November 18, 1984
Confusion and criticism have surrounded the subject of divorce throughout time. Even the Pharisees asked, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” Jesus’ response remains unchangingly true: we cannot address divorce without first understanding the nature of marriage. Alistair Begg follows Jesus’ argument back to Genesis, where God established the creation ordinance of marriage as a permanent union. Our focus should remain on the institution and sanctity of marriage rather than the exception clauses.
1Now when Jesus had finished these sayings, he went away from Galilee and entered the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. 2And large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.
3And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one's wife for any cause?” 4He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” 7They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?” 8He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. 9And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.”1
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