In recent posts dealing with the fact that abusers see their spouse and children as property owned, Innoscent made the following excellent comment:
In the eyes of the abuser the marriage covenant contract is an exclusive title whereby he becomes the proprietor of his wife, whatever she owns, her life, their children, everything. To him, there is no joint ownership and responsibility. There is no love. His plan is all about taking, kidnapping, and sucking out every bit of life, goodness, talent, etc. everything of his prey. Abusers are similar to parasitic plants and insects they live off.
My ex-H once litterally compared me to a car in a letter to a friend who was shocked by that. So was I, but at that time I was under his spell and in thick fog, and explained it away as some type of male figurative talk.
Sadly the church interprets the husband’s entitlement to his wife as ‘a noble statement’ as you said Jeff, when in reality he’s bent on pillaging and looting her life in the long run. Covert satanic rioting, that’s what it is.
If you want a clear picture of all of this in Scripture, all you need do is go back to Exodus and read:
Exodus 14:5-8 ESV When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, the mind of Pharaoh and his servants was changed toward the people, and they said, “What is this we have done, that we have let Israel go from serving us?” (6) So he made ready his chariot and took his army with him, (7) and took six hundred chosen chariots and all the other chariots of Egypt with officers over all of them. (8) And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued the people of Israel while the people of Israel were going out defiantly.
Pharaoh’s heart was hardened by the Lord, but it was a hardening of Pharaoh’s own wicked sin. The Lord does not create sin. He declared that He was going to destroy Pharaoh.
But we see here that Israel, having been enslaved and persecuted but now set free, was being chased after by Pharaoh and his army. What was Pharaoh’s motivation? Well, it was just what we have been talking about – He viewed Israel as HIS property. Now that they had escaped, he was going out to get his property back and return them to slavery and cruel bondage.
This tells me that these servants of the devil, like Pharaoh, all have this very same mentality. A wife is owned. Children are property. And if they ever try to escape, well, he’s coming after them fully loaded. This is exactly what happens, doesn’t it? I am sure many of you could confirm it from your own experience. These abusers, these wicked Pharaohs of our day, will sooner kill a wife and/or children than to be “defrauded” of what is their property by right.
May the Lord continue to bring the walls of the sea down upon these wicked ones and lead the oppressed into freedom.