Abraham’s Polygamy: Root of Mideast Conflict
“Now Sara, Abram’s wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. And Sarai said unto Abraham, Behold: now, the Lord hath restrained me form bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid: it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai. And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian… and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife. And he went in unto Hagar. And she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes, And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong by upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom: and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the Lord judge between me and thee. But Abraham said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face. And the angel of he Lord said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael: because the Lord hath heard thy affliction. And he will be a wild man: his hand will be against every man…” – (Gen.16:1-6,11,12).
“Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac. And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking. Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac” – (Gen.21:2,3,9,10).
Polygamy is defined as (marriage in which a spouse, especially husbands, have more than one mate at
one time). Lately we have polygamy in the news daily because of the Mormon
polygamy sect in
I’m told that there are 60 thousand Mormon
unrest, conflict and hatred in the Mideast that is having global effects and
leading to Armageddon, can be traced back to Abraham’s polygamy and the
resulting rivalry of his two wives, Sarah and Hagar and the casting out of
Hagar and Ishmael. Abraham and Sarah were monogamous apart from this low
point in their faith when Hagar became a second wife in order to produce God’s
promised son to Abraham. Surely this instance of Abraham’s polygamy should be a
dire warning to all Jewish descendants and to the true church of Jesus Christ
of latter day saints which is the born again saints of today. Surely we can see
the sin of Abraham in becoming one flesh with Hagar and committing adultery.
Surely we can see today in the tinderbox of the
The ideal marriage was when God married Adam
and Eve in the first marriage in the Garden of Eden – this is the prototype
that we Christians are to follow; we are not to follow the wicked world. “And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to
fall upon Adam and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the
flesh instead thereof: and the rib which the Lord God had taken from man, made
he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This
is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman,
because she was the taken out of man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and
his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” –
(Gen.3:21-24). Two shall become one flesh, not more than two. If polygamy is
right as some religions say, why, then, did not God create Eve,
The Lord Jesus quoted these same verses in
answer to the Pharisee’s question about divorcing a wife for any cause. Jesus
said it was because of their hard hearts that they divorced their wives and he
said – “What therefore God hath joined
together, let not man put asunder” –
(Mt.19:6). It is written – “Nevertheless,
to avoid fornication, let every man
have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband” – (I Cor.7:2).
Polygamy is nothing but fornication; it’s
the lust of the flesh. And our multiple marriage and divorces today like
And don’t say that God approved of God’s
marriage to Hagar. God did not approve of this at all. This was Sarah’s idea,
and Abraham listened to her and it was the worse decision he ever made. God
named the child ‘Ishmael,’ the wild man of the
The first polygamist in the Bible was Lamech, the great-great-great grandson of the murderer Cain – (Gen.4:23,24). Lamech was from the wicked line of Cain and he was also a murderer and he introduced a ‘new morality’ under cover of which men could accumulate several wives and so have sex with several women. And so polygamy was introduced on planet earth by this wicked man and Satan is using it to attack and destroy the Christian family.
Polygamy is nowhere in the N.T. Any leader in the church was forbidden to be a polygamist – “… the husband of one wife…” – (I Tim.3:2). He was to be an example to his flock. And the Lord Jesus is the husband of His bride the church – Jesus will not have multiple brides – amen – (Eph.5:22,23 – Rev.19:7-9). No true Christian is a polygamist, because Christ is within him, he is one flesh with Christ, the great mystery – “…which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” – (Col.1:27). Again – “The marriage of the lamb is come, and his wife (singular) hath made herself ready” – (Rev.19:7).
Take heed to this watchman’s warning and
learn from King Solomon, who with all his wisdom, was deceived into this very
sin of polygamy. Because he was so rich and powerful, he could have his pick of
the most beautiful women, not only in
In light of the increase of changing beliefs
towards polygamy in
In (Gal.4) it tells us that Ishmael, born of the bondmaid, stands for all that are only born of the flesh, born in bondage of sin and that we who are born of the free woman Sarah, are the born again children of God, born of the promise by faith. We have believed the promise of the miracle birth promised by Jesus – “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again” – (Isaac )- (Jn.3:6,7).
“Now we brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the Son of the bond woman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free” – (Gal.4:28:31). Unbelievers who are not born again, both Jews and Gentiles, are the cast off Ishmaels, they are born only of the flesh as Ishmael was – “Ye must be born again” through Jesus Christ to be children of God. If you’re born again of the Spirit, then are you the children of Abraham’s seed Isaac who shall inherit the blessing, then are you the children of God. Just because you’re a Jew doesn’t make you a child of God.; neither does being a Gentile Arab make you cast off from God. We all become born again children of God through faith in Jesus Christ – “Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed” – (Rom.9:7,8). You need a miracle birth.
Repent of your sins by faith believe on the Lord Jesus for forgiveness of sins and you will become a new born again creature in Christ. Be born again – be an Isaac with a miracle birth, become the bride of Christ.
Pastor Mike Storti
5000 N. LaCholla-
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