May 19, 2017
The First Polygamist
Genesis 4:19 (KJB) And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.
Did you know that polygyny was a chosen practice in ancient biblical times? It is not a new condition and was once prevalent in our society. It is not commonly found in our society today, as the practice of it is punishable by law. It is perhaps still practiced in some cultures today.
This verse speaks of an ancient man named Lamech. He has the distinction of being the first person recorded in God’s Word who chose to live in polygamy. He took two wives, Adah and Zillah. If you follow through reading about the life of Lamech you will certainly see that having two wives was not in any way beneficial.
Solomon was the largest known polygamist documented, taking to himself hundreds of wives. Therefore, inviting numerous adverse consequences to play out in his life. However, after a time, it did show him the vainness of his life and his great personal need for God.
Choosing to have more than one wife has stood as a violation of God’s law. It does not leave room for receiving blessings of God or for following through on the sanctity of marriage as God has clearly decreed.