Does God have two brides??

The knee jerk reaction from both Jews and Christians is a resounding, “NO!!!”  But, does Scripture bear this out, or are we willfully blind to a most difficult topic that we relegate to some ancient culture and time?

Buckle your seat belt and let’s examine Scripture without doctrinal or cultural filters.

Ezekiel 23 is a vile and gut wrenching chapter that few read with any pleasure.  Jerusalem and Samaria, capital cities of Judah and Israel respectively, are vividly described as sister brides, wed to God Himself, who commit adulterous acts.

23 The word of the Lord came to me again, saying, “Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother; and they played the harlot in Egypt. They played the harlot in their youth; there their breasts were pressed and there their virgin bosom was handled. Their names were Oholah the elder and Oholibah her sister. And they became Mine, and they bore sons and daughters. And as for their names, Samaria is Oholah and Jerusalem is Oholibah.

Begin by noting that while the language is metaphorical, God is making a very specific point.  This chapter begins with a bold and direct statement: two women, daughters of one mother became His and bore sons and daughters.  This is marriage language that is confirmed again multiple times through the text.  Oholah and Oholibah pursue other lovers and play the harlot to the anger, frustration and embarrassment of God the Husband. Continue reading “Does God have two brides??”