Q: What is God’s model of marriage, polygamy or monogamy?
Simple answer is monogamy. But I am guessing you don’t want the simple answer.😁
From what I can see in the scriptures, every marriage God was involved in setting up was always one man and one woman. Adam and Eve, Isaac and Rebecca, Hosea and Gomer.
In the case of Adam, God had the opportunity to make more than one woman for Adam but He made only one. So going by the law of first mention, monogamy is His preferred setting.
However, other verses of scripture do testify.
Rom 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed [it] unto them.
Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.
This means that the physical things that God created represent something spiritual that God intended for us to see. God seems to be big on imagery.
So when God created marriage, there was something He had in mind, viz,
Eph 5:22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
Eph 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
Eph 5:24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so [let] the wives [be] to their own husbands in every thing.
Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
Eph 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
Eph 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
Eph 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
Eph 5:32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
The union of a man and his wife is an earthly image of that between Christ and the church.
If we realize that we are but a first fruit or sample of what is to come, I think we might think again that we are not just a band of liberated people free at last to do whatever we wish without consequence beyond this life but that we are also an army of liberators marching on God’s command and not our own. The difference between us and the regular armies we know starts from the fact that our general died for us out of love and so we live for Him.
Jam 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
2Co 5:14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
2Co 5:15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
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