Family law

Let’s get down to business tonight and talk about when our family laws were created.

The first mention of “law” regarding family was with Abraham’s father, Terah.
Genesis 11:31: And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son’s son and Sarai, his daughter in law, his son Abram’s wife, and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there.
Genesis 20:10-12: And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing? And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife’s sake. And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.

The following paragraphs are from my book. I have a diagram in the book that better explains the situation, but this is the best that I can do on Facebook.

“God took Abraham from the land of his father’s family for a reason. This is the first time that it is recorded that family positions were based upon a law. But the unique thing here is that Sarai was Terah’s daughter, but he still referred to her as his daughter-in-law. His second wife was most likely referred to as his wife-in-law.

Terah’s marriage to his second wife was based upon a law, a man’s law. Also, Terah’s first wife might have been considered a central figure the family. The “in-law” terminology most likely indicated that, though a law, the wife-in-law (the second wife) and her children could be divorced and forced to leave the family if her presence caused too many problems for the nuclear family to bear. Hagar is a good example of this scenario.”

Today, we are all expendable and replaceable! Who took the laws one step further and why? I will try to explain this in my future posts.

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I am the author of The Step-Father’s Step-Son. The book is available through Family Matters Publishing at and The book covers subjects such as: adultery, family, relationships, and parenting. The book is written primarily for the first family and the children of the parents of the first family.