Husband

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 (ishi) pictured in the Hebrew text of Hosea 2:16.

My husband (ishi) in the Hebrew text of Hosea 2:16.

My husband in Hebrew:

’Ishi

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)

 

Picture of the name of God, Your Husband (Vo‘alayikh), in the Hebrew text of Isaiah 54:5.

Your Husband in the Hebrew text of Isaiah 54:5.

Your husband in Hebrew:

Vo‘alayikh

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)

 

The Greek word for Husband pictured in the text of Revelation 21:2.

The Greek word for Husband in the text of Revelation 21:2.

Husband in Greek:

Aner

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.

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