I would like to add a few more points to my opening post concerning the allowing of multiple wives by Yahweh which in in direct opposition to what Jesus is teaching on adultery. First off in Genesis 4, Adam's great grand son Lamech took two wives seemingly with God's approval, because even though Gen.2:24 says that Adam and Eve shall be one flesh, multiple wives is never forbidden anywhere in the Old Testament.
Originally Posted by Rose
Gen. 4:19 And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.
All through the Old Testament we see cases of multiple wives with NO hint of a disapproving god. What we DO SEE is Yahweh accommodating men with laws to dispose of their wives through divorce, or regulations on how to treat their multiple wives.
Exo.21:10-11 If he take him another wife; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish. And if he do not these three unto her, then shall she go out free without money.
Deut. 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:
Deut.24:1-3 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. And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man's wife. 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;
Also there is the case of God giving Saul's wives to David, and then as punishment to David took those same wives and gave them to Absalom to rape in the sight of all Israel!
2Sam.12:7-11 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; 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. Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.
Not only does God actively participate in the giving of multiple wives to David, which according to Jesus would be considered adultery, but God explicitly takes the wives of David and gives them to Absalom to rape!
How can this egregious contradiction of what Jesus is teaching, and violation of moral law be justified?