Divorce


Mark 10:1-12

The Pharisees came to test the Lord Jesus Christ.

They wanted to trap Him in a theological debate.

They wanted to undermine His credibility in the eyes of the people.

A great crowd had gathered to hear Him teach.

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The Pharisees asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”

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The Lord Jesus Christ turned the tables on them.

He asks them “What did Moses command you?”

It is a good tactic to use the Bible when we are drawn into a theological argument.

They answered, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.”

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The Lord Jesus Christ responded by reminding them that the only reason Moses gave such a command was for “hardness of heart”.

In other words, divorce is the result of sin and hardness of heart.

The law Moses gave them was to control their refusal to honor God’s ideal for marriage.

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Such a situation should never have existed in the first place.

But because of the sinfulness of the human heart it did, and it needed to be controlled.

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The Lord Jesus Christ reached beyond the Law all the way to the beginning of creation.

He reminded them that in the creation, God created a male and a female.

God’s command to the first couple was for them to be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth.

Under God’s divine design, a man was to leave the home of his parents and he was to cleave to his wife.

It was to endure for a lifetime.

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Marriage is a covenant that is to be entered into only after serious thought about the consequences.

Marriage is a lifetime commitment between one man and one woman for one lifetime.

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When a man and a woman come together as husband and wife, they become one flesh.

They become one person in God’s eyes.

The married couple becomes one in their goals, their direction, their will, their emotions, their mind and their spirit.

They move together through life as a single entity.

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The Lord Jesus Christ then told them that every marriage is made in heaven.

The union of two people in the covenant of marriage is an honorable thing in the eyes of God.

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Marriage is the work of the Lord while divorce is the work of man.

No one has the right to destroy a marriage.

Divorce and remarriage are never commanded or commended in the Word of God.

Both were merely permitted as a gracious concession to the sinfulness of man.

God’s ideal for marriage is one man and one woman for one lifetime.

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When the Lord Jesus Christ was alone with His disciples, they asked Him again.

They wanted to learn more.

The Lord Jesus Christ said when a man or a woman divorced their mate and married another person, they were guilty of adultery in the eyes of the Lord.


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