When Jesus finished saying these things, he left Galilee and came to the area of Judea on the east side of the Jordan. Large crowds followed him, and he healed them. Some Pharisees came to him. In order to test him, they said, “Does the Law allow a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?” Jesus answered, “Haven’t you read that at the beginning the creator made them male and female? And God said, ‘Because of this a man should leave his father and mother and be joined together with his wife, and the two will be one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore, humans must not pull apart what God has put together.” The Pharisees said to him, “Then why did Moses command us to give a divorce certificate and divorce her?” Jesus replied, “Moses allowed you to divorce your wives because your hearts are unyielding. But it wasn’t that way from the beginning. I say to you that whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery.” His disciples said to him, “If that’s the way things are between a man and his wife, then it’s better not to marry.” He replied, “Not everybody can accept this teaching, but only those who have received the ability to accept it. For there are eunuchs who have been eunuchs from birth. And there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by other people. And there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs because of the kingdom of heaven. Those who can accept it should accept it.” (Matthew 19:1-12, CEB)
Why did Moses command to give a divorce certificate? Because you are hard of heart.
Actually, marriage happens when the relationship is consummated. Meaning some people are married to more people than they think. When 2 flesh become 1 then the marriage is set.
We are humans who think we should get what we want to make us happy, and while God wants us happy, that doesn’t mean we get what we think will make us happy in the moment, because moments are fleeting and our desires are fickle.
Know that God intended those who were joined to be joined forever.
Loving People. Loving God.
One thought on “Divorce”
This is one devotion off of a snippet of scripture. This past Sunday I preached on the text from Mattehew 5:21-37 and said God would never intend for a person to be in a relationship that was harmful physically or mentally and divorce happens. So I’m with you I’m sure. Our sinfulness gets in the way of God’s kingdom here. But we do the best we can.
I’m glad you are reading and engaging me this way!