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Lesson # Matt. 5:31-32
Study Material - Matt. 5:31-32
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.
31 'And it was said, 'Whoever sends his wife away, let him give her a certificate of divorce'; 32 but I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for the cause of unchastity, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
Divorce had become an event by which any man could get rid of his wife for any cause - real or imagined. God had established the institution of marriage, in the Garden with Adam and Eve, for several purposes. This was and is a divine institution whereby man and wife can enter into a completeness with each other, where they can perpetuate a family and oversee and protect that family, raising children inside the sphere of protection of the family unit. This in turn provides an environment for the children's education as well as the maturing and growth of the parents. Anyone who has had children knows that you learn a great deal about yourself, while you raise children. You also learn a great deal about those children too, and you can make application to your own life with respect to what you observe in their behavior and growth.
Marriage is an institution that should not be taken lightly. Too often people get married for all the wrong reasons. Too often people shack up for all the wrong reasons as well. But as God has commanded that this union shall not be divided, so the command goes unnoticed by most everyone.
To make divorce frivolous then, makes the marriage unit and the family unit less than it should be. Divorce implies a failure on one or both parties, an immaturity on one or both parties, and places any children in stressful situations as well.
Another factor in divorce in the sin factor. Wherein one party may bring the divorce and thus cause sins in the other party and the children. The instigator or perhaps both parents, then become guilty of the sins of the others parties because they caused the sins by their action of divorce, Psa. 50:18.
Divorce has greater repercussions than just the parting of ways of the husband and wife. Therefore, the marriage is of great importance, and should not be taken as something one can do for a while and then just quit for any reason.
With this in mind God has instituted a sin complex surrounding divorce. Divorce is the destruction of something that God has sanctified. It is a direct disobedient act on one or both parties. Marriage is one of the foundations on which the moral fabric of society resides. Throwing marriage away indicates a breakdown of that fabric.
That being said, so too, the soul and volition is the basis for the function of the individual. Just as marriage is the basis for the function of the family. When marriage breaks down, the soul and ones volition has already broken down. So the domino tumbles from one institution (volition) and into another institution (marriage). As society falls apart, then degeneracy rises and then the nation eventually falls completely.
From the small failures of the soul, then expanded to a national scale, the combined result is disaster in society. The impact on children is apparent in their rebellion. As subsequent generations grow up in rebellion, the deterioration in society grows. If it is not put in check, then revolt or war, or even extreme crime waves occur.
Does this mean that there is no way out of a bad marriage? Of course not. The Mosaic Law quoted by Jesus (here the seventh commandment - no adultery), explains that the process of divorce should not be taken lightly. It should be something done through due process, by written document, and witnessed by unrelated parties. This keeps the heat of anger out of the process. It makes the divorce process somewhat less than frivolous, or a knee jerk reaction by the married persons, and it places the blame and the responsibility on both parties.
In those days the marriage had been so distorted that the wife had virtually no rights. The man could keep or throw away his wife at will and she would have no say in the matter. Today that situation is not the case in most advanced societies, although there are still cultures and countries where the woman has virtually no rights. Those countries are generally governed by foreign religions, not Christianity.
Just as with any other sin, you confess it via your fellowship prayer for the one infraction of adultery, or what ever other sins you are guilty of and you move on with your life. Divorce will not keep you out of heaven of course. There is only one unpardonable sin, and that sin is the refusal to believe in Christ. Everything else, you can recover from.
To have a good marriage, be patient and take your time in getting to know your proposed spouse. It is far better if you are both involved in a Bible study. It is far better if you both are believers in Christ. Marriage is difficult enough without having internal strife due to religious differences, or having differences in what you teach the children and so forth. Avoid situations wherein pressures from society might cause your marriage problems. For example inter racial marriages usually are frowned upon by society. There is nothing wrong with them and the Bible certainly does not forbid them, but you should be aware of the repercussions in your life and the possible pressures on your marriage if you choose to go this route.I know, the Bible prohibited the marriage of Israelites with other races, but that was for the purpose of not diluting the doctrinal thinking of the Jewish race, with the idol worship and religious thinking of other races. Even Jesus' ancestry has both Jews and gentiles intermixed in it, and many Jews did in fact marry gentiles. The preservation and perpetuation of the spiritual life is the key.
As in everything, if both the husband and wife are participating in a Bible study, and if both are advancing in their spiritual lives, then nothing in this world can destroy your marriage. Your consistent residence in fellowship with God provides your marriage with protection just as it protects all other aspects of your life.
God does give a 'cheated on' party in a marriage, an out, and that is when the other party commits adultery. But even then, if the marriage is salvageable, then it should be salvaged, rather than taking the easy way out. If there is violence, and other difficulties in a marriage, then a person should indeed terminate their relationship with the violent party, if there is no other recourse.
Marriage should not be entered into easily, and likewise it should not be dissolved easily. It should be a lifetime commitment, and because it has implications that go far beyond just the two people getting married, then it should be contemplated with a great deal of thought. By the way, sex should not be the only consideration for marriage, though it is a strong driving force that brings two people together.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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