When the servants of David came to Abigail at Carmel, they spoke to her, saying, "David has sent us to you to take you as his wife." She arose and bowed with her face to the ground and said, "Behold, your maidservant is a maid to wash the feet of my lord's servants." Then Abigail quickly arose, and rode on a donkey, with her five maidens who attended her; and she followed the messengers of David and became his wife. David had also taken Ahinoam of Jezreel, and they both became his wives" [1 Samuel 25:40-44].
It can be quickly understood that David had more than one wife. We also know that he took the (deceased) wife of Uriah the Hittite to also be his wife and she was in the lineage of Yahshua. Was he married to many women at the same time? Are you sure? There are various verses that speak of the "two" wives of David, but even then he might have more, even though they are not named. Oh, no, something is not right.
"Sons were born to David at Hebron: his firstborn was Amnon, by Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; and his second, Chileab, by Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah, the daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur; and the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; and the fifth, Shephatiah the son of Abital; and the sixth, Ithream, by David's wife Eglah. These were born to David at Hebron" [2 Samuel 3:2-5].
We know that he had six wives for he had children by six of them. Could he have had other wives? There is no way that we could know for sure, even if they are not named, or move on to other verses.
"Meanwhile David took more concubines and wives from Jerusalem, after he came from Hebron; and more sons and daughters were born to David. Now these are the names of those who were born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia, Elishama, Eliada and Eliphelet" [2 Samuel 5:13-16].
. Let us move on to the subject of Abraham.
"Now Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac; but to the sons of his concubines, Abraham gave gifts while he was still living, and sent them away from his son Isaac eastward, to the land of the east" [Genesis 25:5-6].
Abraham, we know, had Isaac and Ishmael. Did he have other children? Are you sure?
What about king Solomon? Did Solomon have concubines besides his wives? How many wives did Solomon have?
"He had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines, and his wives turned his heart away" [1 Kings 11:3-4].
What is a concubine?
"CONCUBINE, n. L., to lie together, to lie down.
1. A woman who cohabits with a man, without the authority of a legal marriage; a woman kept for lewd purposes; a kept mistress.
2. A wife of inferior condition; a lawful wife, but not united to the man by the usual ceremonies, and of inferior condition. Such were Hagar and Keturah, the concubines of Abraham; and such concubines were allowed by the Roman laws."
Rehoboam was one of the two kings when the tribe split into two pieces. Here is what is stated about him.
"Rehoboam loved Maacah the daughter of Absalom more than all his other wives and concubines. For he had taken eighteen wives and sixty concubines and fathered twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters" [2 Chronicles 11:21-22].
Boy, he begat eighty-eight children! Out of one-thousand wives and concubines, how many sons and daughters do you think that Solomon produced? So, we know that there was no law that a man could have more than one wife. Except for the leaders in the ekklesia, where do we find that there is a prohibition against having more than one wife? We live in the united states where man has made laws, but, what about those who are not from the united states? Personally, I am happily married for 15 years and would not go against the laws under which I live, but the question remains – what does the bible say?
More next week. Thanks for reading. Welcome Gentle readers!