When a marriage occurred the husband “…[left] his father and mother and [was] united to his wife, and they [became] one flesh. (Genesis 2:24)” and “ruled” over his family, following the pattern of Genesis 3:16

“Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken (`azab {aw-zab’}); neither shall thy land any more be
termed Desolate(shimamah {shee-mam-aw’}): but thou shalt be called Chephtziybahh {khef-tzee’baw –
darling}, and thy land Ba’al ulah (Land of your husband); for Yahweh delighteth in thee, and thy land
shall be married. (Isaiah 62:4)

Most cultures in the Middle East were matriarchal in structure; Israel’s was not one of them. The
husband governed Israel’s family life. When a marriage occurred the husband “…[left] his father and
mother and [was] united to his wife, and they [became] one flesh. (Genesis 2:24)” and “ruled” over his
family, following the pattern of Genesis 3:16: To the wife Yahweh said, “… your desire shall be for your
husband, and he shall rule over you.” Interestingly enough because the husband was the governor of the
family, he was given the title of Ba’al which meant “leader”, “leader of the home and family.” Isn’t it
unusual that it did not say, “master,” that would have been “Adon.”

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