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Apr 03, 2022

Jesus' Teaching on Divorce

Jesus' Teaching on Divorce

Passage: Matthew 19:1-12

Speaker: Pastor Stephen Palm

Series: Matthew: The King and His Kingdom

Category: Expository Book Study

As we begin to explore Matthew chapter 19 the Pharisees challenge Jesus by asking him, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” He takes them back to the book of Genesis to show them and us that God created the covenant of marriage and He defined it long ago as being between one man and one woman who cleave together for life. Not satisfied with that answer the Pharisees challenge Jesus again, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and send her away?” It is here that the Jewish religious leader grossly misrepresents Deuteronomy 24:1-4 because Moses never commanded divorce but it was permitted in the Mosaic Law if a wife was sexually unfaithful to her husband and here Jesus reaffirms what God established in the Hebrew Scriptures, “And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.” On the other side, we see that not all people are called to marriage some are called singleness. Both choices honor God as they advance His gospel here on earth.