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Golden Calf of Monogamy

Who was the first woman after Eve’s disgrace to be given the HONOR of being mentioned in Scripture? and the second woman after Eve to be given that HONOR? and the third woman after Eve to be given that HONOR? Of whose family were these women members?

The answer is that they were the two wives of Lamech and one of his daughters. Lamech is the prophet who established the Castle Doctrine and the Stand Your Ground Doctrine of self defense. He prophesied that he [an innocent man] is worthy of seventy times seven times avenging since [guilty] Cain was worthy of seven times avenging. Lamech’s wife Adah was the grandmother of those who dwell in tents and raise livestock (shepherds) as well as those who play harp and organ (musicians) whose talent was passed down to King David and Lamech’s wife Zillah was the mother of the first teacher mentioned, Tubalcain, who taught how to produce brass and iron products, which would later be used for wheels, machines, and jewelry. Now women are rarely mentioned in the Bible but in the case of Lamech it is not only the two wives of Lamech who are showcased but one of his daughters as well, Naamah! Zillah’s daughter, Naamah is mentioned although nothing further is said about her. HOWEVER, there is a principle that is frequently found in the Bible and it is this; when something is mentioned three times it is affirming it as very important.

In the paragraph directly following the story of Lamech’s wives, the wife of Adam who bore Seth is not even mentioned! If it was Eve, her name was not mentioned. If she was one of Adam’s many daughters or even Naamah, the daughter of Lamech, nobody knows for the name of the one who bore Seth is simply not mentioned. Keep in mind that the birth of Seth comes 130 years after Adam was created so if you’re thinking that when it says, “And Adam knew his wife again” that it’s talking of Eve, there is a only a minuscule chance that you’re right.

Genesis 4:19-22 And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one [was] Adah, and the name of the other Zillah. And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and [of such as have] cattle. And his brother’s name [was] Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ. And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain [was] Naamah.

Genesis 4:24-25 If Cain shall be avenged seven times, truly Lamech seventy times seven. And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, [said she], hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.

Today’s Christians often slander Lamech, claiming he was a murderer. God will avenge them 70 times 7 times. I would not like to be them. I said Lamech is a prophet because he gave the first part of the answer that Jesus later gave about forgiveness. You must forgive 70 times 7 times so that you don’t accidentally slander because in that case you will be avenged by God 70 times 7 time. Ask your Lamech hating Christian friends whether they’ve ever heard of the Castle Doctrine or Stand Your Ground Doctrine of even borders or property rights since Lamech being mentioned in a chain of inheritance from the first earthly ruler, Adam, was a ruler himself with the rights of a ruler to enforce borders as well as property rights.

Proverbs 5:18 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice from the wife of thy youth.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, we have been misled. The preposition that occurs before “the wife” in the above sentence is NOT “with”! It is as I have written above, “from” as in the sentence “He ate the entire menu from steak to string beans.” To put it another way, “He ate the entire menu starting with the steak all the way to the string beans.”

In other words, it means “starting with” so that a better translation in modern English would be:
“Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice starting with the wife of thy youth.”
Keep in mind that Solomon had just been warning in verses 3-17 against going with whores and now he is contrasting that a man must instead rejoice, i.e., take pleasure in, his wives, starting with the wife of his youth, i.e., his first wife. There is absolutely no emphasis in the original verse on any exclusivity to a first wife because the word “with” does not even occur in the Hebrew. The word is  “from” as in, “starting with.” I discovered this in my Anderson Forbes Phrase Marker Analysis of the Hebrew Bible. Do not be fooled. One wife and one wife only is NEVER taught in the Bible.

It’s impossible not to SEE the implication in the sentence when it is properly translated. “rejoice starting with the wife of thy youth….” till the wife you take when you’re an old guy. It also has an inference, that you must indeed rejoice with your first wife! Starting with your first wife!

The author, H.D.M. Spence, criticizes King David for something that the Bible NEVER criticized him for, polygamy. The Bible says in 1 Kings 15:5 that

“David did [that which was] right in the eyes of the LORD, and turned not aside from any [thing] that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.”

The author disagrees with the Bible when he writes,

“David’s public and private career was necessarily the better for the presence in his home of such a woman, {Abigail} though the elevating influence of her character was impaired by his adoption of polygamy. Many are the counteracting influences under which the best of men develope, and Scripture, by thus calling attention to David’s domestic affairs, gives us a clue to some of the circumstances amidst which his virtues and failings appeared.”

Again he writes:

“Yet it is open to us to note how, at a time when polygamy was ‘winked at,’ and no sin was necessarily to lie on this account at the door of David, yet by this very thing he was undermining the peace and unity of his own family.”

This is double speak. On the one hand Spence says that “no sin was necessarily to lie on this account at the door of David” and on the other he says that David was “undermining the peace and unity of his own family” and that David “impaired” Abigail’s “elevating influence.” To this I ask, Does Spence think that Abigail was so base as to let her husband David’s marriage to additional wives keep her from maintaining a right relationship with her husband and with the Lord? By accusing David he accuses Abigail. Neither can defend themselves here but I would say that the Psalms are quite a defense in themselves against attacks by those who prostrate themselves at the Golden Calf of Monogamy. It is clear in the Psalms that David understood more about a right relationship with the Lord than any of us. Can I get an Amen to that?

Sin is what the Bible calls sin and the Bible never calls polygamy a sin. The nation of Israel came from four wives of the same man. I suppose that Jacob sinned by carrying out the Lord’s plan to bless him? To believe such a thing borders on anti-Semitism. By focusing on polygamy and claiming that it was the cause of so many a biblical character’s downfall, our eyes are turned away from our own sinful nature as a reason for failure. We are become like the man who stood in front of the temple and prayed “God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men [are], extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.” Christians should pray like the publican whom Jesus praised, “God be merciful to me a sinner.”

If you like cultural pap disguised as theology then you will like what Spence has written. If you prefer the truth then find a good Bible and you’ll learn that neither Christian monogamy nor Christian polygamy are taught but simply Christian marriage which includes the right of a man to have more than one such marriage at the same time.

Please note that my comments should never be construed to question any author’s salvation nor should any reader here question my salvation if they in like fashion disagree with me on the topic of marriage.

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Admonitions

Great men are not [always] wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.

— Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram, Job 32:9

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