham had two wives: Sarah & KeturahAt the age of 90 Sarah finally had a son -- a miraculous birth because of the deadness of her womb, Rom4:13, and not because Abraham was so old. He had six more sons by his second wife Keturah: Gen25:1. It was his second wife who was the more 'fruitful'. Folks sometimes think of Hagar, but she was only a concubine and not a proper wife.
Jacob had two wives: Rachel & Leah were sistersFor seven years Jacob had wanted to marry Rachel, but at the wedding they switched sisters on him and he found himself married to Leah. It was seven more years before he married Rachel, and she was barren all the time Jacob's first ten sons were born. Finally, at long last, she had the beloved son Joseph, and later died in childbirth with the 12th son Benjamin.(READ: The chosen wife died birthing the 'son of the right hand' in Bethlehem.) Leah was the 'fruitful' wife who produced six sons and a daughter. Fruit of the womb.
God had two wives: Israel & Judah were two kingdoms
God called them "sisters" in Jeremiah 3:7, and that He was married to them in Jer3:14. Israel was the Northern Kingdom of ten tribes, and Judah was the Southern Kingdom of two tribes. Judah was supposed to have learned something from what happened to Israel. "Surely as a wife treacherously departeth from her husband, so have ye dealt treacherously with me, O house of Israel, saith the LORD". Jer3:20, KJV The Northern Kingdom of Israel was ruled by a succession of mostly evil kings and was conquored by Assyria at a time when King Hezekiah was ruling the Southern Kingdom of Judah. 2K18:10. Later, this Southern Kingdom was conquored by Nebuchadnezzar and carried away to Babylon for seventy (70) years. Jer29:10.
"For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel" Isa54:5
A Pattern of Wives"Redeemer" Boaz takes Ruth to wife after she gleans grain in his field -- very similar to the earlier case where Abraham sent his trusted servant to find a bride for son Isaac. She was watering the camels -- compare to the way Jesus offered Living Water to the Samaritan woman at Jacob's Well in John 4. In the Book of Esther it's Queen Vashti playing the disobedient first-wife, and Esther as wife number two. King Ahasuerus plays the part of the Almighty whose "Word" is forever established, and Mordecai and Naomi are like the Holy Spirit who leads 'the hungry and thirsty' into all truth. God furnished a wife for Adam (used a rib), and now Jesus is the 2nd Adam and a Bridegroom, with wives who may be being ribbed? Is Neh8:12 a key here? These stories are allegories: disguised so that we may have a banquet in the midst of our enemies. Not a banquet of literal food on the table, but a feast of words concerning eternal life and the God of the Bible. Jacob was dressed up with goatskins to look like Esau in order to obtain the blessing, and Jesus has come in a man's body: looking just like us!
A Fruitful Wife! That's clearly what God wants, because He wants sons and daughters. 1Jn3:2, Jn1:12. The man Adam was created first, to plant the seed for fruit trees of righteousness, Isa61:3. Isn't this delicious? Don't you just know that some will say I've gone mad after the fashion of David in 1Sam21:13 or the Apostle Paul in Acts26:24.
The Jew first, and then the Gentile. Romans2:9 "Glory, honor, and peace, to every man that doeth good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile"
We sometimes hear it said that "God is sovereign and supreme and can do anything He wants". That may sound good, but God is not a man that he should lie, and he cannot alter his Word. He wants us to be people of our word (DON'T LIE) and therefore, like King Ahasuerus in Esther 1:19. Heaven & Earth shall pass away, but the Word of God will not pass away, Matt24:35.
If any readers are under the delusion that God will make an exception in their case (because of special circumstances?) -- don't count on it!
"BY THEIR FRUITS YE SHALL KNOW THEM" Matt7:20, Gal5:22
Should you re-marry someone you've been married to before?
Probably not all ministers would agree, but Jeremiah 3 addresses this subject: "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? It's always important to see who is saying it, and also to note how this figure of speech calls the woman 'land' -- not especially flattering, but seed is normally and usually planted in good soil. The Jews were God's first love, like Rachel, but a switch came about at Calvary and it was the Gentiles who were grafted in, to become a fruitful 'Leah' fig tree. Now we are 'one body', and there is 'no difference', but those who imagine God is going to return to those Old Covenant days of wife#1 is surely putting his faith in old-wives tales, and those who want to begin the animal sacrifices in Jerusalem are surely wasting their time...an exercise in futility.. Amen, and Amen
The tribe of Benjamin (means 'Son of the Right Hand') was nearly wiped out, Judges 21, and it seemed that 600 men of that tribe wouldn't be able to find wives! What a strange and puzzling tale, but what a calamity today, if the Holy Spirit isn't able to locate wives for the REAL 'Son of the Right Hand', Jesus!
The Word of God (Jesus) is great literature and profound mystery; Eph6:19. Not everyone is able to plumb the depths, but folks from all walks of life, whether wealthy or poor, high-brow or low-brow, have recognized this marvelous truth and have been "born-again" and entered into the new life by following in the footsteps (principles and commandment) of Jesus. First, we must make the decision and the commitment, and then say publicly "I Do". Next, we enter into this new life by receiving our new name and being submissive to what He says.
Naturally we think first of our God as a Father, because of the many times Jesus spoke of Him that way, but now with study we recognize him as a Husband, too. Not just the Potter (Isa64:8), or strong tower (Ps61), or Fountain of Living Water (Jer2:13), or Consuming Fire (Deut4:24), but also as the Rock (1Cor10:4) and the Way, the Truth, and the Life (Jn14:6). We're progressing from the milk-of-the-word to the meat-of-the-word. Hallelujah!When Mirium, the sister of Moses, was expelled from the Israeli camp for seven days, Numb12; no reason was given for why brother Aaron wasn't punished too. ~~ Now, after study and meditation, we comprehend how the OT focus was on the male 'first', and the NT is for the fruitful female! Its two halves of a whole !
Should we read "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown? Well, it's fiction (a novel) and it supposes that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and they had a child, so we could call it a pack of lies and blasphemy too, but perhaps it will help to renew interest and/or faith in the Truth of the Bible. The important thing to remember is that WE are His (espoused) wife and we're NOT bringing forth in the flesh, but rather the fruit-of-the-spirit! The New Testament 'wife' wants husband Jesus to 'come into her', but in a completely different manner than the carnal fleshly way of the O.T.
The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians: "For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ". 2Cor11:2