The Wife's Vow Nullified by Jesus

There is sound legal reason for scripture's marriage allegory. It lies deeply imbedded in the template of the Torah.

Jesus, as God (see 'The Trinity'), was just as much a 'husband' to the first wife as was His Father. For this reason, He was able to nullify her vows regarding the marriage which bonded God legally to the Old Covenant.

The prophecies surrounding the Book of Esther show that the Holy Spirit has locked the two Jerusalem's (physical Jerusalem and spiritual Jerusalem) and their respective covenants into the Law's directives concerning nuptial vows (Num.30).

"Every vow or oath that is binding on the wife may be endorsed or annulled by the husband...but if he annuls them longer than a day after he learnt of them, then he must bear the burden of the wife's fault." (Num.30:14-16).

This decree, though seemingly meant for the Israelites, was used by God to exchange the covenants. He could do this because the Law bound Him just as much as it did the people of Israel. No one is above the Law in God's eyes, not even Himself. Any action otherwise would mean being a lawbreaker.

God is not lawless. He could not simply throw away the old law, Instead, He fulfilled its terms. Thus He removed us from its mortal penalty, quite legally.

The Law allowed Jesus to annul the first covenant and its penalty by bearing the burden of the penalty which sin had bound on the first wife (the old Jerusalem in Palestine).

He did this by assuming His role as husband, a legal position specified in the Law (the Torah); bearing in His own body the penalty for the wife's fault.

He bore this penalty by mounting the cross.

Doing so, Jesus was able to lead us out of the old covenant, nullifying that covenant's terms in the exact terms the law specified.

"Go away, go away, leave that place, touch nothing unclean. Get out of her, purify yourselves, you who carry the vessels of God. But you are not to leave like fugitives. No, the Lord will go in front of you, and the God of Israel will be your rearguard."
(Isaiah 52:11-12).

He went out in front of us because He went to the cross before our journey began, and, the fact that God is our rearguard, shows that God authorized the action so that on one could overturn it or cry foul.

By describing the two Jerusalem's in the image of women and wives, scripture has bound them to the Law in this format. (See Esther)

Jesus was able to assume His Father's role because the Law allowed Him to stand in his Father's place: "The rite of atonement must be performed by the priest who has been anointed and installed to officiate in place of his father." (Lv.16:32).

Jesus' Father was God. Anointed by the Father, Jesus was installed by Him into a priesthood of divinity which the Old Testament calls 'Melchizedek' (Ps.110:4). It was a priesthood of Father, Son and Holy Spirit exclusively, and so outranked the priesthood of Aaron (and even that of Peter), giving Jesus full authority over the Rite of Atonement and everything that followed.

Standing in for His Father, in obedience to the Law, He bore the sinful 'wife's fault' in his own body. In this way the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary fulfilled the directives of Mosaic Law, allowing God to rescue us entirely within it's own terms.

See, Also:

1. 'The Clock of God', Chapter 3, 'The Return of Christ'

2. 'The Clock of God', Chapter 13, 'The Kingdom of Heaven'

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