1 If a man marries a woman who becomes displeasing to him because he finds something indecent about her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce, gives it to her and sends her from his house, 2and if after she leaves his house she becomes the wife of another man, 3and her second husband dislikes her and writes her a certificate of divorce, gives it to her and sends her from his house, or if he dies, 4then her first husband, who divorced her, is not allowed to marry her again after she has been defiled. That would be detestable in the eyes of the Lord. Do not bring sin upon the land the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance.
Now fast-forward to Jeremiah 3:
1 “If a man divorces his wife and she leaves him and marries another man, should he return to her again?
No, according to Deuteronomy 24:4.
Would not the land be completely defiled?
Yes. The land of Israel was an adulterous wife.
But you have lived as a prostitute with many lovers— would you now return to me?”
According to Deuteronomy 24:4, God would not take her back.
8 I gave faithless Israel her certificate of divorce and sent her away because of all her adulteries. Yet I saw that her unfaithful sister Judah had no fear; she also went out and committed adultery.
12 Go, proclaim this message toward the north: “ ‘Return, faithless Israel,’ declares the Lord, ‘I will frown on you no longer, for I am faithful,’ declares the Lord, ‘I will not be angry forever. 13Only acknowledge your guilt— you have rebelled against the Lord your God, you have scattered your favors to foreign gods under every spreading tree, and have not obeyed me,’ ”
Did God override Deuteronomy 24:4 by letting the defiled wife/Israel return to her husband/God?