Numbers 5-6, 1 Thessalonians 4
17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.
Such great hope!
Oops, typo. Stains from the world*
I was confused about the Old Testament verses today as well but then I thought that maybe this is a type of foreshadowing of the relationship between Christ and his bride (the church) in the New Testament. God is a jealous God and wants his bride (those of us who are believers) to not defile ourselves with worldly things like unbelievers do. In this context it makes sense why God is singling out the married woman and the suspicions of her husband and not the other man the woman may have cheated with. God is concerned about the marriage union of believers because it is a holy union just like the union of Christ and his bride. Our stains from the word don’t mix with the cleansing blood of Christ. It’s still confusing though about how God had those types of judgements for those under the law before Jesus came to fulfill the law offering us total forgiveness. I also agree that this provided a woman to prove her innocence if she was not unfaithful as well as providing the suspecting husband a proper way to handle his jealousy and doubt.
I think it’s important to read this in light of Leviticus 20:10. That verse condemns both the man and the woman guilty of adultery. They receive the same punishment (death). So we know from that verse that it’s not just the woman who is held responsible. With that in mind, I think this law is actually a protection for women against jealous husbands. Without this law, what would happen to a wife whose husband suspected her of adultery? But this way, God is providing a way for the woman to be proven innocent (and safe from her husband’s wrath!).
I am struggling with this first reading from numbers – God excluded people that were suffering from a discharge? Why? And then he seems to place all blame for infidelity the female? I do not agree with being unfaithful but what about the other party? And what if she was raped? Am I overthinking this? God bless Sisters xxx
I don’t think you’re overthinking it; I feel the same.
The OT shows that God is against rape (Deut 22) – the man is to be put to death and the woman is considered innocent. So reading this law in conjunction with that one helps, if a man accused his wife and the woman says she has been raped then I’m sure it would go through a different process. In this passage if the woman hasn’t been unfaithful then the curse won’t harm her … Although I agree the man should be tried too, the people of this age were very misogynistic, there’s no getting around that…
I think it is hard for us to read Numbers bc this doesn’t feel like the God we know. He almost seems evil. But in this time period the diseased as it talks about in chapter five were killed for being sick. Then the women who committed adultery were stoned to death. When God is telling Moses that they will be sent out of town he is really showing them grace and that they should not be killed. In a way he is showing his Love for the sick and for the wrong. This is just the beginning of what we see God to to heal his people.
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