Human beings change all the time. We are constantly inventing new rules for living, new laws, and new ways to have relationships with each other. Needless to say, Yahweh-Elohim - the Lord God - does not look too kindly upon such things. "I am Yahweh, I do not change," said the Most High to the prophet Malachi (Mal.3:6).
What does that mean exactly? It means that His nature, behaviour and laws are consistent and unchanging. If Yahweh changed, it would mean that lying is OK now even if it wasn't yesterday. If He changed, it would mean that homosexuality was wrong in the past but is OK today. If He changed, it would mean worshipping lots of gods was wrong in the past but OK today. And if He changed, it would mean that having more than one wife was OK before but not any longer.
Well, the gods of people's own invention may change, but the One and only True God, Yahweh, does not. He does not change, He said so to Malachi. Moreover, His Son doesn't change either:
"Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) is the same yesterday, today, and forever" (Heb.13:8, NKJV).
The Father doesn't change, the Son doesn't change. God (Elohim) does not change. He doesn't change His mind about His laws and statutes. And why not? Because:
"The counsel of Yahweh stands forever" (Ps.33:11, NKJV)
Solomon understood that when he said:
"I know that whatever God (Elohim) does, It shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, And nothing taken from it. God (Elohim) does it, that men should fear before Him" (Eccl.3:14, NKJV).
How could we ever fear Yahweh - have deep respect for Him - if we couldn't be sure whether He would change His rules from one day to another? We would become paranoid. We wouldn't know what to believe. We could never trust Him.
Imagine you are a man with four wives. You are living Yahweh's marriage laws faithfully. Then suddenly, someone comes along to you and says: "Um, sorry, but since 3 April AD 33, polygamy has become illegal and sinful. You are now living in sin. You have got to get rid of all your wives except the first one!"
How would you react to that? How could you trust a God who one minute says you are blessed and law-abiding and the next minute that you are a sexual pervert and lawless? Would you trust such a God? Yet this is what Western Christians have been teaching for centuries! They are telling us that from the moment Christ died - or perhaps from the day of Pentecost - having more than one wife is 'suddenly' bad.
Personally, I do not trust man-made laws, and I am not about to throw out two of my wives and their children just because a Pope or an evangelist or a pastor or a priest doesn't believe in Yahweh's marriage laws. It's none of their business anyway! Did you know that you don't need a priest or a minister to marry you? Whilst such traditions may exist, the Bible nowhere says you have to have one. All that is required is a vow made in the presence of witnesses. And that's the way it was done for thousands of years, even in Europe, until the state started meddling around about three centuries ago. Of course, it's nice to get your Pastor's blessing, and even better to celebrate a marriage with all your brothers and sisters in Christ, but you don't have to. And if anyone tells you that you are sinning if you don't marry in church or register with the state they are either ignorant or lying.
Marriage is Yahweh's gift to mankind. He has pronounced it good. See what the apostle James, Yah'shua's (Jesus') half-brother said:
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning" (James 1:17-18, NKJV).
Are you married with one wife? She is a gift of the Father to you. Are you married with several? They are gifts to you. Are you a woman with or without sister-wives? Your husband is Yahweh's good gift to you.
Governments, ministers, and popes may go and change marriage laws, but it's frankly none of their business, and Yahweh does not recognise their presumptive and blasphemous acts. For He says:
"God (Elohim) is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent" (Num.23:19, NKJV).
Listening to some ministers you get the impression that they want Yahweh to repent for 'permitting polygamy'! Well, He isn't about to repent, because His laws and statutes on marriage haven't changed. He isn't so stupid or foolish as those men and women who think they can tamper with His Law. Yahweh's moral and ethical Law is immutable - unchangeable (Heb.6:17). There is no law against having more than one wife and therefore, "until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law" (Rom.5:13, NKJV). This being so, it cannot be a sin to have more than one wife. In fact, as we shall see, the Law defends the right of a husband to take more than one wife.