Random, I know.
Nevertheless, over at MPT blog the topic of the bible and polygamy came up in the comment section and it prompted me to read more about why God permitted polygamy.
I found some articles about the topic to mull over, and I’ve listed them below (along with some excerpts) in case you wanted to mull over them as well. Enjoy.
From John Piper:
Jesus, I think, clarified for us that marriage is one man and one woman, as it was in the beginning in Genesis 2:24. So that the divorce features of Deuteronomy were “given for the hardness of your heart, but it was not always so. And so now I don’t want you to do what they were doing.”
I think polygamy fits into that same paradigm. God tolerated polygamy among the patriarchs. He never in the Old Testament communicated, “Stop doing that,” except by implication from Genesis 2.
But when Jesus comes along and they present him with some of these marital adjustments from Deuteronomy, Jesus says, “Well I understand that Moses gave you that provision, but I’m taking it away!”
So Jesus’ standards are higher. So there’s progression by regression. “Let’s go back to Genesis 2, see the way God set it up, realize that he tolerated this cultural adaptation, and now don’t that anymore.”
From Got Questions:
So, it seems that God may have allowed polygamy to protect and provide for the women who could not find a husband otherwise. A man would take multiple wives and serve as the provider and protector of all of them. While definitely not ideal, living in a polygamist household was far better than the alternatives: prostitution, slavery, or starvation. In addition to the protection/provision factor, polygamy enabled a much faster expansion of humanity, fulfilling God’s command to “be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth” (Genesis 9:7).
Source: Why Did God Allow Polygamy?
From John MacArthur:
Believe me, God wanted monogamy. Look at his illustration in Hosea: he’s a faithful husband; Israel’s an unfaithful wife. That’s been God’s pattern all the way. One husband, one wife. No polygamy was ever good.
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