SATURDAY January 27, 2018
Testing the Lord
The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?” - Matthew 19:3
When the Pharisees came to Jesus they were testing Him and acting very self-righteous. Interestingly, these Pharisees would divorce their wives for any little thing. If there was too much or too little salt on their meat; then they would get a written divorcement! Can you believe that?
Jesus took the Pharisees back to the Word of God and said:
“Have you not read that He who madethem at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate”(Matthew 19:4-6).
In His answer, the Lord took them back to the book of Genesis, before the Law was even written! Jesus quoted from Genesis 2:5, 24. There are some people who would argue that we should not accept anything written in the Bible, before the Law, in the book of Exodus. If that was true then why were these Scriptures in Genesis quoted by the Lord in the New Testament? Even Paul, in Ephesians 5:31, when he taught on marriage also went back to Genesis 2:24. I love it!
How many times do married couples test the Lord too? Think about all the hypocrisy in Christian marriages when they are acting like the Pharisees––self-righteous.In church everything looks good, but at home they are arguing and yelling at each other in front of their children. Then, the children will not respect their parents because of their hypocrisy. The parents have a poor testimony in their home and that is often why their children rebel.
A man who does not practice what he preaches
destroys what he builds.
For more from Raul Ries, please visit Somebodylovesyouradio.org!