Mark 12:19

This week’s crazy Bible verse is Mark 12:19.

“Teacher,” they said, “Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother.” – Mark 12:19

Um…what?  Does the widow have no choice in the matter?  Does the brother have no choice in the matter?  All because Moses ruled that a dead man’s brother must fill his wife with his seed?  What if the brother in law is married?

I understand that culture today is much different than the culture of Biblical times, but this seems ridiculous for Biblical standards.

What else can I say on this?  Widows, hope your brother in law is a handsome man with sexy body?

Hope that you’re madly in love with your brother in law to help ease the transition?  If there’s true love and the relationship between widow and brother in law is consensual, then okay, but if not, it’s nothing but rape.  Given that the Bible says “must marry” I’d say more often than not rape is the outcome.  Condoning rape is not new in the Bible, so I’m not surprised, but this is a New Testament example of it.

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