Truth About Polygamy

Polygamy

The Bible and Polygamy

The Bible and Polygamy

The question on the practice of polygamy in Bible times has intrigued nearly every Bible reader. Some are sure that polygamy was a wrong practice but find it difficult to understand and explain this custom that was commonly seen in the Old Testament times—even among God’s people! Others feel that it was permitted then, but was done away in the New Testament times.

An amazing truth unfolds as we proceed. God works out His way amidst chaos and confusion. We see God’s method of saving people, as we look deeper into the mystery of polygamy.

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The Bride of Jesus

The Bride of Jesus

Before we look into the family lives of some of the holy men of God in the Old Testament we need to realize that the whole system of the Old Testament was a symbol of something to come. The Old Testament ceremonies, and the lives of the patriarchs, contained the gospel message.

For example, the animal sacrifices were pointing to that great sacrifice on Calvary. Even all the feasts of the Old Testament, all their solemn assemblies, were a shadow of the Gospel.  In all of it God was trying to teach His people how He was going to save humanity in the symbolic language of the Old Testament.  God has used various symbols and permitted various events to happen to reveal the gospel in reality—the gospel in Jesus Christ!

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Solomon and his 1000 Women

Solomon and his 1000 Women

The Book, ‘The Song of Solomon’, symbolically portrays the love relationship of Christ and His Church. Solomon symbolizes Christ in this song, and his Shulamite bride represents the church. 

BUT ONE MIGHT SAY – Was Solomon the best person to represent Christ?  Didn’t he have a bad and immoral life with 700 wives and princesses, and 300 concubines?  (See 1 Kings 11:3, 4). 

Definitely Solomon’s history was no good.  Then why did God choose Solomon to write this book, and be a symbol of Christ in the union of marriage?

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Polygamy and the Mystery of the Gospel

Polygamy and the Mystery of the Gospel

Let us unravel the mystery of polygamy that was practiced in the Old Testament; and let us see why it was done, and why God allowed it, and why He still took them and used the patriarchs to proclaim His name. 

For example, look at Jacob.  Jacob was the worst among the Patriarchs, most cunning. Jacob was the son of Isaac, and Isaac was the son of Abraham. God, throughout Scripture, has been declaring—“I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob” (Exodus 3:6; Mark 12:26). 

In Genesis, we have the story of Jacob recorded. He had four wives and 12 sons from all his wives (See Genesis 29, 30, 49). His sons are important because they are the 12 tribes of Israel who have the covenant promise.  These 12 children were from the same father but from 4 different mothers!

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A Closer Look at The Song of Solomon

A Closer Look at The Song of Solomon

Some have wondered if the book “The Song of Solomon” should be a part of the Holy Scriptures. The reason given is because of its “explicit” contents. 

Ever since the famous king of Israel wrote it, it has been a part of the Holy Scriptures. Even when our Lord was on earth this book was an integral part of the Hebrew canon. If at all it was a mistake in having it included, wouldn’t the Messiah inform us about it when He came? 

In fact the Jews considered this book as one of the most important pages of the Holy Writ. 

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