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Yahweh’s heart in marriage: a love story

In this video sub-series on Yahweh’s Heart in Marriage, we want to tell you the greatest love story ever written. A story of a man who found a maiden, and loved her greatly. And that maiden runs away from him, but he does not stop loving her. Instead, he seeks her out, calling for her return. And eventually, the maiden returns to him. written by Yahweh Elohim for His people. It is a story written by Yahweh about His people. And a story about marriage and divorce. Please join us for Yahweh’s Heart in Marriage.

Yahweh divorces His people Israel

In Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) chapter 3, we see that Yahweh’s people (Israel and Judah) both committed spiritual adultery (idolatry) against Him, and went off serving other elohim. We see that Yahweh compares this action to a wife who has committed adultry against her husband. And that, because of her adultry against Him, Yahweh says that He has issued a certificate of divorce from His people.

Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 3:1
1 “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 that land be greatly polluted? But you have played the harlot with many lovers; Yet return to Me,” says Yahweh. 

Yimeyahu (Jeremiah) 3:8
8 Then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but went and played the harlot also. 

Yahweh calls for Israel’s return to Him

Yet, even after His people had played the harlot with many lovers (committed idolatry with many elohim), we also read that, in His great mercy, Yahweh calls His people to forsake their sinful ways and to return again to Him. Now, as we continue going through Jeremiah chapter 3, let us pay special attention to the message Yahweh gives us concerning marriage and divorce.

Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 3:12
Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say: ‘Return, backsliding Israel,’ says Yahweh; ‘I will not cause My anger to fall on you. For I am merciful,’ says Yahweh; ‘I will not remain angry forever.

Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 3:13-14
13 Only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed against Yahweh your Elohim, and have scattered your charms to alien deities under every green tree, and you have not obeyed My voice,’ says Yahweh. 
14  “Return, O backsliding children,” says Yahweh; “for I am married to you. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion. 

Yahweh’s marriage covenant with Israel

In Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) chapter 3:8, we saw that Yahweh gave a certificate of divorce to His bride, Israel. In other words, His people Israel sinned and committed adultry against Him. We broke the marital covenant, and were unfaithful to Yahweh. And like a husband would do when his wife is unfaithful, Yahweh divorced His people.

But yet, we see that Yahweh continues to call His people to return to Him, and awaits their return. And while Yahweh is awaiting His people’s return, He states that He is still married to them.

That may seem like a strange statement to many. How can Yahweh divorce His people and remain married to His people at the same time, while calling for their return?

Marriage covenant, divorce, and reunification

As we go through this study, we will begin to see something very important about Yahweh’s heart in marriage, and the purpose for divorce. We will see that, contrary to what many have been taught about divorce today, divorce does NOT terminate a marriage convenant. We will see that divorce (similar to the Matthew 18 process) is a type of separation. And this separation is meant for one purpose, to cause a rebellious wife to repent and to return to the husband.

We will talk about all these things and more in this video series on Yahweh’s Heart in Marriage. And for the full study on marriage and divorce, please go to the Nazarene Israel website, Studies tab, scroll down to the Covenant Relationships study, and then see the study, “Yahweh’s Heart in Marriage.”

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