Marriage, Divorce and Reconciliation
Divine Marriage on the rocks!
The Scriptures refer to God’s relationship with the twelve tribes of Israel as a dual Marriage with, on the one hand, Judah (the 2 Tribes of Judah and Benjamin), and on the other hand, Israel (the Ten Northern Tribes).
This ‘stormy Marriage’, especially with the 10 Northern Tribes of Israel, ‘the unfaithful Bride’, is referred to in Scripture, in 3 major stages, the development of which will define our search for the Authentic Gospel version. These stages are:
- The Divorce
- The time of Separation
- The Reconciliation
The main chapters that relate this development, and the theme that underlies all Scripture, is:
- Hosea 2 & 3
- Jeremia 3, 30 &31
- Isaiah 54
- Ezekiel 16
(Please read the full chapters in order to follow and confirm the conclusions which are drawn in this study. Space does not permit to go into the full details and we shall just highlight a few main Scriptures here).
Jer. 3:8 “I had repudiated disloyal Israel for all her adulteries and given her her divorce papers.”
Hosea 1:4 – YHVH puts an end to Israel’s sovereignty.
Hosea 1:6 – YHVH withdraws His Love from Israel, but not from Judah.
Hosea 2:1 – She is no longer His ‘wife’.
The rest of the chapter describes her whoring and punishment.
The latter part of ch 2 proposes her Return to Him.
Isaiah 54:1 – She is a barren woman, forsaken.
Ezekiel 16:27 “I have handed you over to the mercy of your enemies.”
Ezekiel 16:37 “I will strip you in front of them and let them see you naked.”
Ezekiel 16:43 “I intend to bring your conduct down on your own head.”
Isaiah 54:7 – “I did forsake you for a brief moment, but with great love will I take you back.”
Jeremiah 3:14 “Come back disloyal children, it is YHVH Who speaks, for I alone am your Master.”
Hosea 2:7 (or 9) “Then she will say, I will go back to my first Husband.”
Jeremiah 31:8 “See, I will bring them back from the Land of the North and gather them from the far ends of the earth.”
Jeremiah 31:10 “He Who scattered Israel, gathers him. he guards him as a Shepherd guards his flock.”
Jeremiah 31:22 “For YHVH is creating something new on earth – the woman sets out to find her Husband again.”
Hosea 2:19 (or 21) “I will betroth her to Myself for ever.”
Isaiah 54:5 “For now your Creator will be your Husband.”
verse 10 – “… My Love for you will never leave you, and My Covenant of Peace with you will never be shaken.”
Hosea 2:2 “The sons of Judah and of Israel will be one again.”
Jeremiah 3:19 “In those days the House of Judah will unite with the House of Israel.”
Isaiah 54:4 – “… you will no longer remember the curse of your widowhood. For now your Creator will be your Husband, His Name: YHVH Sabaoth”.
Hosea 2:18 – “When that day comes … she will call Me ‘My Husband’ … I will take the names of the Baals off her lips.”
Hosea 3:4 – “For the sons of Israel will be kept for many days without a King, … without Sacrifice. … Afterwards the sons of Israel will come back; they will seek YHVH their God.”
And then – the Prophetic Tanach statement that refers to the Messiah’s Divine Mandate directly:
Isaiah 49:5-6 “And now YHVH says—
He who formed me in the womb to be his Servant
to bring Jacob back to him
and gather Israel to himself,
for I am honored in the eyes of YHVH
and my God has been my strength –
“It is too small a thing for you to be My Servant
to restore the tribes of Jacob
and bring back those of Israel I have kept.
I will also make you a Light for the Gentiles,
that you may bring my Salvation to the ends of the earth.”