I’m just a simple Christian man. I look at the clearest statements of God.
Honestly, I believe you are just trying to justify polygamy.
From the NLT, Ezekiel 23:4
God speaking here:
The older girl was named Oholah, and her sister was Oholibah. I married them, and they bore me sons and daughters.
Isn't the LORD talking about Samaria and Jerusalem?
God speaking here to David:
2 Sam 12:8
I gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if [that had been] too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.
Indeed, God allowed for polygamy in the Old Testament.
God speaking about David:
1 Kings 15: 5 Because David did [that which was] right in the eyes of the LORD, and turned not aside from any [thing] that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.
Obviously polygamy wasn't the issue with David, now Solomon is another story...
Speaking of Israel and Judah:
I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
Again, God isn't talking about real women.
2 Chronicles 24: 2-3
And Joash did [that which was] right in the sight of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest.
And Jehoiada took for him two wives; and he begat sons and daughters.
You will find polygamy in the Old Testament, that isn't the contention.
I can't apologize for wanting to be a righteous man like the great patriarchs of the bible.
Dwight, just to remind you we are under another covenant. I know you will continue to point to the Old Testament to support your beliefs in polygamy, but you need to reconcile verses like 1Ti 3:2, 1Ti 3:12, Tts 1:6 with your belief that God wants men to have multiple wives and that is his design and intention is for polygamy.
I will continue to point to creation as God's intention, and events after the fall as evidence of man depravity and need for redemption and restoration. Jesus came to make all things new. So seek become like Jesus, don't live in the shadows of his coming.By the way, I'm still waiting for the reference to Adam's second wife.