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Lesson # Matt. 19:7-9
Study Material - Matt. 19:7-9
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7 They say [lego] unto him [autos] , Why [tis] did Moses [Moseus] then [oun] command [entellomai] to give [didomi] a writing [biblion] of divorcement [apostasion] , and [kai] to put [apoluo] her [autos] away [apoluo] ?
8 He saith [lego] unto them [autos] , [hoti] Moses [Moseus] because of [pros] the hardness [sklerokardia] of your [humon] hearts [sklerokardia] suffered [epitrepo] you [humin] to put away [apoluo] your [humon] wives [gune] : but [de] from [apo] the beginning [arche] it was [ginomai] not [ou] so [houto] .
9 And [de] I say [lego] unto you [humin] , [hoti] Whosoever [hos] [an] shall put away [apoluo] his [autos] wife [gune] , except [ei me] it be for [epi] fornication [porneia] , and [kai] shall marry [gameo] another [allos] , committeth adultery [moichao] : and [kai] whoso marrieth [gameo] her which [ho] is put away [apoluo] doth commit adultery [moichao] . KJV-Interlinear
7 They said to Him, 'Why then did Moses command to give her a certificate of divorce and send her away?' 8 He said to them, 'Because of your hardness of heart, Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way. 9 'And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.' NAS
The passage in view here is Deu. 24. 'But Moses said we could divorce!' Or so the Pharisees were implying that the scriptures mandated divorce, but then the Bible never commands divorce, it only acknowledges it. Just as the Bible never authorizes sin, but it recognizes that sin exists.
We are all commanded to walk in Gods Word (spiritual maturity) and be perfect (fellowship), just as God commanded Abraham, but do we all follow Gods commands? Of course not. If we all did, then there would be no sin whatsoever in this world, and prosperity would leap way off the charts.
Man is always relating his own life to man and to the world (the environment around us). Almost never is mans life related to God and to Gods standards, that is when it comes to spiritually negative or indifferent people. They look only to themselves.
What was the certificate of divorce for? Immorality, or more aptly put, perpetual immorality. When one member of the marriage will just not refrain from being faithful and are totally insensitive to marital fidelity, then God through Moses indirectly permitted divorce.
The Pharisees took this view and exaggerated it to include the most frivolous of offenses, and they applied it only to the offenses of women, never to men. The Pharisees were defiant against God, and as such anyone who is defiant against God will ultimately make up their own rules of conduct. We see this a lot in Islam where women are little more than tolerated creatures. But then the women were always handy when it came to the topic of sex. So the Pharisees and others like them (negative toward God types) are hypocrites, in that they maintain double standards for men as opposed to women.
Why did God permit divorce? Because of the hardness of their hearts. Hardness is a callousness over the soul through which sensitivity and empathy for others ceases. Ones own lust desires, ones own dissatisfaction, ones own attitude of boredom takes over and that makes for easy rationalization for moving on to greener pastures.
The penalty for adultery was death, but that applied to both participating individuals. It takes at least two to commit adultery. This reference to immorality was for something less than adultery, but still crossing over the line of decency, and it refers to perpetual indiscretions, not just an occasional failure. So the death penalty did not apply, but the marriage was not going to work out obviously because of the problems imposed on the marriage by one or the other of the two parties. The divorce was available to both parties, though these passages were often written from the mans perspective.
Relations between man and woman are intended to be for the long haul, not for the short run or for frivolous interactions (testing the water so to speak) of convenience. There are a lot of excuses people make up for living together outside of marriage (save money, test compatibility, don't feel the need to be formal in society). There are a lot of reasons for people breaking their marriage and divorcing (financial problems, competition between the two, boredom, whatever). These all go straight back to their lack of integrity, and that means lack of Bible doctrine in their souls.
People with spiritual growth will inevitably have tolerance for the many flaws in their spouse. They will recognize the many flaws within their own self, and in so doing, they will look past the problems, work them out and move on in life. Of course there are situations when separation is necessary, like when one spouse beats up (violence) the other spouse repeatedly. That goes without saying, and should be obvious to all.
Marriage should not be taken lightly. It is not intended for the satisfaction of physical lusts, but for the completion (the bringing together) of two otherwise incomplete lives. The marriage couple should look to each other for many fulfillment's in their lives, and not just a sharing of expenses, convenient sex, and then using other social commitments for their fulfillment.
God has invented marriage as a bonding institution and when mankind defines it into some other mechanism of convenience, then the marriage will ultimately fail.
As goes you soul, so goes your life's experiences - marriage included. The individual is the lowest common denominator of life and from that institution (the individual) all destinies are determined. The status of the individual soul is determined by the attitude or volition which rules the soul, and that all comes right down to what you think, decide and do throughout your life.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
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