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Lesson # Matt. 19:4-6
Study Material - Matt. 19:4-6
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
4 And [de] he answered [apokrinomai] and said [epo] unto them [autos] , Have ye [anaginosko] not [ou] read [anaginosko] , that [hoti] he which [ho] made [poieo] them at [apo] the beginning [arche] made [poieo] them [autos] male [arrhen] and [kai] female [thelus] ,
5 And [kai] said [epo] , For this [toutou] cause [heneka] shall a man [anthropos] leave [kataleipo] father [pater] and [kai] mother [meter] , and [kai] shall cleave [proskollao] to his [autos] wife [gune] : and [kai] they twain [duo] shall be [esomai] [eis] one [mia] flesh [sarx] ?
6 Wherefore [hoste] they are [eisi] no more [ouketi] twain [duo] , but [alla] one [mia] flesh [sarx] . What [hos] therefore [oun] God [theos] hath joined together [suzeugnumi] , let [chorizo] not [me] man [anthropos] put asunder [chorizo] . KJV-Interlinear
4 And He answered and said, 'Have you not read, that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said,' For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh'? 6 'Consequently they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.' NAS
Marriage is always the work of God, whereas divorce is always the work of man. What God creates, man has the opportunity to accept and enjoy the blessings derived from Gods work, or man can reject, deny or just ignore Gods established institutions and consequently superimpose his own standards in life. The result? Divorce, conflict, antagonism, trouble for the couple and for the children if they exist. Families become extended families, and kids have split loyalties among parents.
What comes from God is perfect. What comes from man is imperfect. When we comply with Gods outline of life, then we enjoy great blessings. When we turn our back on Gods design, then we suffer the miseries that will accompany our rejection or indifference.
Jesus does not answer with a simple yes or no, but takes these self righteous Pharisees back to the first book of the scriptures - Genesis. 'Have you not read?' Well of course they have, but these elite fellows do not understand what God has given them in the scriptures. They read the scriptures and then make up their own rules to live by.
But then that is what all people do sooner or later in life. We all read the scriptures (our Bibles) and then we make up our own rules. Have we not all read Genesis? That is, haven't we all read the first book? Don't we all know or have some knowledge of Gods design? And of course we all have. Everyone in the world has heard of Adam and Eve. So we are without excuse. We study our Bibles, but then we pretend that this or that does not apply to us.
How many have had sex before marriage? How many have shacked up together before marriage? How many have made up convenient excuses as to why we did what we did, or do what we do? Suffice to say that we all have failed in life. So does this mean that since we have crossed the line that we will burn for it? No. Does this mean that since we won't burn, then it is ok to have our little indiscretions? No. Can't have it both ways.
God designed marriage as one of the divine institutions in life. Actually it is one of the four divine institutions in life. The individual is the first institution. Marriage is the second. Family is the third. And the national entity is the fourth.
Each of these institutions has a defined authority - Volition, husband, parents, and government. When used in the proper way, then these institutions function as they should, and blessings related to each accompany each.
All of these institutions function in either one of two realms - the realm of the sin nature life, or the realm of the fellowship life. These realms originate from the individual which is the basis for all of life's organizations here on earth. Can't have a volition without an individual. Can't have a marriage without a man and a woman. Can't have a family without parents. Can't have a nation without individual people. Everything always comes back to the basics. Consequently all of life is a function of the combined 'natures' of all individuals. A nation is the sum of the collective 'sin natures' or 'fellowship natures' of its citizens.
When the collective natures tilt in one direction or the other then there is either more or less blessing depending on which way the people trend in their lives.
Now back to divorce. This is a teaching lesson from Jesus, and not a 'must do this' or 'must do that' lesson. Divorce is, mans superimposing mans rules on Gods institution. Problems result. When man rejects any of Gods principles, then problems result. Sometimes those problems are close to home - you alone. Sometimes those problems are far reaching even into future generations.
For example. When people ignore God in their lives, then they have no means of security. When the husband is insecure, then the wife is insecure. Insecure parents result in insecure children. Insecure children grow up and create an insecure generation. An insecure generation demands security from some source and since God is not in their minds, they look to others for security - government steps in. An insecure government offers insecure programs. Individuals clinging to those programs become dependent and unproductive. They lack innovation. They become slaves to their own environment and they demand more of what they already have - dependence. Life spirals downward. Satisfaction is never achieved and dissatisfaction grows. Crime and violence rise and the nation fails sooner or later. The door is wide open for tyrants to step in and seize control over the nation. Tyranny rules and the jungle life cares nothing for anyone within its boundaries.
Now, is this just a fairy tale? No. It is a reality and we have seen examples of it throughout the world even in our current generation. Each generation must stand or fail on the decisions it makes in life.
Likewise each individual (that is you) makes decisions in life and will either stand or fail based on those decisions made from day to day. Am I going to tell you whether to get married or not? No. Am I going to tell you whether to get divorced or not? No. Am I going to tell you which is the right thing to do? No. Have you not read Genesis? Hummm! Who recently asked that question?
The bottom line is, if you do not know the answer, then you are far short in your spiritual life than where you should be. If you do not care, then you are really short in your spiritual life, and trouble is waiting just around the corner for you.
Remember that we recently went over the three responsibilities God expects of us in life. We have a responsibility to God - to listen, to learn, to support. We have a responsibility to our self - to grow up spiritually, to apply Gods wisdom to our life, to make the right decisions. We have a responsibility to others - to be tolerant, non-judgmental, to aid others. Now this is but a brief statement for which volumes can be written, but you should get the idea. If God authorized it, then it is permissible and qualifies for blessing. If God does not authorize it, then it is not permissible and does not qualify for blessing. That which does not qualify for blessing will result in cursing and discipline sooner or later.
In the Garden God made but one male and one female. He did not create a group of males and a group of females so that each might have a choice. We do not have the choice to flutter from one mate to another. The result is social trouble, family trouble, sexually transmitted disease trouble, personal emotional trouble, and so forth.
Adam and Eve did not have parents so this principle (leaving the home and leaving the parents) applies to all future generations, not to just their first generation.
The marriage couple are to 'cleave' to one another. This is a bonding, a permanent gluing or cementing that is not to be taken lightly. It is a permanent bonding which God designed and mankind receives the benefit.
Sex is not the marriage, but is a right of interaction of the two as a result of marriage. The two become one, is a design from heaven and is then portrayed in their physical union. Each person in the marriage does not belong to themselves, but to each other. Each cannot deny themselves to the other, 1 Cor 7:4, spouses belong to each other in the physical relationship of marriage: 'The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does; and likewise also the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.' Each person has a responsibility to the other. When children result then the marriage produces a picture of their union in the resulting child. The child is formed from the combination of the two parents.
Marriage is not a convenience or whim, but should be taken seriously because it has a far reaching impact not only on the two individuals involved, but on future generations.
Likewise, marriage is a symbol of our learning Bible doctrine and of our spiritual life, of our intimate learning process of taking Gods Word into our very being (our soul), where His word is bonded (cleaved) to our soul, and thereby, if we are in fellowship, then we are blessed by the union we enjoy with God. However, if we cheat on our spiritual life (out of fellowship), then we have divorced God temporarily and will suffer the consequences for our indiscretion.
We can get serious about our Bible study, or we can play games and fool only ourselves.
Again, what comes from God is perfect. What comes from man is imperfect. When we comply with Gods outline of life, then we enjoy great blessings. When we turn our back on Gods design, then we suffer the miseries that will accompany our rejection or indifference.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
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