The Bible’s prophets use marriage to discuss relations between gods and nations. Yahweh was ‘married’ to Israel, for example.

Jesus- the ‘Bridegroom’- speaks as a prophet to that higher narrative of deities married to ‘nations’ and the problem of Israel, Yahweh’s ex-wife.

Note: reading Mt 19 to refer to Christian marriage would make getting a divorce a capital crime. Adultery = death! To invoke Mt 19 against divorced people is to call for them to be executed.

https://medium.com/belover/the-divorce-hoax-25ca53fcfa3a

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