In Genesis 30:17-18, Leah ascribes the blessing of a fifth son to God “because I gave my maid to my husband.” And she names her son, forever a tribe of Israel, Issachar, meaning ‘there is recompense.’ ‘Wages,’ from ‘sakar’ שְׂכָרִ֔ is the root of ‘Issachar’s’ name, יִשָּׂשכָֽר.
God doesn’t correct her, but gives her a sixth son!
Did God bless her because ‘I gave my maid to my husband?’ If so, then He approved of her action. There is precisely zero evidence anywhere in Scripture that Leah did wrong or that God in anyway disproved of her action. In fact, if it is God who opens and closes wombs, then we can safely understand that God closed Rachel’s womb precisely to create the situation wherein the nation of Israel has four mothers, Jcob’s four wives.
The point: It is time for Hebrew roots teachers and Torahkeepers to honestly evaluate the Scriptures and cease to denigrate God, the Patriarchs, and righteous men and women who choose a Biblically legitimate and righteous family structure other than monogamy.
I’ll close with a difficult statement.
I will state that there is no case, NO CASE, against polygyny anywhere in Scripture. Therefore, when a ‘Torah teacher’ or ‘Bible teacher’ takes a stand against, it is an immediate red flag regarding their credibility. Either, they have not studied the subject and are simply relying on millennia of false religious doctrines, or they have studied and are more concerned with public opinion than the facts from Scripture.
Who is on the Lord’s side?