On Marriage and Divorce by Jesse Hendley

On Marriage and Divorce
Jesse M. Hendley
Matthew 5:31

A lady who listens to this broadcast writes, "I know the Bible teaches that unfaithfulness is valid grounds for divorce, but what does it mean when it says that whosoever marrieth her who is put away doth commit adultery? The way I understand it is that if I remarry, the one I marry would be committing adultery since I am put away."

Now, she is referring there to Jesus' words in Matthew 5:31, where our Lord is quoting Moses: "Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement. But I say unto you, Whosoever putteth away his wife, except on account of fornication, maketh her to commit adultery." And then He gives the passage this lady is talking about: "Whosoever marrieth her that is put away committeth adultery."

Now remember, you have to consider what the Lord FIRST SAYS, before you can consider what He says SECONDLY, referring to it. Jesus said, "Whosoever putteth away his wife, except on account of fornication maketh her to commit adultery." Obviously, what He is saying is very plain. Where there is fornication, the innocent divorced party, when remarried, does not commit adultery.Jesus says, "EXCEPT on account of fornication." When a man puts away his wife, and she remarries, if there was no fornication involved, then she is living in a state of adultery. If fornication was involved, and she remarries, and she is the innocent party, then she is not living in a state of adultery. That is as plain as it can be. That's what the Lord is saying. He says, "EXCEPT for fornication."

So the last clause here has to be interpreted in the light of that fact. It is clear here from the Lord Jesus that when divorce comes, the innocent party when remarrying, does not commit adultery.

GOD'S IDEAL is one man for one woman, living in peace in the home. We found that Jesus says that UNFAITHFULNESS (He says it twice in Matthew) BREAKS UP a marriage in that it causes the wreckage of it. ...


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