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Outline of God’s Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage to His Only Wife: Israel

Outline of God’s Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage to His Only Wife: Israel

This is just a basic outline of God‘s Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage to His Only Wife: Israel. This outline may not cover everything but it serves to illustrate quickly the basic events.  
  • Ca 1446: God marries united Israel (all twelve tribes including the mixed multitudes which were assimilated) at Sinai.
  • They are betrothed (legally married but not cohabiting).
  • They have a Ketuba (marriage contract) with their “vows” or ten commandments
    • She cheats with golden calf thereby committing adultery.
      • God forgives her.
  • 922: God divides the kingdom because of Solomon’s sin of worshiping other gods.
    • Now there are two kingdoms: House of Israel and the House of Judah.
  • Both Houses worship false gods but the House of Israel is especially bad.
    • God illustrates in the book of Hosea – Israel is like a prostitute.
      • He promises destroy Israel but have mercy on Judah (Hose 1:6-7)
  • 722: God divorces the house of Israel but is merciful to Judah because of his promises to David.
    • Israel is sent out of his house with divorce certificate with no legal hope of returning, though God promises to take her back (Jer 3:8; Hosea 2:19-20)
  • 586: Judah is carried away to Babylon because she is worse than Israel but God doesn’t divorce because of his promise to David.
    • However, their marriage is shot, she is extremely adulterous.
  • 33 AD: Jesus (God in the flesh) dies thereby canceling the first marriage covenant (from Sinai).
    • His death frees Israel (and Judah) from the handwriting which was against them: divorce and gross adultery.
    • The law of the husband (marriage contract) is nullified through the husband’s death
      • Both houses are now legally free to remarry another.
      • The middle wall of separation between the houses is removed
    • Jesus rises as a new legal entity who can remarry his original (though legally new) wife
      • The Houses (Israel and Judah) are now reunited as one legal entity: God’s betrothed.
    • Jesus tells his disciples to share the good news of the New Covenant with the House of Israel and the House of Judah (Jer 31:31).
      • The exiled and divorced wife which was scattered to the nations (gentiles) and which became part of the nations (gentiles) can now return to the marriage covenant.
      • Judah (Jews) can (and must) enter into new marriage contract because old one is sullied beyond repair.
      • Levitical priesthood is transferred to the Melchizedekian priesthood who has performed everything they ever did just once, in the heavenly tabernacle
        • The “vows” of the Ketuba of the new covenant  are the same as the first.
          • The vows were and remain perfect
          • Now they are to be written on the heart (internally) rather than on tablets of stone (externally) – actual items remain the same
        • Scattered House of Israel hears the good news that they can return
        • House of Judah hears the good news that they can be forgiven and enter into new marriage covenant with God not stained with their adultery.
  • Second Coming: Jesus returns to gather his bride (the restored, reunited houses of Israel). Those individuals who remained faithful to him (Rev 12) will enter into the marriage supper
    • Cohabitation: Tabernacles: God dwells with Israel (both houses reunited which includes multitudes of people) forever and ever.

This outline is not exhaustive but it gives a quick reference to the events of God’s marriage, divorce, and remarriage to his only wife, Israel.

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