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Matthew 5:31-32

The Sermon on the Mount

The Unravelled Union

Life B-P Church Worship I & II, 24th September 2017

Text: Matthew 5:31,32

 

  • Jesus had a very favourable but strict view of marriage (John 2:1-11; Matthew 19:6).
  • God ordained marriage to be a permanent bond between only one man and one woman (Genesis 2:22-24). But sin has caused the marriage union to unravel.
  • The world today needs Jesus’ authoritative word about divorce:

 

  1. Moses’ Reluctant Concession (v.31)

“…let him give her a writing of divorcement.” (cf. Deuteronomy 24:1)

  • Moses insisted that men give their ex-wives official written proof that they were divorced (cf. Matthew 19:7 –‘command’).
  • The reason for this concession: “…because of the hardness of your hearts” (Matthew 19:8).

 

  1. God’s Original Intention

Matthew 19:8b – “…but from the beginning it was not so.”

  • Divorce is contrary to God’s perfect will. (cf. Genesis 2:24; Malachi 2:14-16)
  • If a Christian couple has problems in their marriage, they must settle them by the grace with Christ gives.
  • If they come to the point of separating from each other, they should not divorce but keep themselves faithful to the marriage.

 

  1. Jesus’ Solitary Exception (v.32)

“…whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication…”

  • Unfaithfulness is the only legitimate grounds for divorce since it involves becoming one flesh with someone else.
  • However, it can be forgiven and the marriage can be saved.

 

“…and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.”  

  • This applies only to the guilty partner in a divorce that resulted from unfaithfulness.
  • If a Christian is divorced on illegitimate grounds he should keep the way open for the marriage to be restored.
  • If an unbelieving spouse insists on leaving, there is legitimate grounds for divorce and remarriage (1 Corinthians 7:12-14).

 

Questions for Personal Reflection:

  1. Why should you not marry an unbeliever?
  2. How can Christian couples build a strong marriage that glorifies God?
  3. If you are married, how can you keep on forgiving your spouse?

Vision & Mission

 

To build a united church family that is committed to making disciples through Salvation, Sanctification and Service, to the glory of God.

Verse for the Week

December 3 & 10 - Holy Living

Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 2 Peter 3:11