Is there a time when a woman should perhaps leave her man, her covering? In my writings I try to teach general principles of Yehovah’s word. But there are times when we just need more light.
The comments which I am going to add here are in light of what I have already written in “A Woman’s Place of Safety (Part 1)” and “A Woman’s Place of Safety (Part 2).” I see in Torah that a woman, living in accordance with Yehovah’s created purpose, can never leave her man and set off on her own, uncovered; even widows or orphans are to have a covering.
But while we live in Babylon there is much wickedness that is allowed and even encouraged. In Yehovah’s kingdom there are many reasons why a wicked man or woman would be killed, thus leaving his woman/wife and children un-fathered (orphaned). Here are just a few of them.
‘For everyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death. He has cursed his father or his mother. His blood shall be upon him. ‘The man who commits adultery with another man’s woman, he who commits adultery with his neighbor’s woman, the adulterer and the adulteress, shall surely be put to death. The man who lies with his father’s woman has uncovered his father’s nakedness; both of them shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them. (Lev 20:9-11)
If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them. If a man marries a woman and her mother, it is wickedness. They shall be burned with fire, both he and they, that there may be no wickedness among you. If a man mates with an animal, he shall surely be put to death, and you shall kill the animal. If a woman approaches any animal and mates with it, you shall kill the woman and the animal. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood is upon them. (Lev 20:13-16)
“He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death. (Exo 21:12)
“And he who strikes his father or his mother shall surely be put to death. (Exo 21:15)
“He who kidnaps a man and sells him, or if he is found in his hand, shall surely be put to death. (Exo 21:16)
‘None of you shall approach anyone who is near of kin to him, to uncover his nakedness: I am Yehovah. (Lev 18:6)
Who is “near of kin”?
The nakedness of your son’s daughter or your daughter’s daughter, their nakedness you shall not uncover; for theirs is your own nakedness. (Lev 18:10)
Notice that near of kin is equal to his nakedness, which is anyone who comes from his body, which includes a man’s children and children’s children.
All the sexual sins in Leviticus 18 are sins which get the men “cut off” from among their people.”
For whoever commits any of these abominations, the persons who commit them shall be cut off (כרו H3772) from among their people. (Lev 18:29)
What does it mean to be “cut off”? Is “killed” a possibility? Look at what it says in Exodus 31
Therefore you are to keep my Shabbat, because it is set apart for you. Everyone who treats it as ordinary must be put to death; for whoever does any work on it is to be cut off (כרו H3772) from among his people. (Exo 31:14)
כּרת kârath kaw-rath’
A primitive root; to cut (off, down or asunder); by implication to destroy or consume; … (Strong’s)
1) to cut, cut off, cut down, cut off a body part, cut out, eliminate, kill, cut a covenant
Perhaps in some places it does mean “killed”; but in other places it seems to mean “kicked out” of Israel. Either way it means no eternal life for the one or ones who are no longer included among Yehovah’s people. For instead of death by stoning they now must now endure death by life; ha, better yet, how about death by existence! I wonder if that is why Yeshua told the man who wanted to bury his father before he followed Yeshua, “let the dead bury the dead.” For most people, all who are not in the way of life, are all ready “walking dead.”
… being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without Elohim in the world. (Eph 2:11-12)
Can A Woman Leave Her Man?
I must give a warning here, for those women, and others, who may be too quick to have their husband “cut off” from Yehovah’s people or killed; for sometimes what happens to the husband also happens to his family. I am thinking of Achan, Korah, Dathan and Abiram, the ten spies that gave the bad report and many other instances like these.
Then Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, the silver, the garment, the wedge of gold, his sons, his daughters, his oxen, his donkeys, his sheep, his tent, and all that he had, and they brought them to the Valley of Achor. (Jos 7:24)
Now it came to pass, as he finished speaking all these words, that the ground split apart under them, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households and all the men with Korah, with all their goods. So they and all those with them went down alive into the pit; the earth closed over them, and they perished from among the assembly. (Num 16:31-33)
Of course, no one is put to death on the say of one man.
Whoever is deserving of death shall be put to death on the testimony of two or three witnesses; he shall not be put to death on the testimony of one witness. The hands of the witnesses shall be the first against him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So you shall put away the evil from among you. (Deu 17:6-7)
Now, I bring up all this up because the man who does any of these wicked things should be put to death if he has joined himself to Yehovah and his called-out people; and his death would effectively make his woman a widow and his children, grown or not, orphans. As I have said in previous blogs, the wicked men that fail to lead their families in the way they should go, will be the first ones killed in the tribulation.
But, while we are living in Babylon, is it inconceivable that these atrocities may be some of the reasons why a woman might, could, perhaps even should leave her man, her covering even while he is still alive? It may be, but maybe not. PLEASE, I am just throwing out food for thought here, and I hate the thought; but a woman (and children) that are being led by a man who partakes in such gross wickedness (seen by 2 or more witnesses) may be better off by finding a near of kin as an alternate covering. Such choices as these should never have to happen and I HATE the very idea, but we are still living in wicked Babylon.
You can be sure that when we begin to live only under only Yehovah’s laws, that there will be a huge decrease in this kind of wicked behavior and a lot less widows and orphans in the land; but unfortunately we have not seen anything yet.