What About Polygamy Among Great Men of the Bible?
God made Adam and Eve and intended this as the standard. In Genesis 2:24, the Lord says, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”
Ephesians 4:22-23 tells us that one wife joined to one husband is the Biblical model. But sin and human error took place through the years and instead of covering it all up, God shows us the men of the Bible–warts and all.
He also shows the consequences. If a man takes multiple spouses, he and his family will reap TROUBLE.
· The first polygamist was a murderer named Lamech (Genesis 4:19-23).
· Abraham took Hagar and gave birth to Ishmael (Genesis 16). The result? Ishmael produced the Arab culture which has persecuted Isaac’s offspring, the Jews, ever since. Not to mention the havoc Ishmael’s offspring continues to inflict on the rest of civilization.
· Solomon’s HUGE number of wives resulted in his going into paganism and apostasy. He raised a rebellious apostate named Rehoboam and because of Solomon’s sin, the kingdom of Israel was divided.
· The Kings, afterward, continued to multiply wives and Israel was destroyed as they fell into pagan idolatry due largely to the practices of intermarriage and polygamy with pagan women.
Some point to David, as though his practice of polygamy (multiplication of wives) was somehow “alright with God”. But they ignore the fact that David’s first child with Bethsheba died and his son Amnon raped his own half-sister (David’s daughter) Tamar. Absalom murdered Amnon only to chase David into hiding forty years later.
David had plural wives, but God condemned it and David paid a high price. Some otherwise great men, still continued the practice and the results were consistently disastrous.
It is ironic that most of the books and “counseling” on marriage involves things like knowing your spouse, spending quality time, making finances work. Polygamy more than DOUBLES these difficulties! Yet, there is renewed interest in this practice (and not only in Utah). I love my wife, but one is enough!
In Biblical times, some incidents of polygamy were an ill-informed effort to increase offspring and to help families produce children to help work fields and farms. However, this is hardly ever the case in our modern world. The fact is, the typical 21st century polygamist is nothing more than a sex pervert who wishes to have child brides upon which they can fill their ever expanding sexual appetite.