A Voice in the
If we consider that the union of a man with his wife involves a giving of the man's [nephesh] (soul/life) to his wife through the blood, perhaps God's loathing of adultery and sodomy can be better understood. And why the Law seems to "pick on the woman" more regarding adultery; and why "sodomy" is mentioned so much, but not lesbianism.
"They say, If a man divorces his wife, and she goes from him and becomes another man's, may he return to her again? Would not the land be greatly polluted?" (Jer3:1)
Why would the land be "polluted"? Because of the blood of marriage. In Deuteronomy ch24, the law said that, if a woman left a man and went to another man, if she left that second man and/or that husband died, she could not come back to her first husband. She first received the soul of one man, and then, from another.
It might be difficult to understand "why" this is so. We can only see the physical. We cannot 'see' the soul. We cannot observe the spiritual. (Jn3:8) We must take God's Word in faith in this. But understand that this is so important a matter, that when the demons came and became one with the women in Genesis ch6, the pollution was so great, it says "the earth also was corrupt before God" (vs11) that He sent the flood to wipe out all living flesh; except for what was saved in the ark. And Noah was saved, with his family, because he was "perfect in his generations". (vs9) "perfect" in this case meaning, "to have integrity" or being "in tact". It had not been corrupted.
Why is sodomy condemned so much in Scripture? Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed? "You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination." (Lev18:22) Remember what happens in marriage? The man gives his [nephesh] to his wife. His soul becomes part of the woman through his seed. It is a "one-way" relationship. But when two men do what they do, it becomes a "two-way" situation. They are each giving each other their soul/s. It becomes like the "blood oath" of cutting and sharing the blood. Same as those cultures that would drink the blood of their vanquished enemies. Those cultures which God wiped out of existence and all we have left are their ziggurat ruins as reminders of their former greatness, and how far they fell under God's judgment.
And then there's that other matter found in the O.T. Law given through Moses. And please pardon that we even mention such matters. But if it was important enough that it is in Scripture, then, as we receive understanding of these things, it is also important enough to mention in a writing such as this. "Also you shall not approach a woman to uncover her nakedness [have sex] as long as she is in her customary [menstrual] impurity" (Lev18:19) Modern people wonder "why" such a law? Modern medicine says that there is nothing wrong with being together when she is having her period. But... what is the nature of menstruation? BLOOD. The 'woman's' blood. If she is in her time of blood, some of her blood [nephesh] goes to the man. Why is that wrong? We'll answer this in just a moment...
Originally God decreed, "therefore -a- man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh". (Gen2:24) Church leaders are to be "the husband of ONE wife.." (1Tim3:2) You see..."a" man and "a" woman.
The question is often raised... Why did so many men in the O.T. have more than one wife? Why did God allow that? In fact, in the Law God makes special edicts for the case where a man has more than one wife. "If a man has two wives, one loved and the other unloved..." (Deu21:15) But notice, you never see a Scripturally sanctioned situation where one woman has more than one husband. Why? The answer should be obvious when we consider the 'direction' of flow of the [nephesh]. It goes from the man to his wife, just as Christ's Life [nephesh] comes to the Church. And in some ways, the husband who has more than one wife might be another sort of picture of Christ and the Church, the "many members in one body" (Rom12:4, 1Cor12:12,20) Please understand... this is not to sanction polygamy. But as the one man would give to his plurality of wives, so Christ gives to the plurality which is His body, the Church.
So, perhaps it is now easier to see why harlotry is condemned. The woman thus engaged is piling on upon herself all these souls [nephesh] of everybody she is with. It becomes a question of "Who is she??" Perhaps this explains why all these people today who continually 'play the field' have so many emotional problems and "identity" crises!! They are on the "fast track", but also see their therapist on a regular basis. And sodomy...well...we have said enough. Put "two-and-two" together; it equals "four"; and the more they mix it up, it becomes factors of multiplication. If it can be said that there are 'degrees' to perversion, perhaps this explains why sodomy is even more loathesome in God's sight!
It is a common understanding that when a couple is married, the woman undergoes a "change". Psychology labels it as a kind of "emotional attachment" to the man; but I don't know if they have ever figured it out as to "why" this is so. It is so much more than -mere- "emotions". She receives the man's soul. On these TV news documentary shows, when they tell of a man who is found to have been polygamous, most people, as well as the news reporters, wonder why the various wives don't just "away with him". But so often, even though the various wives discover that they are not his "only one", and even meet each other, they still desire to remain with him, and they will be seen sitting together in the same room with each other, each saying that they "love" him. This is because they all possess his [nephesh]. For as much as Jacob's wives strove with each other like scratching, hissing cats, they -all- desired to be with Jacob and bear his children. In addition, perhaps this explains, a bit, that "glow" women speak of that they see in each other when the other has been with a man??
This is also the explanation of why a woman should keep herself a "virgin" for -THE- man she will marry. Today's lust-filled society says, "play the field". "Experiment". Go "shopping" and figure out exactly "what" it is -you- "want". THEN, you will be ready for the "right man" when you find him. Trouble is, by the time she has dallied around so much, and received of all these different souls, her own identity is ruined/lost. 'Ever wonder 'why' some women simply cannot seem to be able to "give" themselves to their husbands, once they have settled down? Why the divorce rate is so high? The world says, that "shopping" will "enhance" the marriage once it comes. Trouble is, the "first one" -was- her marriage. By playing the field, she actually essentially obliterated ALL HOPE of -ever- having a decent marriage! Listen to this well, and TAKE HEED!! God knows what He is talking about when He recorded it all in the Scriptures.
And fathers... if you molest your daughters... SHAME ON YOU!!! You are MOST perverse! And are not fit to continue living! "According to the doings of the land of Egypt [the world]..you shall not do. You shall observe My judgments and keep My ordinances, to walk in them: I am Jehovah your God. None of you shall approach anyone who is near of kin to him, to [have sex] with them: I am Jehovah... Do not defile yourselves with any of these things; for by all these the nations are defiled, which I am casting out before you...therefore I visit the punishment of its iniquity upon it...for whoever commits any of these abominations, the persons who commit them shall be cut off from among their people. Therefore you shall keep My ordinance...and that you do not defile yourselves by [these abominable customs]: I am Jehovah your God." (~Lev18:1-30)
So now, as Believers...who do we spend our time with? The world? or Christ? Do we take upon ourselves the world's [nephesh]? If we have Christ, taking on the world is "defilement". It is corruption. It is a mixing of different souls. As we asked about the harlot, we then ask about ourselves, "Who are we?" And this is the question that keeps coming up about the "pretend church". Who are they? The world certainly can't tell! And True Believers are always questioning, never sure.
But there is an even greater reason, and actually, the NUMBER ONE reason. This, that we speak of in the next couple paragraphs, is the VERY 'CRUX' of the whole matter. As all these things were flooding in upon me, the nagging question that was not being answered immediately in my mind/heart was "WHY?" SO WHAT if a person has several souls/[nephesh]? Why is such a thing so detestible to God? And when the Lord allowed me to understand the answer, I was finally at peace over this whole topic. Somewhat like the psalmist, "When I thought how to understand this, it was too painful for me--until I went into the sanctuary of God; Then I understood their end." (Ps73:16-17)
For this we go way back, again, to the beginning. Remember? God made man "in His own image". (Gen1:26-27) What is God's image? "The LORD our God, the LORD is -ONE-" (Deu6:4) God is -ONE-! "..the LORD Himself is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there IS NO OTHER." (Deu4:39) "Is there a God besides Me? Indeed there is no other Rock; I know not one." (Is44:8) "I am the LORD, and there is no other.." (Is45:5)
When a man goes into a woman, it is a picture of when God "breathed into" man and gave him H/his soul [nephesh]. There is only -ONE- God for man. By the same token, there is only -ONE- man for the woman. Anything else is like idolatry. When God said, "You shall have no other gods before Me" (Ex20:3), if we understand what marriage is, the same holds true and the husband could say, 'you shall have no other husbands before me'. (Hos3:3) God is "jealous" when people go after other gods (Ex20:5) just as a man is jealous when some other man is with his wife. "For jealousy is a husband's fury; therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance." (Pr6:34) In spite of today's permissive TV socialist PSAs on "domestic violence" that say the man should not "restrict" his wife in terms of "...who she can see...", jealously is given to the man by God, to help maintain purity.
Back to the picture of Christ and the Church. There is -one- body and -one- Spirit, -one- Lord and -one- 'FAITH'. (Eph4:4-5) When a woman goes to another man she has "cast off [her] FIRST FAITH". (1Tm5:12)
You see, the order is "God - Christ - Man - Woman". (1Cor11:3) Just as God breathed into the man, Adam (Gen2:7), the woman is "from man". (1Cor11:8) "Nor was the man created for the woman, but woman for the man" (vs9, Gen2:20) Again, sorry feminists and lesbians. This is God's creative order of things. I'm not being chauvinistic in this. This is God's design. The blood, and therefore the [nephesh] goes from the man to the woman. It simply does not work the other way around. "Adam was formed first, then Eve." (1Tim2:13) And two women cannot give it to each other in God's designed/ordained manner; it is simply impossible.
I don't yet understand how "because of the angels" (1Cor11:10b) fits into this. But there is something about this beautiful "pearl" that they understand and observe. When satan's demons were with women in Genesis ch6, he was perverting God's design. And when mankind today lives an orgy-like existence, they are spitting in God's face saying, We don't need God... we are our own gods! And we will procreate ourselves (our [nephesh]) any ol' way we wish!
And while we are talking about all these different sorts of things, let's insert here... this is why cloning is wrong. That new life does not come about by God-ordained man-to-woman giving of the nephesh. One's own [nephesh] becomes copied. There becomes more-than-one [nephesh] of that person's self. Remember that God is "One". Man is in God's "One" -image-!
And so, Dear Reader...the question is asked of you. Who are you? Do you claim to be a "Christian"? You claim to be "in Christ"? But are you also "loving the world"? "Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him." (1Jn2:15) Remember, we "cannot serve two masters" (Mt6:24) We either love one and hate the other, or hate the first, and love the second. Man, are you a 'pure' man? Woman, do you have only -one- man's [nephesh]? As a Christian, do you have -only- Christ's [nephesh]? Or do you have the [nephesh] from all sorts of different sources of the world? If a person observes you, do they ask the question, "Who is he/she??" I can't tell. They say one thing out of their mouths, but their lives tell a different tale. WHO ARE THEY? Whose soul [nephesh] do they have?
So again... Who are you?
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