Hello everyone, today I really enjoyed the sermon that our pastor preached on Marriage and Divorce; so I’m going to give you a short summary of what I got from his sermon.
He used Matthew 19:3-9 where the pharisees come to Jesus and ask him if divorce is allowed. However, as the pastor said, this was not a sincere question; the pharisees only said this to trap Jesus- as usual. But Jesus did not give a straight out yes or no, instead he brought the pharisees right back to the beginning with Adam and Eve. God has clearly told us that in marriage, two people become as one; this was and is God’s plan for marriage. So, Jesus told them, let no one separate what God has joined.
Yet this inspired another “question” from the pharisees: if this is so, then why did Moses issue a certificate of divorce. This, they thought, would surely stump Jesus and make him look like a fool, yet Jesus had an answer for this question as well: it was because of the hardness of their hearts that made Moses issue a certificate of divorce. Then Jesus goes on to say that anyone of divorces his wife, aside from sexual immorality is committing adultery. This shows us that the only exception to the rule is if a spouse is being unfaithful in the marriage and committing adultery in some way, shape, or form. (The only other exception to the rule, as the pastor pointed out, is if a husband and wife are believer and unbeliever, and the unbeliever leaves their spouse, both of them are free to remarry. 1 Corinthians 7)
But, the pastor said, because it is possible to divorce for such a reason as this does not mean that it is a necessity to divorce after something like this happens. Why? Because of Jesus! With Jesus and the gospel, any marriage is mend-able- any life is mend-able! The pastor illustrated this point by finishing with the story of the adulterous woman; none of the pharisees could justly throw a stone at her because none of them were sinless. And yet Jesus, who was the only one who could truly condemn her, showed her amazing grace.
– Charity Cleveland