34 When Esau was forty years old, he married Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and also Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite. 35 They were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah. Genesis 26:34
It’s not clear who or what the source of grief was here, the two wives, Esau, or all three. As the firstborn, the one who gave up his birthright, Isaac clearly favored him. He was the manly man, so to speak, and that probably included having clear rule of the home. If having two wives was a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah, it was doubly so for Esau.
God designed monogamy to be beneficial to the husband and wife. Toss in an extra person, and things get complicated. (Toss in hundreds of wives and concubines like Solomon did, and there can be no peace in that household)! Isaac and Rebekah knew there would be family trouble even under the best of circumstances. But Esau was 40, so he was old enough to know better.
Western culture is quickly eroding away the sanctity of monogamous marriage.
First, the Government substituted itself for the role of husband and father.
Next, homosexuals believed they should be allowed to marry., and the culture shoved it into our faces.
Transsexuals/transgenders wanted their say and are getting it.
Next will most certainly be polygamous marriages, and I don’t want to even think beyond that – and make no mistake there will be other areas of marriage to explore.
Traditional monogamous one man/one woman marriage in the West is clearly under attack.
We’ll never ever be able to rely on politicians to do the right thing, which means we go to God, something we should have been doing all along.