Marriage: What the Bible Says About Divorce and Remarriage

Introduction

I. Divorce is no longer a disease contracted only by Hollywood movie stars.

A. People from all walks of life, including Christians, are affected by divorce.

B. There is hardly a Christian family that, directly or indirectly, does not know the pain of divorce.

II. We live today in a time of cultural transition when old values are being challenged both within and without the church.

A. "They have been pulled up by the roots, thrown up into the air, and are now beginning to come down like tossed salad."

B. The result is that many Christians today are confused and do not know what to believe, especially in the area of divorce and remarriage.

III. Many are asking, "What does the Bible say about divorce and remarriage?"

A. This is a very emotional issue (Jer 10:23; Prov 16:25).

B. Let us carefully notice Matthew 19:3-12.

Discussion

I. THE QUESTION (3).

A. Two prevalent views on Deut 24 in Mishnah (oral Jewish traditions).

1. Shammai - A man should not divorce his wife unless he has found her guilty of some unseemly conduct, as it says, because he hath found some unseemly thing in her (obligated).

2. Hillel - [He may divorce her] even if she has merely spoilt his food, since it says, because he hath found some unseemly thing in her.

II. THE RESPONSE (4-5).

A. "Have you not read?"

1. Made - for marriage.

2. Married - joined, glued.

3. Merged - became one flesh.

a. 3 people involved (God, husband & wife - Prov 2:17; Mal 2:14-17; Rom 7:2-3

III. THE PROHIBITION (6).

A. "Let not man separate" - imperative mood.

IV. THE REBUTTAL (7).

A. "Why then did Moses COMMAND" (cf. Mat 28:20).

V. THE ANSWER (8).

A. Hardness (cf. Mk 16:14).

B. Permitted.

C. "But from the beginning it was not so."


VI. THE LEGISLATION (9).

A. Notice the 1st independent clause without the exception.

1. Whoever divorces - Aorist tense > point action.

2. Marries - Aorist tense > point action.

3. Commits Adultery - Present tense > linear action.

B. Notice the 2nd independent clause.

1. Whoever marries her (a woman).

2. [A woman] Divorced - Passive voice.

3. Commits adultery - Present tense.

a. Why point out 2 clauses? The exception goes with the 1st clause not the 2nd.

VII. THE EXCEPTION (9).

A. "Except for sexual immorality (fornication)."

1. Adverbial phrase, modifies "divorce."

2. Divorce must be for (because of) fornication.

3. Result:

a. Innocent party may remarry.

b. Guilty party cannot remarry.

(1) Guilty party is still bound by God's marriage law (Rom 7:2).

VIII. THE REACTION (10-12).

A. All should not marry if they will not live as husband and wife for life.

B. All can go to heaven if they will not live in the sin of adultery (Col 3:5-7).

Conclusion

I. We must not enter marriage lightly.

II. We cannot end a marriage easily.

This sermon contains my thoughts and material researched from other sources.

 

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