Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Covenant Questions

Some random musings from today:

There seems to be a difference between the weightiness of a marriage covenant versus a covenant made with G-d.  Check this out:

Jeremiah 3:1
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? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD. 
Jeremiah 4:1
"If you, Israel, will return, then return to me," declares the LORD. "If you put your detestable idols out of my sight and no longer go astray,

So a wife cannot return to her former husband once married to a new husband.  Yet Israel, a "wife" that went astray after idols, is allowed to return to her former husband, HaShem.

Here's several random questions:

Which penalties did Yeshua absorb by becoming a curse on our behalf (see Gal. 3:13)?  May a New Covenant Believer disobey G-d's Instructions with impunity?  Or do some curses remain?

In Genesis 15 and Jeremiah 34:18 we see that Ancient Semitic peoples used a covenant known as brit bein habetarim (covenant between the parts).  The symbolism suggested that if someone violated the covenant of the parts that they would be killed like the calf that was cut into two pieces and walked between.  QUESTION:  why not do this with human marriage?  I'm not suggesting that couples start cutting animals in half and walking between the parts.  I'm just curious why that type of ceremony was never applied to marriage.  After all, what better motivation to stay married than to know that divorce would mean some sort of spiritual death?

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