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Marriage Amendment is Anti-Israel

Date: Mar 01, 2004
Word Count: 850 words
Cross-Reference: Federal Marriage Amendment, anti-Israel

The offspring of Israel are absolutely not "illegitimate." Neither is Jesus Christ.

Horrifying   its   unknowingly   deceived   supporters,   the   proposed   Federal   Marriage   Amendment   is   actually   anti-Israel. 
This   becomes   self-evident   by   reviewing   the   Biblical   account   in   Genesis   of   the   family   of   Israel's   progenitor,   Jacob,   renamed   by   God   as   "Israel." 
Jacob   was   very   much   in   love   with   a   beautiful   young   woman   named   Rachel.     He   was   truly   committed   to   marrying   her.     He   gladly   contracted   to   work   for   her   father,   Laban,   for   seven   years   in   order   to   marry   his   beloved.     To   Jacob,   the   years   passed   as   quickly   as   though   it   had   been   a   few   days.     This   was   a   man   in   love! 
The   seven   years   soon   passed.     Jacob   asked   Laban   for   Rachel.     He   was   eagerly   ready   to   marry   her,   to   "go   in   unto   her."     Laban   instead   called   for   a   feast,   a   wedding   celebration.    
Modern   individuals   frequently   perceive   marriage   as   officially   occurring   at   the   "wedding   celebration."     In   this   story,   all   the   activities   during   the   feast   --the   wedding   celebration--   were   undoubtedly   "all   about   Rachel"   becoming   Jacob's   wife. 
Yet,   were   they   married   at   that   point?      
Laban   had   another   daughter,   Leah.   She   was   older   and   reportedly   less   attractive.     Laban   wanted   her   to   be   married   first,   since   she   was   older   than   Rachel.     So,   he   tricked   Jacob.     That   night,   after   the   feast   was   concluded,   Jacob   unknowingly   "went   in   unto"   Leah   instead,   because   of   Laban's   deception. 
In   the   morning,   to   whom   was   Jacob   actually   married?     Was   it   Rachel,   the   one   for   whom   he   had   the   wedding   feast?   Or,   was   he   married   to   Leah,   the   one   with   whom   he   "went   in   unto?" 
The   Bible   says,   "Behold,   it   was   Leah." 
Jacob   was   not   married   to   Rachel.     Leah   was   his   wife. 
When   Jacob   confronted   Laban   about   the   deception,   his   father-in-law   proposed   another   agreement   with   him.     First,   Jacob   would   have   to   spend   his   "honeymoon"   week   with   his   new   bride,   Leah,   exclusively.     After   that   week,   Laban   would   let   him   marry   Rachel   also,   as   long   as   Jacob   would   agree   to   work   for   yet   another   seven   years. 
Jacob   agreed.     Leah   got   her   "honeymoon"   with   her   husband.     A   week   later,   Jacob     "went   in   unto"   Rachel,   marrying   her   also.     This   blessed   man   of   God   was   now   a   polygamist   with   two   wives. 
In   this   new   polygamous   family,   Leah   first   gave   birth   to   four   sons. 
Through   various   patterns   of   non-conception,   both   of   the   two   wives   would   each   have   their   husband   marry   an   additional   wife. 
Rachel   brought   Bilhah   for   Jacob   to   marry.     This   third   wife   bore   two   sons. 
Leah   brought   Zilpah   for   Jacob   to   marry.     This   fourth   wife   also   bore   two   sons. 
Leah   then   again   bore   two   more   sons   and   a   daughter. 
After   all   that,   Rachel   was   finally   able   to   conceive.     She   bore   the   last   two   sons.   Sadly,   though,   she   died   while   giving   birth   to   her   second   son. 
Prior   to   that   last   birth,   though,   God   re-named   Jacob   to   Israel,   "he   shall   prevail   as   God."   God   blessed   polygamous   Israel. 
Out   of   those   twelve   sons,   born   of   four   wives,   would   come   the   "12   Tribes   of   Israel."     And   yes,   not   only   were   Leah   and   Rachel   referred   to   as   wives   in   the   Bible,   but   Genesis   37:2   also   calls   Bilhah   and   Zilpah   specifically   as   wives   too. 
Yet,   the   proposed   Federal   Marriage   Amendment   would   liberally   re-define   marriage   to   deny   Israel's   marriages   to   all   his   wives   but   Rachel. 
This   goes   far   beyond   the   false   cliche   of   saying,   "But   that   happened   in   the   Old   Testament."     The   New   Testament   reveals   important   revelations   which   Christians   also   believe. 
The   New   Testament   includes   both   Galatians   5:19-21   and   Matthew   8:11.     As   the   first   passage   says   that   "adulterers   and   fornicators...   shall   not   inherit   the   kingdom   of   God,"   the   second   one   shows   Jesus   Christ   saying   that   polygamist   Jacob   will,   in   fact,   be   seen   in   the   kingdom   of   heaven!     Explicitly,   polygamy   is   neither   adultery   nor   fornication   according   to   the   New   Testament. 
More   importantly   (for   Christians,   on   a   spiritual   level),   according   to   Revelation   21:12-13,   the   coming   glorious   "New   Jerusalem"   will   have   12   gates   --three   gates   on   each   of   the   four   sides   of   the   city.     Each   gate   is   named   by   each   individual   name   of   the   "12   Tribes   of   Israel."     If   polygamy   was   sinful,   God   would   never   have   that   happen! 
Yet,   according   to   the   modern   idea   that   marriage   supposedly   occurs   at   the   "wedding   celebration,"   Israel's   relationship   with   Leah   was   supposedly   fornication.     The   "week"   he   spent   with   her   would   have   to   be   adultery.     The   same   would   also   have   to   be   true   for   his   relationships   with   his   other   wives,   Bilhah   and   Zilpah. 
Because   anti-polygamy   and   that   feast-basis   view   say   that   Israel   could   only   have   been   married   to   Rachel,   they   therefore   also   say   that   all   but   Rachel's   offspring   are   supposedly   "illegitimate."     God   forbid. 
But   it   gets   even   more   absurd. 
The   Bible   shows   that   Leah   gave   birth   to   Levi,   from   whom   Moses   descended.     She   also   bore   Judah,   from   whom   the   Jews   descended.     Jesus   Christ,   being   Jewish   Himself,   of   course,   (through   Mary)   also   descended   from   Judah. 
Denying   Israel's   relationship   with   Leah,   as   if   it   was   not   true   marriage,   then   says   that   Moses,   even   all   the   Jews,   and   Jesus   Christ   Himself,   are   supposedly   "illegitimate"   descendants   of   an   adulterously   fornicating   Israel!     God   forbid.      
Yet   the   proposed   amendment   does   exactly   that. 
There   can   be   no   other   conclusion.     Biblically,   the   Federal   Marriage   Amendment   is   anti-Israel. 


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