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Deuteronomy 10.18

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For this Torah Portion, I look specifically at Deuteronomy 10.18.

In this Essay, I discuss Moses’ statement “but upholds the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and befriends the stranger, providing him with food and clothing.”

In this Essay, I will discuss the context in which Jehovah shows no favor.

Here is the discussion: Deuteronomy 10.18.

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Discussing My Counterpoint – Part One

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In Discussing My Counterpoint – Part One, I address the Respondent’s initial reply to my counterpoint, they said:

Its true that polygamy is not expressly condemned in Scripture but monogamy is evidently promoted or contemplated in the new covenant -1 Corinthians 7:33-34, Ephesians 5:31-33, Titus 1:6, 1 Timothy 3:2. Inherent in the original question is the reasoning that if polygamy is not sinful then polygamy could be ignored or encouraged but if otherwise then the parties involved will have to be taught to repent and show appropriate fruit of repentance.

The words of Christ in Matthew 19:4-6 shows that originally monogamy is the plan. Under the old covenant, polygamy, like instrumental music in worship, was tolerated and regulated. Under the new covenant the command is specific on music and limited to singing only. The examples in the early church as reflected by Scripture align with that instruction. Ditto on marriage the command in 1 Corinthians 7:1-2 is specific and restrictive for those who chose to marry.

1 Corinthians 7:1-2 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. 2Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.

I see polygamy* (and polyandry) violate the above command. The woman (or man) who becomes the third, forth, etc. partner in such marriage is sharing another’s (the first’s) spouse rather than get his or her own as instructed. Mutual consent of all parties just indicate either ignorance or a common will to violate the precept.

The author in cited link above alluded to the Parable of the Ten Virgins to insinuate that Jesus is polygamous. That is just a parable. The betrothed of Christ is the church He built, a single entity or bride in a spiritual sense, one body not several bodies (built of/by men). That some societies are structured in such a way that polygamy is better than prostitution is not a justifiable excuse. Let all be transformed by fear of God and love for the next person, if we treat others the way we want to be treated and give women their divinely appointed role the society will be transformed so polygamy will not be deemed necessary. That Abraham, David etc. were polygamists is not a model or issue, they also made pilgrimages and offered animal sacrifices which we do not do today because we are under a different dispensation.

In the link are my original comments, along with some added and extensive thoughts from me in my Post Segment Review: Discussing My Counterpoint – Part One.

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From My Heart

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I feel like I have been blessed. My wife, Mary, has joined in the conversation contained in the section From My Heart. She, too, is part of the process of us going forward into polygamy, so I am very pleased to have her voice. Here is her first contribution to the conversation: My Other Best Friend.

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