This word is used to describe both God the Father and Jesus (Yeshua‘). In the Old Testament God is portrayed as a loving husband to His people in contrast to the Canaanite god, Ba’al. Ba’al tied people up in life-sapping slavery; God restores dignity and freedom.
We should never allow our human experiences to limit our understanding of God. Just because someone abuses a role as spouse, father, or friend, does not mean that God is like them. God defines each role; humans do not define Him.
My husband in Hebrew:
Strong’s Concordance number: 376
Bible reference: Hos. 2:16 (NIV)
“In that day,” declares the Lord,
“you will call me ‘my husband’;
you will no longer call me ‘my master.’” (Hosea 2:16 NIV)
Your husband in Hebrew:
Strong’s Concordance number: 1166
Bible reference: Isa. 54:5
For your husband is your Maker,
Whose name is the Lord of hosts;
And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel,
Who is called the God of all the earth. (Isaiah 54:5)
Husband in Greek:
Strong’s Concordance number: 435
Bible references: 2 Cor. 11:2; Rev. 21:2
I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. (2 Cor. 11:2 NIV)
The word aner can mean “man” too. Elsewhere Jesus is also called the Bridegroom. See also Rev. 19:7, 21:9.