12/29/15 Is Divorce OK With God?

The Pharisees, ever seeking to trap Jesus with words, come to Him after the service and ask, “Is it permitted in the Law of Moses for a man to divorce his wife for any reason he chooses?”  Jesus replies, “You know the law, you know the answer to this question.  What does the law say?”  One of the Pharisees says, “The law permits a man to write his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away.”  Jesus nods and says, “Moses relented and gave you that law because your hearts, and those of your ancestors, have always been hard.  If he hadn’t given you that law, wives would have suffered at the hands of abusive husbands.  But from the beginning, it was always intended that marriage should last, as the vow states, ‘till death do they part.’  That is why in the Book of Beginnings it states that God created people male and female.  Any why it states that a man shall leave his parents and be joined together with his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.  And so, what God has joined together should not be torn apart, except for marital infidelity.  For whoever divorces his wife and then marries again commits adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”  Andrew comments, “If that is so, then maybe it is better to never marry at all!”  Jesus looks at him and nods his head seriously.  “For those who can resist the temptation to fall into sexual immorality, that is always a valid option.  There are some people who are born as eunuchs, some who are made that way later in life, and some who make themselves eunuchs.  But it is not an easy life, for it is filled with temptation.”

Matthew 19:3-12, Mark 10:2-12

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