Reflections on Divorce & Remarriage

Copyright May 10, 2002, Tim Arensmeier

 

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Matthew 5: (KJV):

31   It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:
32   But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

 

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Matthew 19

3   The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?
4   And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
5   And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
6   Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
7   They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?
8   He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
9   And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

 

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Mark 10

2   And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him.
3   And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you?
4   And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away.
5   And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.
6   But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.
7   For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;
8   And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.
9   What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
10   And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter.
11   And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.
12   And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.

 

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1 Corinthians 7
1   Now for the matters you wrote about: It is good for a man not to marry.
2   But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband.
3   The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband.
4   The wife's body does not belong to her alone but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband's body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife.
5   Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
6   I say this as a concession, not as a command.
7   I wish that all men were as I am. But each man has his own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that.
8   Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I am.
9   But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
10   To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband.
11   But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.
12   To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord): If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her.
13   And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him.
14   For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.
15   But if the unbeliever leaves, let him do so. A believing man or woman is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace.
16   How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or, how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?

 

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II Corinthians 6

14   Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?
15   What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?
16   What agreement is there between the
temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people."
17   "Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you."

18 "I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."

 

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Ephesians 5

21   Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
22   Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.
23   For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.
24   Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
25   Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her
26   to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,
27   and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
28   In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

 

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Malachi 2
1   "And now this admonition is for you, O priests.
2   If you do not listen, and if you do not set your heart to honor my name," says the LORD Almighty, "I will send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have already cursed them, because you have not set your heart to honor me.
3   "Because of you I will rebuke your descendants; I will spread on your faces the offal from your festival sacrifices, and you will be carried off with it.
4   And you will know that I have sent you this admonition so that my covenant with Levi may continue," says the LORD Almighty.
5   "My covenant was with him, a covenant of life and peace, and I gave them to him; this called for reverence and he revered me and stood in awe of my name.
6   True instruction was in his mouth and nothing false was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and turned many from sin.
7   "For the lips of a priest ought to preserve knowledge, and from his mouth men should seek instruction--because he is the messenger of the LORD Almighty.
8   But you have turned from the way and by your teaching have caused many to stumble; you have violated the covenant with Levi," says the LORD Almighty.
9   "So I have caused you to be despised and humiliated before all the people, because you have not followed my ways but have shown partiality in matters of the law."
10   Have we not all one Father? Did not one God create us? Why do we profane the covenant of our fathers by breaking faith with one another?
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Judah has broken faith. A detestable thing has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem: Judah has desecrated the sanctuary the LORD loves, by marrying the daughter of a foreign god.
12   As for the man who does this, whoever he may be, may the LORD cut him off from the tents of Jacob--even though he brings offerings to the LORD Almighty.
13   Another thing you do: You flood the LORD's altar with tears. You weep and wail because he no longer pays attention to your offerings or accepts them with pleasure from your hands.
14   You ask, "Why?" It is because the LORD is acting as the witness between you and the wife of your youth, because you have broken faith with her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant.
15   Has not [the LORD] made them one? In flesh and spirit they are his. And why one? Because he was seeking godly offspring. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith with the wife of your youth.
16   "I hate divorce," says the LORD God of
Israel, "and I hate a man's covering himself with violence as well as with his garment," says the LORD Almighty. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith.
17   You have wearied the LORD with your words. "How have we wearied him?" you ask. By saying, "All who do evil are good in the eyes of the LORD, and he is pleased with them" or "Where is the God of justice?"

 

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