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This is Part 4 of Part 5 of our study on The Seventh Commandment.

 

Criminal Behavior

It is a statistical fact that children are much more likely to be molested by homosexuals than they are heterosexuals, as reported by Ken Walker in an article entitled “Homosexuals more likely to molest kids, study reports:”

A social researcher who has studied sexual behavior for 24 years believes the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has sound reasons for maintaining its prohibition against gay scoutmasters. A homosexual cannot automatically be considered a child molester, said Judith Reisman, president of the Institute for Media Education in Suburban Louisville, Ky. But with 17-24 percent of boys being abused by age 18, nearly as many as the 25 percent of girls, there is cause for concern, she said. Since heterosexuals outnumber the homosexual population about 44 to 1, as a group the incidences of homosexuals molesting children is up to 40 times greater than heterosexuals, she said. “You’re looking at a much higher rate of abuse,” said Reisman, a former university research professor who recently completed a study titled, “Crafting Gay Children.” “The Department of Justice just released data and the rate of abuse are off the charts.” …Reisman points to figures from a 1991 population study by the U.S. Department of Commerce. It showed that 8 million girls were abused by age 18 by heterosexual men, a ratio of 1 victim to 11 adult men. However, 6-8 million boys were abused by age 18 by 1-2 million adult homosexuals, a ratio of 3-5 victims for every gay adult.

…Figures released last summer (2000) by the Justice Department reveal that … 67 percent of all reported sex abuse victims are children and 64 percent of forcible sodomy victims are boys under 12….

Even homosexual activists don’t try to hide the connection with pedophilia. In The Gay Report – a book published back in 1979 – authors Karla Jay and Allen Young found that 73 percent of those surveyed had had sexual relations with males 16 to 19 or younger.[1]

[1] Ken Walker, “Homosexuals more likely to molest kids, study reports,” May 30, 2001, BP News, www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=11002.

Because sodomites cannot reproduce, they must recruit the young into their ranks. A rallying cry of some homosexuals is “Sex before eight – before it’s too late.” Two groups in particular prey on young boys – Pedophiles Anonymous (PAN) and the North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA), which advocates eliminating the age of sexual consent altogether.

Another seldom mentioned statistic is that the five leading United States serial killers, averaging 30 murders each, were all homosexuals. Jeffrey Dahlmer, who killed 17 young men and boys over a thirteen-year period, is the most recent and probably the most infamous. Sixty-six percent of all mass murders between 1975 and 1992 were committed by homosexuals.

Law and Order (June 1995) published an article by Vernon Geberth entitled “Homosexual Serial Murder Investigation:”

Homosexual homicides, where victims are killed by lovers of the same sex, are relatively common….

Homosexual serial murders involve sadomasochistic torture, lust murders, thrill killings, and child killings as well as robbery homicides which are homosexually-oriented. Homosexual serial killers can be loosely divided into three groups: (1) The homosexual serial killer, who exclusively targets other homosexuals of the same gender, (2) The homosexual-oriented serial killer, who attacks heterosexual and homosexual victims, (3) The male pedophile homosexual serial killer, who attacks young males and boys….

The table [provided in Geberth’s article] shows a listing of 37 known and documented homosexual serial killers, which represent 30 cases of homosexual serial murder. These 37 offenders were charged with the deaths of approximately 280 male victims and are suspected of murdering approximately 755 victims.[2]

[2] Vernon Geberth, “Homosexual Serial Murder Investigation,” Law and Order, June 1995, page 83. Lieutenant Commander (Retired) Vernon J. Geberth, M.P.S., M.S., was a homicide commander with the New York City Police Department.

Back in the Closet, Under the Blood or In a Casket

Abigail Van Buren, in one of her Dear Abby columns, claimed that “If a person has one or two sexual experiences with someone of the same sex” it does not make him gay.[3] By that same logic, Van Buren should have also informed her readers that if Ted Bundy had only raped one or two women, he would not have been a rapist.

[3] Abigail Van Buren, Dear Abbey.

In Yahweh’s sight, one homosexual act alone makes a person a homosexual – until that person repents of his or her perversion and they are covered by the shed blood of Yeshua the Messiah, they remain in their sin.

9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither [This list of sinners, which continues into v 10, is used by Paul to describe various sinful lifestyles. All such lifestyles are impossible for true believers, who continue to sin but not to live lives of sin.] the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate [by perversion], nor those [Literally, male homosexuals.] who participate in homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers [whose words are used as weapons to abuse, insult, humiliate, intimidate, or slander], nor swindlers will inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you [before you believed]. But you were washed [by the atoning sacrifice of Christ], you were sanctified [set apart for God, and made holy], you were justified [declared free of guilt] in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the [Holy] Spirit of our God [the source of the believer’s new life and changed behavior].

(1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)

Whether a person has committed a homosexual act a hundred times or only once, that person is a homosexual, at least until he or she becomes a Christian. Becoming a Christian can only be accomplished by renouncing and completely turning away from this perverted lifestyle.[4] Otherwise, under Yahweh’s Laws, sodomy is a capital crime against society and should be punished as such.

[4] Mark 16:15-16, Acts 2:36-41, 22:1-16, Romans 6:3-4, Galatians 3:26-27 and 1 Peter 3:21 should be studied in order to understand what is required for salvation in Yeshua. For a more thorough explanation concerning baptism and its relationship to salvation, “Baptism by the Scriptures” may be read at www.missiontoisrael.org/baptismbythescriptures.php.

Bestiality

You shall not have intimate relations with any animal to be defiled with it; nor shall a woman stand before an animal to mate with it; it is a perversion.

(Leviticus 18:23, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis added)

Certain people attempt to use Leviticus 18:23 as a prohibition against miscegenation or interracial mixing. Miscegenation, as we have seen, is addressed in verse 21. Furthermore, the word “beast” is translated from the word behemah (Strong’s #H929), which is Hebrew for quadruped animals:

…from an unused root (probably meaning to be mute); properly, a dumb beast; especially any large quadruped or animal (often collective).[5]

[5] James Strong=, “בְּהֵמָה,” “Dictionary of the Hebrew Bible,” The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1990) page 110.

The Septuagint translates this verse, “Neither shalt thou lie with any quadruped for copulation, to be polluted with it: neither shall a woman present herself before any quadruped to have connexion with it; for it is an abomination.”

As is true in most issues, the Talmud (Yabamoth 59b), the Jews’ religious book of faith, promotes the exact opposite of what the Bible teaches:

Women having intercourse with a beast can marry a priest, the act is but a mere wound.

Modern society is also beginning to promote bestiality:

“The present sexual revolution is experimenting extensively with bestiality. Dr. [Lars] Ullerstam has pleaded for abolition of “this moral yoke,” the prohibition against bestiality, and vindicates the act.”[6]

[6] Rousas John Rushdoony, The Institutes of Biblical Law, (The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1984) page 439.

One might contend that Dr. Ullerstam is promoting the rape of animals. Where are animal rights activists when you actually need them?

A bill was recently introduced before the Massachusetts’ Legislature in which the existing punishment for the crime of bestiality would be replaced with a less severe sentence:

BOSTON, November 17, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Four legislators in Massachusetts are quickly following up on their success at legalizing homosexual unions by pushing for softening laws against other forms of sexual deviance. They have introduced a bill [Senate Bill 938] that proposed to reduce the penalties associated with the state’s prohibition on sex acts with animals.

The four Democrat legislators, Cynthia S. Creem, Robert A. O’Leary, Michael E. Festa and David P. Linsky, are all vocal supporters of abortion, homosexual unions, and are all endorsed by all three of Massachusetts’ gay lobby groups….

The bill would amend the Massachusetts penal code to give judges the option of imposing only a fine or an eighteen-month [sic – twenty-eight month] sentence in local jails for those convicted. It reads, “Whoever commits a sexual act on an animal shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 20 years or in a house of correction for not more than 2 ½ years, or by a fine of not more than $5,000, or by both such fine and imprisonment.”…

By calling the bill, “An Act Relative to Archaic Crimes,” its sponsors have revealed their bias which assumes that traditional sexual morality is “archaic” and no longer relevant to modern society….[7]

[7] Hilary White, “First Comes Gay Marriage then Comes Bestiality in Massachusetts,” November 17, 2005, LifeSiteNews.com, www.lifesite.net/ldn/2005/nov/05111703.5html.

The judgment for this abomination is provided to us in Exodus Chapter 22:

Whoever lies with an animal must be put to death.

(Exodus 22:19, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis added)

Leviticus Chapter 20 demands that the animal with which this perversion is committed also be killed:

15 If a man has intimate relations with an animal, he shall most certainly be put to death; you shall kill the animal also. 16 If a woman approaches any animal to mate with it, you shall kill the woman and the animal; they shall most certainly be put to death; their blood is on them.

(Leviticus 20:15-16, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis added)

In some of the early colonies of New England where the Laws of Yahweh were the law of the land, these statutes and judgments were taken literally:

The laws of Puritan New England required the death penalty in terms of Scripture. Thus, John Winthrop recorded, “One Hackett, a servant in Salem … was found in buggery with a cow, upon the Lord’s day;” in accordance with Biblical law, both man and cow were executed.[8]

[8] Rushdoony, page 256.

Prostitution

Do not profane your daughter by making her a prostitute, so that the land will not fall to prostitution and become full of wickedness.

(Leviticus 19:29, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis added)

There shall be no cult prostitute among the daughters of Israel, nor shall there be a cult prostitute (a sodomite) among the sons of Israel.

(Deuteronomy 23:17, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comment added)

Webster’s 1828 dictionary states that the word “whore” is derived from huriaw, meaning to hire. This sin, therefore, can be described as unlawful sexual commerce. Prostitution, whoredom and harlotry are all terms describing promiscuous sexual relations performed for hire or payment.

A story is told of Irish-born playwright and critic George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), sitting at dinner beside a very attractive woman. Shaw asked her, “Madame, would you go to bed with me for f50,000? The woman looked astonished and hemmed and hawed a bit but did not reject. Shaw then asked, “Well, how about f5,000? The woman still did not refuse. “Well, look,” said Shaw, “would you go to bed with me for f12?” “Mr. Shaw!” the woman exclaimed, “What do you think I am?” Shaw replied, “We’ve already established that, Madame. We’re just negotiating the price.” The price is not what determines whether a woman is a prostitute; it only determines whether or not she is well-paid.

Likewise, women or men who are paid to remove their clothing for pornographic magazines or movies and Hollywood actors and actresses who are paid to go to bed with someone who is not their husband or wife are also prostitutes in principle, if not in fact.

Legalized Prostitution

From time-to-time, the idea of legalizing prostitution is discussed among our legislators and in the media and it has already been legalized in some countries. But in such places, prostitution has only become legal – not lawful. Man’s legislation can never make lawful what Yahweh has outlawed.

Priests and Prostitutes

Leviticus Chapter 21 forbids Yahweh’s priests from marrying harlots:

6 They [the priests the sons of Aaron (see Leviticus 21:1)] shall be holy unto their God…. 7 They shall not take a wife that is a whore, or profane; neither shall they take a woman put away from her husband: for he is holy unto his God…. 9 And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire…. 13 And he [the priest] shall take a wife in her virginity. 14 A widow, or a divorced woman, or profane, or an harlot, these shall he not take: but he shall take a virgin of his own people to wife. 15 Neither shall he profane his seed among his people: for I the LORD [Strong’s Concordance #H3068 YHWH in the Hebrew text] do sanctify him.

(Leviticus 21:6-15, King James Version (KJV), emphasis and comments added)

Prostitution is such a grievous sin to Yahweh that He requires the corpse of an executed prostitute to be burned with fire. Perhaps this added desecration is because prostitutes not only make a living from this form of adultery but their livelihood demands that they seek an endless number of victims:

9 In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night … 10 there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil [cunning NASV] of heart…. 13 So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him,16 I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt. 17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. 18 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves…. 21 With her much fair speech she caused [enticed NASV] him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced [seduced NASV] him…. 25 Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. 26 For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. 27 Her house is the way to hell [sheol], going down to the chambers of death.

(Proverbs 7:9-27, King James Version (KJV), emphasis and comments added)

In verse 26 above, it declares that many strong men have been slain by her. Strong men should not be understood to mean only the physically strong. Many spiritually strong men have also been destroyed by lewd women:

25 Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids. 26 For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life. 27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? 28 Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.

(Proverbs 6:25-32, King James Version (KJV), emphasis added)

15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Am I therefore to take the members of Christ and make them part of a prostitute [Corinth was famous for its prostitutes, and many if not all probably practiced their trade in connection with the worship of Aphrodite. Having relations with temple or cult prostitutes was considered acceptable behavior, and Paul’s admonitions here indicate that some of the Corinthian converts were continuing the practice.]? Certainly not! 16 Do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her? For He says, “The two shall be one flesh. 17 But the one who is united and joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. 18 Run away from sexual immorality [in any form, whether thought or behavior, whether visual or written]. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the one who is sexually immoral sins against his own body. 19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is within you, whom you have [received as a gift] from God, and that you are not your own [property]? 20 You were bought with a price [you were actually purchased with the precious blood of Jesus and made His own]. So then, honor and glorify God with your body.

(1 Corinthians 6:15-20, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)

The Apostle Paul admonished the Corinthian Christians to flee fornication. This should bring to mind Joseph who literally fled when Potipher’s wife attempted to seduce him. There are far too few who flee as Joseph did. Instead, they become victims, both physically and spiritually of women who commerce in sex.

Of course, prostitutes are not the only guilty party in this sin. King Solomon describes men who are controlled by their lusts as simpletons:

6 For at the window of my house I looked through my casement, 7 and beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding, 8 passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house…. 22 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; 23 till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.

(Proverbs 7:6-23, King James Version (KJV), emphasis added)

A thesaurus will provide you with the following list of synonyms for the word “simpleton:” half-wit, moron, ignoramus and boob, among others. Worse than that, such a man is a perverted, fornicating adulterer. And unless he repents and he is covered by the shed blood of Yeshua, he will be judged and condemned for his sins.[9]

[9] Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:36-41, 22:1-16; Romans 6:3-4; Galatians 3:26-27 and 1 Peter 3:21 should be studied in order to understand what is required to be covered by the blood of Yeshua and be forgiven of sins. For a more thorough explanation concerning baptism and its relationship to salvation, Baptism by the Scriptures may be read at www.missiontoisrael.org/baptismbythescriptures.php.

The “Victimless” Crime

Prostitution is often described as the victimless crime. Yet, in Proverbs 7:26 Solomon declared many are its male victims. And what about the prostitutes themselves – are they unscathed by this sin? Certainly, they will be punished spiritually but what about physical and emotional abuse?

Seldom do we hear the statistics regarding the prostitutes themselves. In a Reader’s Digest article entitled “Why the Shocking Rise in Prostitution?” Nathan M. Adams provides the following quotation:

“Many judges and prosecutors consider prostitution a ‘victimless crime,’” says former Washington police chief Maurice Cullinane. “Time after time, I have asked them to increase fines and award jail time, but they consider dealing with prostitution a nuisance. Well, they don’t live in affected neighborhoods. It’s not their daughter who is on the street. They don’t see how these girls are scarred, physically and emotionally. Believe me, there’s nothing ‘victimless’ about prostitution.”[10]

[10] Nathan M. Adams, “Why the Shocking Rise in Prostitution?,” Readers Digest (Pleasantville, NY: The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc., 1978) Volume 112, No. 673, May 1978, pages 203-204.

In an article entitled “The Truth on Prostitution” by Amanda Smith, The Rocky Mountain News reported the following:

There is a class of people in this country who are regularly beaten, tortured, raped, kidnapped, bought, sold, traded and jailed. They are poor, addicted and homeless. They live in every town. Most of us barely know they are there. Those of us who do know tend to snicker. They’re called prostitutes.

The Council for Prostitution Alternatives in Portland, Ore., offers these stomach-churning statistics from women in their program: The age when they entered prostitution ranged from 1 to 34. 78% have been raped, an average of 46 times a year. 84% assaulted, an average of 103 times a year. 49% kidnapped by pimps or customers, 10 times a year. 55% tortured. 27% mutilated. 65% have attempted suicide. 87% have been homeless.[11]

[11] Amanda Smith, “The Truth on Prostitution,” The Rocky Mountain News, Friday, October 30, 1992.

And all of the venereal diseases that are common among prostitutes are passed on to their customers and then to other prostitutes in an endless cycle.

The Solution

Solomon provided the means for avoiding the siren song of prostitutes:

23 For the commandment is a lamp, and the teaching [of the law] is light, And reproofs (rebukes) for discipline are the way of life, 24 To keep you from the evil woman, From [the flattery of] the smooth tongue of an immoral woman.

(Proverbs 6:23-24, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)

The Wiles of the Prostitute

1 My son, keep my words And treasure my commandments within you [so they are readily available to guide you]. 2 Keep my commandments and live, And keep my teaching and law as the apple of your eye. 3 Bind them [securely] on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 Say to [skillful and godly] wisdom, “You are my sister,” And regard understanding and intelligent insight as your intimate friends; 5 That they may keep you from the immoral woman, From the foreigner [who does not observe God’s laws and] who flatters with her [smooth] words.

(Proverbs 7:1-5, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)

The Psalmist concurred:

9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping watch [on himself] according to Your word [conforming his life to Your precepts]. 10 With all my heart I have sought You, [inquiring of You and longing for You]; Do not let me wander from Your commandments [neither through ignorance nor by willful disobedience]. 11 Your word I have treasured and stored in my heart, That I may not sin against You.

(Psalm 119:9-11, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)

Serve Yahweh, keep His commandments, flee fornication and you will be one of today’s Josephs, going where few today travel – on Yahweh’s high road of purity and holiness.

Remarriage to a Twice-Divorced Woman

1 When a man takes a wife and marries her, and it happens that she loses [Literally, finds no favor in his eyes.] his favor because he has found something indecent or unacceptable about her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce, puts it in her hand and sends her out of his house, 2 and after she leaves his house, she goes and becomes another man’s wife,

(Deuteronomy 24:1-2, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comment added)

Although it is not His desire for us, Yahweh did provide for divorce. This provision was confirmed by Yeshua:

3 And Pharisees came to Jesus, testing Him and asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?” 4 He replied, “Have you never read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined inseparably to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate.” 7 The Pharisees said to Him, “Why then did Moses command us to give her a certificate of divorce and send her away?” 8 He said to them, “Because your hearts were hard and stubborn Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way.”

(Matthew 19:3-8, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis added)

Yahweh knew that not all men would be able to fulfill His perfect plan for their lives concerning marriage and therefore it would sometimes be better for them to divorce their wives rather than to continue in an unwholesome or dangerous relationship. Nevertheless, divorce is certainly not without its repercussions.

Divorce is tragic and it has lasting effects on generations to come. In most instances, divorce leaves deep, often permanent scars on one or both divorced partners, sometimes even resulting in suicide and murder. Before deciding to marry, every couple should understand that: “Getting married is like buying a phonograph record. You buy it for what is on one side but you have to take the flip side as well. Divorce is like getting the hole in the middle.”

Divorce should always be the last resort, the solution only when all else fails and reconciliation is impossible. Divorce is seldom, if ever, a positive good. At the best, it’s the lesser of two evils.

In light of Yahweh’s Law and Yeshua’s validation of it, divorce and remarriage cannot be entirely censored. Many Christians erroneously believe that remarriage is only permitted in instances involving marital infidelity. In Deuteronomy Chapter 24, Yahweh provided for remarriage with only one exception and it was not for marital infidelity:

3 and if the latter [second] husband turns [Literally, hates.] against her and writes her a certificate of divorce, puts it in her hand, and sends her out of his house, or if the latter [second] husband dies who took her as his wife, 4 then her former [first] husband who [first] sent her away may not take her again as his wife, since she has been defiled; for that is an outrage before the Lord, and you shall not bring sin on the land which the Lord [Strong’s Concordance #H3068 YHWH in the Hebrew text] your God gives you as an inheritance.

(Deuteronomy 24:3-4, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)

In defiance to this Seventh Commandment statute, certain churches require women who have married a second time to divorce their second husband and return to their first husband as a part of their repentance in coming to Christ for salvation. Such antinomian[12] churches are no different from those who perform sodomite weddings – both are blatant violators of Yahweh’s morality, as codified in His Law (Torah).

[12] Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 1: one who holds that under the gospel dispensation of grace the moral law is of no use or obligation because faith alone is necessary to salvation 2: one who rejects a socially established morality.

Marriage to a Put-Away Woman

Deuteronomy 24:1-2 stipulates three elements that constitute a lawful divorce. 1) a husband must write out a certificate of divorce, 2) he must deliver the certificate to his wife, and 3) he must put her out of his house. Simply separating from one’s wife does not constitute a lawful divorce.

Although Yahweh surely hates divorce, it was not divorce that He was speaking about in Malachi Chapter 2:

15 But not one has done so who has a remnant of the Spirit. And what did that one do while seeking a godly offspring? Take heed then to your spirit, and let no one deal treacherously against the wife of your youth. 16 For I hate divorce [I.e., unwarranted divorce. Conditions for divorce are outlined. See Deuteronomy 24:1-4; Ezra 10:10-19; Matthew 5:31, 32; 19:3-12; 1 Corinthians 7:10-16.],” says the Lord, the God of Israel, “and him who covers his garment with wrong and violence,” says the Lord of hosts. “Therefore keep watch on your spirit, so that you do not deal treacherously [with your wife].”

(Malachi 2:15-16, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)

Had Yahweh wanted to convey hatred for divorce, He would have used the Hebrew word keriythuwth (Strong’s #H3748). Instead, He used shalach (Strong’s #H7971), correctly translated in the King James Bible as putting away.

Because divorce is lawful, it could not have been the treachery described by Malachi without making Yahweh the author of confusion. The men in Malachi’s day were dealing treacherously with their wives because they were putting them out of their homes without the certificate of divorce required in Deuteronomy Chapter 24. Therefore, these put away, but not divorced, women could not seek another husband without committing adultery.

In their vindictiveness, these husbands were putting their wives in a deplorable predicament. If a wife “remarried” or attached herself to another man, she would have been subject to stoning[13] for adultery, because, by Law, without a certificate of divorce she was still married to her first husband. If she did not commit adultery, she was left to fend for herself, which was nearly impossible under the conditions of that time. Some women felt they had no other choice but to resort to prostitution in order to provide for themselves and their children. Consequently, one can understand why Yahweh would hate the treachery those men committed.

[13] Stoning is Yahweh’s means for capital punishment. Reasons for stoning can be read at https://www.missiontoisrael.org/capital-punishment.php.

Because some words were poorly translated, it may not be immediately apparent that this is the same treachery that Yeshua commented upon in Matthew Chapter 5. I have inserted apoluo (Strong’s #G630), which means to put away, and apostasion (Strong’s #G647), which means divorce, into the New American Standard Bible text to assist in detecting the mistranslation:

And it was said, “Whoever sends his wife away [apoluo], let him give her a certificate of divorce [apostasion];” but I [Yeshua] say to you that everyone who divorces [apoluo] his wife, except for the cause of unchastity, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced [apoluo] woman commits adultery.

(Matthew 5:31-32, New American Standard Version (NASV), comments added)

The King James Bible more correctly rendered these two verses but it still did not get them completely right:

And it was said, “Whoever sends his wife away [apoluo], let him give her a certificate of divorce [apostasion];” But I [Yeshua] say unto you, That whosoever shall put away [apoluo] his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced [apoluo] committeth adultery.

(Matthew 5:31-32, King James Version (KJV), comments added)

Both of the previous renditions put Yeshua in conflict with Yahweh in Deuteronomy Chapter 24. Had Yahweh wanted this last clause to read “whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery,” He would have inspired Matthew to use the Greek word apostasion. When correctly translated “whosoever shall marry her that is put away committeth adultery,” we find that Yeshua’s statement is in perfect harmony with Yahweh’s Law on divorce as provided in Deuteronomy Chapter 24.

Yeshua pointed out that the man who puts away his wife without a writ of divorce causes her to commit adultery if she becomes another man’s “wife.” The man who “marries” a put away but un-divorced woman, would be a partner in her crime because without a lawful divorce contract annulling any previous marriage contract, she would still be another man’s wife.

When Yeshua’s statement concerning divorce and remarriage is translated and understood correctly, it is apparent that He was in complete harmony with the Law of divorce and remarriage in Deuteronomy 24:1-4. Had He taught anything contrary to this Law, He would have been promoting disobedience to the Law of Yahweh and He could not, therefore, be our Savior.[14]

[14] For a more thorough explanation concerning divorce and remarriage, Marriage, Divorce & Remarriage may be read at http://www.missiontoisrael.org/m-d-remar.php.

The following account from John Chapter 4 also reveals that the usual interpretation of Matthew 5:31-32 cannot be correct:

15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. 16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. 17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: 18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.”

(John 4:15-18, King James Version (KJV))

It is often falsely deduced from Matthew Chapter 5 that if a divorced woman marries another man, she becomes an adulteress and that the man who takes her for his wife becomes an adulterer. But if this were true, Yeshua would have designated only the first man as this woman’s lawful husband and the following four men as adulterers.

The Exception Clause

At first glance, Yeshua’s statement in Matthew 5:32, “saving for the cause of fornication” appears to be in conflict with the previous interpretation. But it, too, fits perfectly with Yahweh’s Law on divorce.

The word “fornication” is translated from the Greek word porneia (Strong’s #G4202). Porneia is used in the New Testament to describe incest (1 Corinthians 5:1), harlotry (1 Corinthians 6:13-18, 10:8), forbidden lineage relationships (Hebrews 12:15-16), and homosexuality (Jude 7). Although not specifically mentioned in the New Testament, miscegenation, bestiality, remarriage to a twice-divorced woman and marrying a put away but un-divorced woman are also fornication because porneia can be used to describe any unlawful sexual relationship.

What do these acts of fornication have to do with Yeshua’s declaration in Matthew 5:31-32? It must be remembered that in Matthew Chapter 5, Yeshua was not condemning divorce but rather the putting away of a wife without a bill of divorcement. With this in mind and with some of these acts of porneia inserted into the corrected text, Matthew 5:31-32 should be understood to say the following:

And it was said, “Whoever sends his wife away [apoluo], let him give her a certificate of divorce [apostasion];” But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away [apoluo] his wife [without a writing of divorcement], saving for the cause of fornication [incest, forbidden lineage relationships, miscegenation, etc.], causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her [any un-divorced woman] that is put away [apoluo] committeth adultery.

(Matthew 5:31-32, King James Version (KJV), comments added)

Deuteronomy 24:1 forbids a man from putting away his lawful wife without a certificate of divorce. But a divorce certificate is not required if the union is one of porneia or fornication. Such relationships are not lawful marriages and therefore they do not require a divorce certificate. As demonstrated in Ezra Chapter 10, termination of these types of relationships only require repentance or the putting away of the unlawful partner:

2 Shecaniah the son of Jehiel, of the sons of Elam, said to Ezra, “We have been unfaithful to our God and have married foreign women from the peoples of the land; yet now there is hope for Israel in spite of this. 3 Therefore let us now make a covenant with our God to send away all the [foreign] wives and their children, in accordance with the advice of my lord and of those who tremble [in reverent obedience] at the commandment of our God; and let it be done in accordance with the Law.

(Ezra 10:2-3, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)

This interpretation of Matthew 5:32’s exception clause is the only interpretation that harmonizes with Deuteronomy 24:1 and that does not put Yeshua in conflict with the morality of Yahweh. Instead of being at odds with the Law of Yahweh, Yeshua simply expounded upon and confirmed that Deuteronomy 24:1-4 was the standard for divorce and remarriage except in cases of fornication, which only requires the putting away of an unlawful partner.[14]

Mixed-Faith Relationships

12 Watch yourself so that you do not make a covenant (solemn agreement, treaty) with the inhabitants of the land into which you are going, or it will become a [dangerous] trap among you. 13 But you shall tear down and destroy their [pagan] altars, smash in pieces their [sacred] pillars (obelisks, images) and cut down their Asherim [Symbols of the mother-goddess Asherah, usually a tree or pole dedicated to her and placed near her many shrines.] 14 —for you shall not worship any other god; for the Lord [Strong’s Concordance #H3068 YHWH in the Hebrew text], whose name is Jealous, is a jealous (impassioned) God [demanding what is rightfully and uniquely His]15 otherwise you might make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land and they would play the prostitute with their gods and sacrifice to their gods, and someone might invite you to eat [Literally, and you would eat. It was commonplace in ancient cultures to invite friends to a sacrifice to a pagan deity. Aside from its religious implications, at the end of the ceremony the sacrifice became a meal for all present and served as a social occasion.] his sacrifice (meal), 16 and you might take some of his daughters for your sons, and his daughters would play the prostitute with their gods and cause your sons also to play the prostitute (commit apostasy) with their gods [that is, abandon the true God for man-made idols].

(Exodus 34:12-16, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)

14 Do not be unequally bound together with unbelievers [do not make mismatched alliances with them, inconsistent with your faith]. For what partnership can righteousness have with lawlessness? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15 What harmony can there be between Christ and Belial (Satan)? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said: “I will dwell among them and walk among them; And I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 17 “So come out from among unbelievers and be separate,” says the Lord, “And do not touch what is unclean; And I will graciously receive you and welcome you [with favor], 18 And I will be a Father to you, And you will be My sons and daughters,” Says the Lord Almighty.

(2 Corinthians 6:14-18, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)

These and others passages condemn partnerships between Christians and non-Christians. Even when both partners are racially alike, mixed-faith relationships do not constitute a lawful marriage. The one exception to this is when one partner becomes a Christian after already having been married as a non-Christian to a non-Christian:

12 To the rest [Christians married to non-believers. It is evident that some of the married couples in Corinth had wed before either of them had become Christians, and subsequently the believing spouses probably wondered whether their marriage was legitimate in the eyes of God.] I declare—I, not the Lord [since Jesus did not discuss this]—that if any [believing] brother has a wife who does not believe [in Christ], and she consents to live with him, he must not leave her. 13 And if any [believing] woman has an unbelieving husband, and he consents to live with her, she must not leave him. 14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified [that is, he receives the blessings granted. The unbeliever is not saved by marriage to a Christian. Each person, whether spouse or child, must make a personal decision to accept and follow Christ to receive salvation and God’s promises.] through his [Christian] wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be [ceremonially] unclean [The word used here seems to be borrowed from the language of OT ritual. There were many things that could render a person ceremonially unclean. All these things would disqualify a person from participating in worship, and required cleansing rituals to correct.], but as it is they are holy. 15 But if the unbelieving partner leaves, let him leave. In such cases the [remaining] brother or sister is not [spiritually or morally] bound. But God has called us to peace [Probably peace between the spouses, hopefully leading to restoration and salvation (v 16).]. 16 For how do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband [by leading him to Christ]? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife [by leading her to Christ]?

(1 Corinthians 7:12-16, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)

The Greek word translated unequally yoked in 2 Corinthians 6:14 is heterozugeo (Strong’s #G2086) and means to associate discordantly. Such disparate yoking is forbidden even as it pertains to animals:

You shall not plow with an ox [a clean animal] and a donkey [an unclean animal] together [As a practical matter, the two different species would not work well together, particularly pulling a plow, wagon, etc.].

(Deuteronomy 22:10, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)

The dissimilar gaits of an ox and a horse when yoked together have a tendency to chafe both animals more if they are not alike and they can contribute to the breakdown of one or both animals. Similarly, no matter how good the intentions are between a Christian and a non-Christian, they will always be out of step with each other.[15]

[15] This principle also applies to miscegenation.

Yoking harnesses to two oxen or two horses together for the united purpose of plowing or pulling a wagon in the same direction. Their combined strength is multiplied for the task at hand. For example, one 2200 lb. draft horse can, on average, pull his own weight. Two draft horses together can pull from 12,000 to 16,000 lbs.

If ever there is a relationship where this combined strength and purpose is needed, it is that of a husband and wife. And nothing can frustrate or thwart this effort like a mixed-faith relationship. Not only will the world-views of a Christian and non-Christian be opposed to each other but everything from child rearing to interpersonal relationships to career objectives will be affected. It will, at best, be a discordant relationship.

If the Christian in an unequally yoked relationship holds firm to his morals and principles and, especially, if he requires that all be done according to Yahweh’s Laws, he and his spouse will inevitably irritate or provoke one another. Most marriages have enough challenges without these inherent problems caused by mixed-faith relationships.

None of this is to suggest that the Christian in such a relationship will remain true to his convictions. In fact, the deck is stacked against the Christian because “bad company corrupts good morals.” (1 Corinthians 15:33 NASV) Someone else put it this way “If you are around an evil or negative influence long enough, you will go from objection to tolerance, from tolerance to acceptance, from acceptance to participation and even enjoyment.”

In 1 Corinthians Chapter 7, the Apostle Paul provided another witness that Christians are to marry only Christians:

A wife is bound [to her husband by law] as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry whomever she wishes, only [provided that he too is] in the Lord.

(1 Corinthians 7:39, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)

Although common sense alone provides plenty of reasons to shun mixed-faith relationships, the only reason a Christian needs is that the relationship would be adultery in the eyes of Yahweh.

Courtship

Because marriage should be the only intent of courtship, Christians should never court non-Christians. To do otherwise is to flirt with trouble, distress, grief and possibly even one’s salvation. Once a Christian is emotionally involved with a non-Christian, emotions will almost invariably overrule convictions.

The young person who vows not to court a non-Christian will never have to concern himself with “marrying” a non-Christian. Daughters should never be faced with such a decision in the first place. The final decision regarding whom a daughter courts and marries belongs to her father or if her father is no longer living to her father’s nearest male relative:

3 Also if a woman makes a vow to the Lord and binds herself by a pledge [of abstinence], while living in her father’s house in her youth, 4 and her father hears her vow and her pledge by which she has bound herself, and he offers no objection, then all her vows shall stand and every pledge by which she has bound herself shall stand. 5 But if her father disapproves of her [making her vow] on the day that he hears about it, none of her vows or her pledges by which she has bound herself shall stand; and the Lord will forgive her because her father has disapproved of her [making the vow].

(Numbers 30:3-5, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)

Fathers ultimately have the final choice even as it pertains to defiled virgins:

16 If a man seduces a virgin who is not betrothed, and lies with her, he must pay a dowry (marriage price) for her to be his wife. 17 If her father absolutely refuses to give her to him, he must [still] pay money equivalent to the dowry of virgins.

(Exodus 22:16-17, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)

No matter who the couple may find to perform the ceremony or what license the state may provide, elopements are not lawful marriages in Yahweh’s eyes. Any magistrate or pastor who would perform such a wedding is no different from those who would perform a homosexual ceremony – he becomes an accessory to adultery. Just as man should not put asunder what Yahweh has joined together, man cannot join together what Yahweh has not united.

Fathers should also be looking for suitable wives for their sons, although that decision ultimately belongs to the prospective father-in-law. Unless he decides that your son is the man to whom he wants to pass on the coverture of his daughter, it makes no difference how much you may want his daughter as a wife for your son. Neither you, your son, nor anyone else has jurisdiction to make such a decision concerning someone else’s daughter.

It is a disgrace when fathers do not take seriously the responsibility of choosing their daughter’s husbands. Next to the prospective husband’s and wife’s commitment to each other, the most important facet of a wedding is the father’s passing his coverture responsibilities to the man he has determined is worthy and competent to provide the care and protection of his daughter.

A prospective son-in-law should be chosen very carefully and should, at the bare minimum, possess the following qualifications:

  • He must be a passionate Christian.[16]

  • He must be of the same race.

  • He must be able and willing to lead his home both physically and spiritually.

  • He must be willing to lay down his life to protect his wife and children.

  • He must display the fruits of the Spirit.

  • He must be mature.

  • He must be wise.

  • He must be humble.

  • He must possess a servant’s spirit.

  • He must be financially responsible, out of debt, and able to adequately provide for himself, your daughter, and any future children.

 

[16] Not everyone claiming to be a Christian has been properly instructed in the biblical plan of salvation. Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:36-41, 22:1-16; Romans 6:3-4; Galatians 3:26-27 and 1 Peter 3:21 should be studied in order to understand what is required to be covered by the blood of Yeshua and be forgiven of sins. For a more thorough explanation concerning baptism and its relationship to salvation, “Baptism by the Scriptures” may be read at

http://www.missiontoisrael.org/baptismbythescriptures.php.

If this seems like a tall order, remember, we are discussing the future happiness and well-being of our daughters and possible grandchildren.[17]

[17] A pre-marriage counseling questionnaire can be found at

http://www.missiontoisrael.org/premarriagequestions.php.

This concludes our study of Part 4 of Part 5 on The Seventh Commandment. Stay tuned for Part 5.