How can an adulteress bride return to her husband? Shaul/Paul uses his intimate knowledge of Torah to help the audience awaken to the reality of redemption through Yahusha. If we interpret the verses without a proper knowledge of Torah, we run the risk of creating a false dichotomy between law and grace.

Romans from a Torah Covenant Perspective - Chapter 7

by Matthew Nolan | Romans from a Torah Covenant Perspective

Romans from a Torah Covenant Perspective
– Chapter 7 –

Romans 7:1 Know you not, Yisraelite brothers, for I speak to them that know the Torah (whole body of the written law) , how that the law  (BoL was given to man) has dominion over a man as long as he lives?

Romans 7:2 For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law (BoL ruling on marriage – Deuteronomy 24, that part of the Torah that deals with rights and duties of the husband – BoL)  to her husband so long as he lives; but if the husband is dead, she is loosed from the law (BoL ruling of Deuteronomy 24.) of her husband.

  • V.2 – ’Gamos’/‘marriage’  Versus ‘hupandros gune’/‘married woman.’
  • ‘Gamos’ is the common word for marriage used in the Brit, whereas Paul uses ‘gune hupandros’, its only usage in the NT to communicate, ‘under a burden’, or ‘under bondage – literally: ‘a woman under a husband.’
  • In Numbers 5:20/ LXX we find the same word used to describe a wife’s unfaithfulness and adultery ‘hup andros’ – a woman who’s gone a whoring; astray from her husband.

The ‘law of the husband unarguably deals with a sector of Torah that Israel,  once bound to,  is now released.

The ‘law of the husband’, within the BoL is in place because of a condition of presumed sin and guilt on the part of the bride, where the bride faces the cursing penalties for her violation of the marriage.

Romans 7:3 So then if, while her husband lives, she is married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband is dead, she is free from the law (BoL ruling, she can’t be an adulteress if her husband dies, she’s free to marry another man) of her husband; so that she is not an adulteress, though she gets married to another man.

Numbers 5:11… If any man’s wife goes aside, and commits a trespass against him, 13 And a man lies with her carnally, and it is hidden from the eyes of her husband, and is kept secret, and she is defiled, and there was no witness against her, nor was she caught; 14 And the ruach of jealousy comes upon him, and he becomes jealous of his wife, and she is defiled: or if the ruach of jealousy comes upon him, and he is jealous of his wife, and she is not defiled: 15 Then shall the man bring his wife to the kohen, and he shall bring the offering for her, the tenth part of an ephah of barley meal; he shall pour no oil upon it, nor put frankincense on it; for it is an offering of jealousy, an offering of memorial, bringing iniquity to remembrance.16 And the kohen shall bring her near, and set her before vuvh: 17 And the kohen shall take kadosh mayim in an earthen vessel; of the dust that is on the floor of the Tabernacle the kohen shall take some, and put it into the mayim: 18 And the kohen shall set the woman before vuvh, and uncover the woman’s head,  and put the offering of memorial in her hands, which is the jealousy offering: and the kohen shall have in his hand the bitter mayim that causes the curse: 19 And the kohen shall put her under an oath, and say to the woman, If no man has lain with you, and if you have not gone aside to uncleanness with another instead of your husband, be free from this bitter mayim that causes the curse: 20 But if you have gone aside to another instead of your husband, and if you are defiled, and some man has lain  with you beside your husband: 21 Then the kohen shall charge the woman with an oath of cursing, and the kohen shall say to the woman, vuvh  make you a curse and an oath among your people, when vuvh makes your thigh to rot, and your belly to swell; 22 And this mayim that causes the curse shall go into your bowels, to make your belly to swell, and your thigh to rot: And the woman shall say, Amein, Amein. 23 And the kohen shall write these curses in a scroll, and he shall blot them out with the bitter mayim: 24 And he shall cause the woman to drink the bitter mayim that causes the curse: and the mayim that causes the curse shall enter into her, and become bitter. 25 Then the kohen shall take the jealousy offering out of the woman’s hand, and shall wave the offering before vuvh, and offer it upon the altar: 26 And the kohen shall take a handful of the offering, as a memorial offering, and burn it upon the altar, and afterward shall cause the woman to drink the mayim.  27 And when he has made her to drink the mayim, then it shall come to pass, that, if she is defiled, and has done trespass against her husband, that the mayim that causes the curse shall enter into her, and becomes bitter, and her  belly shall swell, and her thigh shall rot: and the woman shall be a curse among her people. 28 And if the woman is not defiled, but is clean; then she shall be free, and shall conceive zera. 29 This is the Torah of jealousy, when a wife turns aside  to another instead of her husband, and is defiled; 30 Or, when the ruach of jealousy comes upon him, and he is jealous over his wife, and shall set the woman before vuvh, and the kohen shall execute to her all this Torah.  31 Then shall the man be free from iniquity, but the woman shall bear her iniquity.

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