Again don’t forget that it is in this Christian transition that many things which used to be practiced in the days of old until the advent of Christ, have been done away with. In order not to mince words I would like to make it point blank that rules and regulations that used to recognize polygamy have been nailed to the cross.
Remember what I initially explained regarding Christ’s authoritative statements concerning this issue in hand. He said, “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: BUT I SAY UNTO YOU, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” This Christ’s statement shows that He amended the perception of adultery. It is in like manner that He amended the way polygamy was recognized in the olden days by making it synonymous with adultery. As has been already explained, Christ made it clear that whoever marries additional wife to the unlawfully divorced wife commits adultery. In fact this form of adultery is very intricate and must be watched carefully as per Christ authoritative words in Matthew chapter 19.
“And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.” MATT. 19:9
Please just carefully study the very first four words, which read ‘AND I SAY UNTO’. Don’t you notice that it contains some form of amendment authority from Christ?
It is just like the transformations that happened before even God handed over His Laws to the Israelites through Moses. Consider how even the Patriarchs lived and compare it to the time after the given of the laws.
For instance before the laws were promulgated they married anyhow. That is to say apart from Polygamous practices, they even sometimes married from their own direct blood siblings. But after the laws it was forbidden to marry ones blood sibling. Again it was not forbidden to marry two or more people from the same house or family, yet the law forbade such practices.
“Neither shalt thou take a wife to her sister, to vex her, to uncover her nakedness, beside the other in her life time.” LEV. 18:18
Now having read the above law which forbids marrying two blood sisters at a time, check Patriarch Jacob’s marriages in the following passage and see what I am trying to put across.
(1) “And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan. (2) Arise, go to Padanaram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother's father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban thy mother's brother.” GEN. 28:1,2
Due to the instruction from his father Isaac that Jacob should marry from his uncle’s house, he went in search of a wife from Laban: But while there, he was first of all given Leah to wife instead of Rachael until he later got the one whom he initially intended to marry.
(20) “And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her. (21) And Jacob said unto Laban, Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in unto her. (2) And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast. (23) And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in unto her. (24) And Laban gave unto his daughter Leah Zilpah his maid for an handmaid. (25) And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me? (26) And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn. (27) Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years. (28) And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.” GEN. 29:20-28
Have you now understood that there were some awful practices which used to be recognized before the giving of the law, but were later forbidden by the Laws of God given through Moses? This is why I am telling you that even though many things were recognized in the Old Testament, it is no more working in this new era of pure Christianity just because of changes. So this is TRANSITION for you.
In the same way it is loud and clear in Paul’s letter to the Colosians that some practices recognized by law have now been considered to be against us and taken out of the way after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
“Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;” COL. 2:14
In this wise we need no further grappling with any contentions since we are now aware of the fact that certain things have been found wanting and nailed to the cross to pave way for peace and harmony in our Christian lives. So this is how the Original established marriage of Monogamy was restored to take away Polygamy which later evolved.