Teaching About Divorce
1 Now when Jesus had finished these sayings, he went away from Galilee and entered the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. 2 And large crowds followed him, and he healed them there. 3 And 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, 5 and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” 7 They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?” 8 He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. 9 And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.” 10 The disciples said to him, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.” 11 But he said to them, “Not everyone can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given. 12 For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let the one who is able to receive this receive it.”
Let the Children Come to Me
13 Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, 14 but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” 15 And he laid his hands on them and went away.
Real Life Teachings
1. Marriage is Sacred
a. God intends marriage to be permanent
b. God invented marriage, and gave it as a gift
c. God created marriage to be between a man and a woman
d. Marriage is intended to be a picture of the relationship between Christ and the Church.
2. Divorce is painful
a. You cannot separate what God joined together without much pain.
b. Divorce is allowed, but there is always a huge cost.
c. What causes divorce?: Sin
3. God’s Grace is Enough
a. Marriage and a message on Marriage better be heavy on Grace:
b. A message of divorce had also better be heavy on grace
c. 1 John 1:9 Says: If you confess your sin, HE is faithful and just to forgive you and cleanse you from all unrighteousness.
d. Jesus did not relax the standards for us to be blessed: He fulfilled the standards so that we are blessed: And none of us meet the standard!