Can God break His own Law? Not if that Law defines righteousness itself. (It does – read Psalm 119.) But if God divorced Israel because of her adulteries, how will He remarry a defiled woman? By His very own Law, this would be illegal. This is an extremely interesting study – one that proves the deity of Christ. This article is a continuance of yesterday’s question: who is our redeemer?
“Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more. For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.” Isaiah 54:4-5
Note in verse 4 that Israel was widowed – and you can’t be a widow unless your husband dies. After the death of her husband on Calvary, she was freed from the law of her husband, enabling her to marry whomever she pleases, even though she played the harlot. The church is called the bride of Christ. This is not a NT concept. We will be remarried to our God upon Christ’s return. (The mystery of the gospel is the inclusion of the gentiles in this marriage.) But if Israel’s husband had not died, it would not have been lawful for her to be remarried after having been defiled. Let me show you:
“When a man takes a wife and marries her, if then she finds no favor in his eyes because he has found some indecency in her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her out of his house, and she departs out of his house, and if she goes and becomes another man’s wife, and the latter man hates her and writes her a certificate of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her out of his house, or if the latter man dies, who took her to be his wife, then her former husband, who sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after she has been defiled, for that is an abomination before the Lord. And you shall not bring sin upon the land that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance.” Deuteronomy 24:1-4
Can God break His own righteous decrees? He cannot. The Jews understand this better than anyone. That is why the Jews do not know how God is going to restore the 10 lost tribes of Israel, whom God divorced (Isaiah 50:1). They know that God is going to have to jump through hoops to redeem Israel while still maintaining His righteousness (without breaking the Law); they just cannot fathom how He is going to accomplish it. They cannot understand the role of the crucifixion of their Messiah. The dilemma is so acute that some of the Jews (Judah) now deny that Israel will be restored.
“The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.” I Corinthians 7:39
Judging by the passage in Deuteronomy, she would not be able to remarry her first husband after she has been defiled. But, she COULD marry anyone if she had never been married to begin with, and the death of her husband(s) would legally accomplish that condition – because the act of death frees us from the Law. Also note that marrying a harlot in the first place is not forbidden, only marrying a woman whose husband is still alive or remarrying your ex-wife after she has been defiled by another husband. Hosea marries a harlot in the first place, and because he never divorces her, the law forbidding remarriage does not apply to him. There is no remarriage because there is no divorce. God absolutely did divorce Israel, so the only way to restore that marriage is through the death of the first husband. Also, note that I Corinthians says, “only in the Lord.” The remarriage will only take place once Israel turns away from other gods and turns wholly toward the Father. God will not be unequally yoked.
“For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.” Romans 7:2
I found an interesting article this morning. Both the author of the article and the fellow he is rebutting make valid points, but they arrive at opposite conclusions. What do the scriptures really say? If you visit this site, you will see that they both fail to realize one thing – one thing that would put them in harmony with each other and answer every misunderstanding – and that is the death of the first husband. The argument is over Hosea, but Hosea cannot perfectly represent what God did for us because that would require Hosea’s death and resurrection. Hosea is only human. To get around this, Hosea never actually divorces Gomer, but God does divorce Israel. He sets up what looks like an impossible dilemma. How will He restore Israel without marring His own righteousness? Then He answers it in one fell swoop, just like He answers every other problem: through Jesus Christ our Lord. Here is the article, if you’d like to read it. The author loses me in the last half, however. I don’t believe that God ever divorced Judah – see the story of the prodigal son as proof.
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