Spiritual Adultery – Let this Cup Pass from Me.

~The greatest love story (very rarely) ever told.~

By: Don Barber via FGT

Please hang with me here, I’m going to explain something that wowed me big-time when I saw it.  First, let’s establish a foundation.

 

God’s covenant was for everyone, just as we find here.

Genesis 17:1–9

1 Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; Walk before Me, and be blameless. 2 “I will establish My covenant between Me and you, And I will multiply you exceedingly.” 3 Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying, 4 “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, And you will be the father of a multitude of NATIONS. 5 “No longer shall your name be called Abram, But your name shall be Abraham; For I will make you the father of a multitude of NATIONS. 6 “I have made you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make NATIONS of you, and kings will come forth from you. 7 “I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you. 8 “I will give to you and to your descendants after you, the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” 9 God said further to Abraham, “Now as for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations.

Check out who these NATIONS are…as we use Strong’s lexicon looking at #1471.

NATIONS 1471 גֹּוי, גֹּויִם [gowy, rarely, goy /go•ee/] n pr m. Apparently from the same root as 1465; TWOT 326e; GK 1580 and 1582; 558 occurrences; AV translates as “nation” 374 times, “heathen” 143 times, “Gentiles” 30 times, and “people” 11 times.  1 nation, people.  1A nation, people.  1A1 usually of non-Hebrew people.  1A2 of descendants of Abraham.  1A3 of Israel.  1B of swarm of locusts, other animals (fig.).  1C Goyim?  = “nations”.  (Strong, J. (2001).  Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon

Did you catch that last verse, verse 9 where it says…“Now as for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations.  That’s a lot of people and spans ALL of time.  Yup, even today.  And in scripture we find those that are in covenant with, those that follow the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob are named by God Himself.  He calls them “my people”.  How about that?  If you are in covenant you’re God’s people.  Sadly, He also gave a name to the ones that reject His ways; He calls them “not my people”.

There are many verses to show what I’m talking about, but here’s a few to get you thinking.

Leviticus 26:11-12 I will make my dwelling among you, and my soul shall not abhor you.  And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people.

2 Corinthians 6:16 What agreement has the temple of God with idols?  For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Revelation 21:3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man.  He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.

Along with that background, let me jog your memory about some of His people.

Basically God sets down the parameters of the covenant, the people (the ones who left Egypt…as well as the sojourners that joined along the way) agreed and from then on He refers to them as “My people”.

A problem arose right away… the people (although having good intentions) gave up HIS way, and worshipped God THEIR way.  That’s spiritual adultery, something God hates.  Long story short, as a penalty…God kept them from going into the promise land (Save the two spies and the youngsters.).

The people “crossed over” (that’s what the word “Hebrew” means) and entered the promise land.

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Flash forward ——-> the youngsters are in the promise land, have enjoyed winning a few battles (where God proved Himself strong) and things went well for around 40 years.  God reminds them of their marriage contract (“I was like a husband to them”) and soon after His bride started making requests (They wanted a king).  As long as the request didn’t break the marriage vow (covenant), God gave them their desire.

The marriage starts to have problems…for the bride (Israel) went whoring after other gods.  They cheated on their spouse, and as we know, the sin of adultery is grounds for divorce.  After years of putting up with their cheating ways, with no sign of remorse or a repentant heart, God divorced His People.  He kicked them out of the promise land and dispersed them into captivity (Deuteronomy 24:4, Jeremiah 3:6-15), in essence they became slaves all over again (slaves to their sin).  These people are known as The Lost Tribes or Lost Sheep of Israel.  They are in Diaspora, scattered to the four corners of the world (to the North, South, East, and West).

These people, they knew the law; Torah [Instructions in righteousness]…they knew they had a big problem.  You see, REMARRIAGE is prohibited, this prevented God from taking them back no matter what.  The people were desperate, they wanted salvation so bad they would do anything…including creating a way that seemed right unto them.  And that’s just what they did.  They remembered His ways, but they’d been away so long they’d grown accustomed to other kinds of worship…and finding it too hard to give up they blended the two.  This mixture is not His Ways…it is the wrong way, it IS another gospel.

(BTW – I’m thinking Judaism was created by the dispersed people, those called NOT MY PEOPLE.  For it has elements of the truth but retains elements of dogma.  How interestingly familiar that is.)

Now, I’m going to fill you in on the “mystery” of the Gospel.  The gospel – that just means good news.  Remember I said the dispersed people could not be remarried?  This left them no hope for rekindling a relationship with the one true God.  They needed good news, but to them there wasn’t any.  There just wasn’t a lawful way to return to the one true God.

But what if there was a way?  One fantastic God-ordained way where they could return to a rightful standing and be married again.  A loop-hole if you will.  THAT would be good news.  Indeed, that would be great news!  But how would this happen, how could God legally remarry these people and not become a lawbreaker Himself?  Oh, this is a big mystery…one not even the Angels could figure out.

Are you ready?  You’re about to hear the most incredible love story rarely told.

Here’s the loop-hole, it’s found in the following passage.  And it starts out with a firm reminder…that is, YOU HAVE TO KNOW THE LAW (Torah) in order to understand what you’re about to read.  Although I summarized a bit, that’s why I laid the foundation needed to understand this passage.  You needed to know the people involved and the history, that provides the context of the scripture.

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Here we go…

1 Or do you not know, brethren (for I speak to those who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives?

Not too hard to understand yet.  I’ve never seen a cop give a ticket to a dead guy.

2 For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives.  But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband.

If your spouse dies…THAT law, the one that bound you together, you are released from.  It just doesn’t apply.  How can it?  It is legally void due to death.  In other words, God’s People, they are bound to Him by law…“till death do us part”.  Just like all widows, they now have the ability to marry again.

3 So then if, while her husband lives, she marries another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man.

This is saying, if you’re not a widow and you marry another – God calls you an adulteress.  And if you are in this position and your first husband dies – God no longer considers you an adulteress.  That’s fascinating, and ever important to you and me…as it applies to our relationship to Him.

I wish I could take the time to plug in the “woman at the well”, the “Seven Churches”, the Prodigals Son, and more…but this is already a bit long.  Perhaps you’re already connecting the dots.

4 Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another; to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.

 

Again, you’re dead —–> to the particular law

(Bonus: He also broke the curse of original sin…you know, the one found in Romans 8:2.)

Oh, I almost forgot something that is most fascinating and indeed glorious.  Remember I said “you have to know the law in order to understand what you’re about to read” and I mentioned the “law of jealousy”?  Oh my, wait till you see what that’s all about.

Ok, “His People”… became “not His people” due to spiritual adultery.  That’s the legal charge and with that…there’s also a penalty.  This whole adultery business, it’s all about the law of jealousy.  We know the charge, now let’s go to the law and find the detailed ramifications.  It’s found in Numbers 5, starting in verse 11.

The Adultery Test

11 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 12 “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘If any man’s wife goes astray and is unfaithful to him, 13 and a man has intercourse with her and it is hidden from the eyes of her husband and she is undetected, although she has defiled herself, and there is no witness against her and she has not been caught in the act, 14 if a spirit of jealousy comes over him and he is jealous of his wife when she has defiled herself, or if a spirit of jealousy comes over him and he is jealous of his wife when she has not defiled herself, 15 the man shall then bring his wife to the priest, and shall bring as an offering for her one-tenth of an ephah of barley meal; he shall not pour oil on it nor put frankincense on it, for it is a grain offering of jealousy, a grain offering of memorial, a reminder of iniquity. 16 ‘Then the priest shall bring her near and have her stand before the LORD, 17 and the priest shall take holy water in an earthenware vessel; and he shall take some of the dust that is on the floor of the tabernacle and put it into the water. 18 ‘The priest shall then have the woman stand before the LORD and let the hair of the woman’s head go loose, and place the grain offering of memorial in her hands, which is the grain offering of jealousy, and in the hand of the priest is to be the water of bitterness that brings a curse. 19 ‘The priest shall have her take an oath and shall say to the woman, “If no man has lain with you and if you have not gone astray into uncleanness, being under the authority of your husband, be immune to this water of bitterness that brings a curse; 20 if you, however, have gone astray, being under the authority of your husband, and if you have defiled yourself and a man other than your husband has had intercourse with you” 21 (then the priest shall have the woman swear with the oath of the curse, and the priest shall say to the woman), “the LORD make you a curse and an oath among your people by the LORD’S making your thigh waste away and your abdomen swell; 22 and this water that brings a curse shall go into your stomach, and make your abdomen swell and your thigh waste away.” And the woman shall say, “Amen. Amen.” 23 ‘The priest shall then write these curses on a scroll, and he shall wash them off into the water of bitterness. 24 ‘Then he shall make the woman drink the water of bitterness that brings a curse, so that the water which brings a curse will go into her and cause bitterness. 25 ‘The priest shall take the grain offering of jealousy from the woman’s hand, and he shall wave the grain offering before the LORD and bring it to the altar; 26 and the priest shall take a handful of the grain offering as its memorial offering and offer it up in smoke on the altar, and afterward he shall make the woman drink the water. 27 ‘When he has made her drink the water, then it shall come about, if she has defiled herself and has been unfaithful to her husband, that the water which brings a curse will go into her and cause bitterness, and her abdomen will swell and her thigh will waste away, and the woman will become a curse among her people. 28 ‘But if the woman has not defiled herself and is clean, she will then be free and conceive children. 29 ‘This is the law of jealousy: when a wife, being under the authority of her husband, goes astray and defiles herself, 30 or when a spirit of jealousy comes over a man and he is jealous of his wife, he shall then make the woman stand before the LORD, and the priest shall apply all this law to her. 31 ‘Moreover, the man will be free from guilt, but that woman shall bear her guilt.’ ” (Numbers 5:11–31)

 

This really is a fascinating portion of scripture to me; let’s take notice of a few things….

* Verse 14, “if a spirit of jealousy comes over him and he is jealous of his wife when she has defiled herself, or if a spirit of jealousy comes over him and he is jealous of his wife when she has not defiled herself,

Oh…! As we read the rest of the passage let’s put it in light of our relationship with Him.  As mentioned in Isaiah 54:5 – For your Maker is your husband — (Yahweh) the LORD Almighty is his name — the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth.

And we should take note of the following verses, for God is telling us something…and it ties right into this passage.  We read, “for the LORD your God in the midst of you is a jealous God” (Deuteronomy 6:15)…“for you shall not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God” (Exodus 4:14).

* As we read verse 12 (…where the spouse trespassed against her husband), let’s consider the definition of sin.  That is, the transgression; the trespassing of the law as found in 1 John 3:4.

12 “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘If any man’s wife goes astray and is unfaithful to him, (trespassed against him/Breaks the marriage vow/covenant/law).

Ouch!

Think back, what were we told the law provides?  A blessing and a curse, right?  Yes!  You receive a blessing for obedience and curse for disobedience.  We’re going to skip down to verse 27 where we see the curse applied to the adulterer.  But first let’s look at a couple more significant verses that happen along the way.

In verse 17 we see the priest takes holy water in an earthen vessel, presumably drawn from the laver of cleansing, and holy dust, from the ground of the tabernacle, which is then placed in the water.  Earthen  vessel?  That’s us.  We are formed of dust and water (2 Cor. 4:7)…and we find that many times in scripture.

Then in verse 18 we see the woman’s hair let loose, uncovered (exposed, naked) before God.  Could this be symbolic of being removed from the representation and protection of her husband as detailed in 1 Corinthians 11?  Hmmmm.

Back to the passage.

27 ‘When he has made her drink the water, then it shall come about, if she has defiled herself and has been unfaithful to her husband, that the water which brings a curse will go into her and cause bitterness, and her abdomen will swell and her thigh will waste away, and the woman will become a curse among her people.

Whoa!

Let’s back up a few verses and read that again.

24 ‘Then he shall make the woman drink the water of bitterness that brings a curse, so that the water which brings a curse will go into her and cause bitterness. 25 ‘The priest shall take the grain offering of jealousy from the woman’s hand, and he shall wave the grain offering before the LORD and bring it to the altar; 26 and the priest shall take a handful of the grain offering as its memorial offering and offer it up in smoke on the altar, and afterward he shall make the woman drink the water. 27 ‘When he has made her drink the water, then it shall come about, if she has defiled herself and has been unfaithful to her husband, that the water which brings a curse will go into her and cause bitterness, and her abdomen will swell and her thigh will waste away, and the woman will become a curse among her people.

 

(I’d like to elaborate and tie in Deuteronomy 29:14–29 and Exodus 32:30-35 to connect this to spiritual adultery…but this is already a bit long.  Please do take a look and notice the words “blotted out”.  Oh my, there’s lots of scripture to share on this…maybe another time.)

Remember, we are thinking of our relationship with God – Our Savior the Messiah – while reading this.

Now we’ll look at Colossians 2:14 and see the immense love our creator has for us.  It is there we see our former spouse (God made flesh) has “canceled (blotted) out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us (If we broke one, we broke them all), which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross”.  (What was cancelled?  The certificate of debt.  NOT the decrees we broke.)

Just in case you didn’t catch it… WE…are the adulterous bride, and our bridegroom took the cup of jealousy on our behalf.

His love is beyond measure, for sure.  The reality of what He did for us is unimaginable.

Our spouse (God/Yeshua our Messiah)… Divorced us due to infidelity (whoring after other Gods)… Took the punishment thereof (THE CUP of jealousy)… Died as a result of (nailing the laws of marriage/remarriage to the tree.)… Rose again (now eligible for remarriage)…

A little unsure about that one?

Let’s recall Yeshua’s words spoken just before His death.

John 18:11  “Yeshua said to Kefa (Peter), “Put your sword back in its scabbard!  This is THE CUP the Father has given me; am I not to drink it?”

Matthew 20:22-23   But Yeshua answered, “You people don’t know what you are asking.  Can you drink THE CUP that I am about to drink?”  They said to him, “We can.”  He said to them, “Yes, you will drink my cup…”  (Notice, He changed the wording there to “my cup”…as in, you’re going to do it alright, not this one…another one “in remembrance of me”.)

Matthew 26:39       Going on a little farther, he fell on his face, praying, “My Father, if possible, let THIS CUP pass from me!  Yet—not what I want, but what you want!”  (There was no other way…the law had to be satisfied.)

Matthew 26:42       A second time he went off and prayed.  “My Father, if THIS CUP cannot pass away unless I drink it, let what you want be done.”

John 19:28             After this, Yeshua, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, said, “I am thirsty.”

29       A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth.

30       Therefore when Yeshua had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!”  And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

(Need a little more?  We can follow up on this topic a bit by the study of Jeremiah 9:15; 23:14-15.  Take care to study Psalm 69 with special noting of verse 21, 22-28.  Then cross reference Ps. 69:28 to Ex 32:32, 33; Rev 3:5.)

 

Isn’t THAT fantastic?

HalleluYah, what a Savior!

HE… is our Kinsman Redeemer – the only one that can restore us Gentiles to a rightful standing before our creator.  Oh how that is good news!  The secret is out…the mystery that was hidden for years has been revealed.

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Romans 16:25–27

25       Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the MYSTERY which has been kept secret for long ages past,

26       but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the NATIONS, leading to obedience of faith;

27       to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever.  Amen.

 

Let’s look at Ephesians 3:6 with the word “mystery” in it. It reads,

“This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body…”

Remember the NATIONS that came from Abraham? Those people – the ones that became His People/Bride.

“…, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.”

Those people – due to the death and resurrection of the Son of God, the divorced-exiled-Not His People-Gentiles can be His People (again).  They now have the promise (a betrothal), and can partake in the coming marriage we read of in Revelation.  Let’s go there.

Revelation 19:6-9

6 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. 7 Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; 8 it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. 9 And the angel said[a] to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.”  And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”

“What a day of rejoicing that will be!”  That’s for sure!

I realize I may have introduced you to a part of scripture that is foreign to you.  So before I let you go, let me give you a few more things to think about.

I’ve told you about The Lost Tribes of Israel, and their lawless ways.  Yet God loved them so much He sent His only Son for them, and Yeshua tells us Himself, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”  (Mt 15:24).  Isn’t that interesting?  Just as interesting is that Paul’s ministry was to reach these people as well!

So I ask you, if you’re not Jewish, is it possible you’re in the genealogy of the lost sheep/tribes?  Do you need to be grafted in (cross over) to Israel?  Or are you grafted in, but don’t know what that’s about yet? If you have a hunger for His word…the truth is, more than likely you’re one or the other.

Spiritual Adultery is the mixing of pagan ways with His ways.  It is the very reason He bled and died.

All these years later and it’s still going on…only His people are desensitized to it.  They believe what they do is just meaningless tradition.  But we must remember it’s not about how we feel or think, it’s about what HE SAID of these things.  We’ve been estranged from His ways for so long, most look upon them as inapplicable, and when they hear of someone following Him – practicing His set apart days and His feasts – they condemn the practice to be cult-like or something evil.  But how can something God created and told His People to do be evil?  How can doing His things His way be wrong?  Again, if the law provides blessings and curses…wouldn’t doing these things be a blessing?  If so, what would not doing these things be?

I know many believe the Old Testament (OT) doesn’t apply to them anymore, but after reading this…you may want to ask the Holy Spirit for revelation and clarity as you study these things…and reconsider your thinking.  If you’re a believer, the whole word – Genesis to Revelation applies to you…don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.  After all, the OT tells us there IS a legal requirement for the Kinsman Redeemer (Savior) as well as the one to be saved.  It would behoove you to find out if you meet that requirement.

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And by all means, find out if you’re in a church that is practicing spiritual adultery.  Do a thorough study on the Seven Churches in Revelation…but make sure you include the remedy, it’s found in chapter 18…

4       I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, My People, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues;

5       for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.

(Rev. 18:4–5)

The bottom line is, if you are in a church or fellowship that is practicing spiritual adultery…

Unless you KNOW that God has you in a place to potentially draw others to the truth, you’ve gotta GET OUT!  And usually speaking, it’s VERY hard to draw others deeper unless you have a deep foundation.  Unfortunately leaving is way too hard for some. Will it be too hard for you? I sure hope not.  The scripture is very clear on this one…God WILL NOT put up with adulterous ways of His People, but he is patient and merciful in our misunderstandings.  Nonetheless, check it out…

Deut. 6:14-15

14     You are not to follow other gods, chosen from the gods of the peoples around you;  (That’s a rather descriptive command.  Could you be surrounded by Spiritual Adulterers?)

15     because Adonai, your God, who is here with you, is a jealous God.  If you do, the anger of Adonai your God will flare up against you and he will destroy you from the face of the earth.

This is something to definitely pray about, something to study on, and something you can’t neglect in any way shape or form. Please, oh please “do all you can to present yourself to God as someone worthy of his approval, as a worker with no need to be ashamed, because he deals straightforwardly with the Word of the Truth.”  (2 Timothy 2:15).

Blessings on your studies!

~Don

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One thought on “Spiritual Adultery – Let this Cup Pass from Me.

  1. This is one of the most important teachings That must be preached In the Churches. I Still don’t know How after my whole 30 years of life I came to know this mystery until now!(though it wasn’t a mystery at all if you read the whole book). Is Very difficult to impossible to understand the gospel without knowing this teaching’s topic previously, I certainly believe I’ve only heard just vain and human thinking and philosophy dressed as “the Very truth”. After you know this, you regret all That waist of Time sitting In a chair with many others just conforming to what one only person teaches without proving and testing everything. Here is where I realize That the theology That is developed at universities is totally empty and worthless, and all That Rav Shaul said he had as trash after coming to know the real good news of hope the world needs. Thanks a lot for letting you be used by the Almighty. Shalom.

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