SUNDAY January 28, 2018
God Hates Divorce
They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?” - Matthew 19:7
The Pharisees continued to question Jesus. If God did not want His people to divorce then, why did Moses give them a certificate of divorce, so they could put their wives away? The Lord revealed to them the reason; it was because of the hardness of their hearts: “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so” (Matthew 19:8).
A man was given a certificate of divorce because they were so stiff-necked. Notice how Jesus took them back to the beginning, back to Genesis, where God first established marriage. The Lord never intended for a man and women to be divorced.
It is important to understand, that God hates divorce. Malachi 2:16 tells us what God says about divorce:
“For the Lord God of Israel says that He hates divorce, for it covers one’s garment with violence,” Says the Lord of hosts. “Therefore take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously.”
Be careful not to be led by your own heart, or put yourself as a counselor in your own marriage. If you do not give God a chance to work in your marriage then you will reap the consequences. He gives to you His counsel from the Scriptures. Stick with what God tells you about marriage in His Word, as it is foundational for a marriage relationship to work.
Honestly, it is up to those who are married to obey the Scriptures. Once read; they are now responsible.
Divorce is always a bombshell. However much it has been anticipated and even thought through, it almost invariably turns out to be much harder for both partners than either ever imagined.
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