MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Multiple Wives – Not God’s Design

April 28th, 2005 Viewed 3274 times
This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Biblical Roles of the Sexes

Happy CoupleOne of the things that continues to hit me over and over again as I’m doing my reading through the Bible this year is the roles of men and women in the Bible compared to them now. I want to take a look at a few of the differences over the next few posts. As I’ve already discussed previously head coverings, clothing, hair length and Biblical Standards, I won’t rewrite my thoughts there– unless I have to.

The first, and probably most striking thing, about male/female relations in Bible times was the number of wives Biblical characters had and how the Bible is relatively silent in criticizing that fact. In fact, in one place in II Samuel, the Lord even says that he gave David many wives (in regards to his taking Bathsheba and sending her husband to his death).

How a Wife Was Defined

May 2nd, 2005 Viewed 1650 times
This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Biblical Roles of the Sexes

Happy CoupleThe next thing that I found particularly fascinating about the role of the sexes in the Old Testament narratives is how the husband and wife treated each other. Specifically, recall the passage in Hebrews where it said that Sarah called Abraham her “lord.” This is quite different today.

Today we live in a society that has done two things to marriage. They’ve made it “all about love” so that if you’re no longer “in love” why be in it. The other thing is that they’ve made it more about expressing my individuality than in being a unit.

The Husband’s Love for the Wife

May 3rd, 2005 Viewed 1782 times
This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Biblical Roles of the Sexes

Happy CoupleAnother aspect to this discussion has to be the care for which the man had for his woman in the Old Testament. This is seen in a variety of locations.

In the story of Ruth and Boaz, Boaz takes up the cause of Naomi not having kin and Ruth’s husband’s death by being her kinsman redeemer. Jacob was willing to work for Laban for 14 years to get Rachel, his daughter. Proverbs put a high value on a good wife. The whole Song of Solomon places the physical and intimate parts of a married couple, putting emphasis on the love between the couple.

Marriage Ceremony in the Bible Times

May 4th, 2005 Viewed 1713 times
This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Biblical Roles of the Sexes

Happy CoupleAnother glossed over concept from the Bible is just how people got married. There are a few things to consider when looking at courtship in the Bible compared to it in the current culture.

First, parents were very involved– in some cases choosing the mate early in the person’s life. In this scenario, the parents get to use their non-emotional decision capabilities rather than basing everything on a feeling. In today’s culture, the entire emphasis is upon “love”, and not the committed kind, but the feeling kind. We then wonder why “love” doesn’t seem to last, and we have people divorcing because they no longer “love” each other.

One Man, One Woman for Life

May 5th, 2005 Viewed 1824 times, 1 so far today
This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Biblical Roles of the Sexes

Happy CoupleProper sexual relations was always meant to be between one man and one woman for life. Anyone who doubts this just has to do a quick reading of the Levitical law to see that relations outside of this were considered an abomination to the Lord.

An argument has been made that the Old Testament, particularly the account of Sodom and Gomorrah, isn’t necessarily about homosexuality. They attribute this to a bunch of things. For starters, they say that it must be okay to rape young virgins– since Lot offers his daughters to the men outside of the house.

Homosexuality is Sin

May 6th, 2005 Viewed 1242 times
This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Biblical Roles of the Sexes

Happy CoupleI was reading Mona Charen’s latest article today, and something struck me as interesting. She was discussing the school in Maryland and their sex ed class. The curriculum seemed to have a pretty glaring contradiction, and on this note we’ll end our series looking at the Biblical Role of the Sexes.

Early in the article, the curriculum states that “[M]ost experts in the field have concluded that sexual orientation is not a choice”. Later on, it also states regarding the transgender movement that “biology is not destiny”. For sake of argument, doesn’t that mean that just because one was “born a homosexual” does not mean that they have to be one?

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.