If you are like me, you have heard ten thousand times that Jesus/Yeshua died for our sin, the sin of the world, etc…
But did you know, Scripture teaches that He had to die for another reason?
Me neither. It never dawned on me, but it is clearly there.
He HAD to die because His covenant bride had played the harlot and His Divine righteousness demanded that He divorce her. His own law demanded that He could not remarry her except “she be released from the law concerning the husband.”
Follow me here as we look at what Scripture has to say!
Deuteronomy 24:1-4 says,
“When a man takes a wife and marries her, and it happens that she finds no favor in his eyes because he has found some indecency in her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her out from his house, 2 and she leaves his house and goes and becomes another man’s wife, 3 and if the latter husband turns against her and writes her a certificate of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her out of his house, or if the latter husband dies who took her to be his wife, 4 then her former husband who sent her away is not allowed to take her again to be his wife, since she has been defiled; for that is an abomination before the Lord, and you shall not bring sin on the land which the Lord your God gives you as an inheritance.
Yahweh’s covenant with Israel at Mt. Sinai was a marriage covenant. The five books of Torah are a ketuba contract. We were betrothed. (There is a really good verse, in the Torah I believe, that proves this, but I can’t find it right now.) Later, in several places, we are told that Yahweh divorced His people for harlotry.
Jeremiah 3:1, 8 says,
God says, “If a husband divorces his wife
And she goes from him
And belongs to another man,
Will he still return to her?
Will not that land be completely polluted?
But you are a harlot with many lovers;
Yet you turn to Me,” declares the Lord…. And I saw that for all the adulteries of faithless Israel, I had sent her away and given her a writ of divorce, yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear; but she went and was a harlot also.
And Isaiah 50:1 says,
Thus says the Lord,
“Where is the certificate of divorce
By which I have sent your mother away?
Or to whom of My creditors did I sell you?
Behold, you were sold for your iniquities,
And for your transgressions your mother was sent away.
Israel was betrothed and Yahweh had divorced her because she ran after other lovers. She played the harlot. Much of the book of Hosea is about Yahweh longing for Israel after He had divorced her. He says,
…“Therefore, behold, I will allure her,
Bring her into the wilderness
And speak kindly to her.
15 “Then I will give her her vineyards from there,
And the valley of Achor as a door of hope.
And she will sing there as in the days of her youth,
As in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.
16 “It will come about in that day,” declares the Lord,
“That you will call Me Ishi (husband)
And will no longer call Me Baali (Master).
17 “For I will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth, So that they will be mentioned by their names no more…. “I will betroth you to Me forever;
Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice,
In lovingkindness and in compassion,
20 And I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness.
Then you will know the Lord…. “I will sow her for Myself in the land. I will also have compassion on her who had not obtained compassion, And I will say to those who were not My people, ‘You are My people!’
And they will say, ‘You are my God!’”
Yahweh’s own Law says He could not remarry a bride that had gone a whoring, to whom He had given a writ of divorce. The only way for her to be released from that law was for the husband to die.
For the married woman is bound by law to her husband while he is living; but if her husband dies, she is released from the law concerning the husband. 3 So then, if while her husband is living she is joined to another man, she shall be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is not an adulteress though she is joined to another man.
4 Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. Romans 7
Therefore, as this passage alludes, Yeshua fulfilled a multifaceted role. He was the atoning sacrifice, but also, the husband who died that we might be released from the Law of the writ of divorce to become the Bride of Messiah, the risen King and be restored to the Covenant at Sinai… a reNewed Covenant. (Compare Jeremiah 31:31-34 and Hebrews 8:8-12)
What wonders the plan of our Father!!
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! 34 For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor? 35 Or who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to him again? 36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:33-36