About Jesus Steve Sweetman
hates divorce. (Malachi 2:16) Knowing
this, when Christian couples mutually enter into a divorce, they
obviously think differently than the God they claim to serve.
When one spouse initiates divorce for no Scripturally valid
reason, he or she opposes all that God is.
He is the embodiment of faithfulness.
He cannot be unfaithful to Himself, to His word, and to whom He
is committed. Every fiber of
His being exudes faithfulness.
love and faithfulness that is fundamental to God's nature is absent in
the divorce agreement. It's
also absent in the godly example that Christian parents are to be to
their children. The purpose
for couples staying together is so they can have "godly
children". (Malachi 2:16) Divorce
makes it hard for children to become godly followers of Jesus.
When parents don't practice what they preach, it's hard to see
you know that God both married Israel
and then divorced her? You
ask, "how could that be"? Think
of it this way.
Genesis 12:1 God asked Abraham to leave his country, his people, and his
father's household. This was
the beginning of the courtship God initiated with Israel. God followed His own
instructions as seen in Genesis
2:24. A man and a woman will
leave their father and mother to be united in marriage, something God
was asking of Abraham.
actually proposed to
now known as Yahweh to
2:2 states that Yahweh no longer viewed Himself as Israel's husband, and no longer viewed
as His wife. As a matter of
fact, the Hebrew text of Hosea, chapter 2, is constructed in legal
language, meaning, God legally
divorced Israel, which He had the legal right to do according to the marriage vows.
would be one sad story if Yahweh's relationship with Israel
ended in an irreconcilable divorce.
Thanks to Yahweh's faithfulness, the story doesn't end here.
God's proposal of marriage to Israel
in the Abrahamic Covenant was guaranteed to last forever. (Genesis
17:3-8) Even though the
marriage proposal had no conditions attached, the marriage covenant, as
seen in the Mosaic Covenant, had conditions attached that were based
upon the faithfulness of both parties.
broke the vows that ended in a legal divorce.
However, the broken vows and the subsequent divorce does not
nullify the proposal God initially made with Abraham as seen in the
Abrahamic Covenant. Yahweh's
intent was to still have an eternal relationship with Israel. He would pursue her until
she returned to Him.
book of Hosea, along with all prophetic books of the Old Testament, foretells
the day when Israel
and Yahweh would be reunited in marriage.
The apostle Paul understood this when he said that Yahweh's new
found relationship with gentiles would make
you believe the church has replaced Israel
in this eternal relationship, you'd have to believe that God broke his
unconditional promise to Abraham. You'd
have to believe that God didn't really mean exactly what He promised Abraham. You'd have to
believe that God misled Abraham because the way the Abrahamic Covenant
was worded gave Abraham the clear impression that Israel's relationship with God was
eternal, never to be replaced by anyone.
You'd have to wonder why God didn't bother to clear up Abraham's
misunderstanding. You'd have
to believe that God might well divorce the church as well, because the
church hasn't been all that faithful either.
You might end up believing that there's no sense in believing
because there's no real security in your relationship with God.
You never know when He might up and leave you for someone else.
committed Himself to
problem with "Replacement Theology" stems from a
misunderstanding of the Abrahamic Covenant.
If you understand the
covenant as Abraham understood it, you will realize that Yahweh's
relationship with Israel
never ends. If you don't
understand the Abrahamic Covenant as Abraham understood it, you'll fail
to understand how God relates to Israel
and the church, and you won't understand
prophetic history as you should. There's
another wedding in Israel's future and we're all invited.