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The Final Authority on Divorce (13 of 21)
Series: The Sermon on the Mount
Matthew 5:31, 32
INTRODUCTION: Last week we had looked (vv. 27-30), with the Lord's warning about wandering eyes. He said that to look upon a woman and lust after her is the same is if a man had committed adultery in his heart.
In the following two verses, he goes on to say that it would be better to pluck out the offending eye, rather than for it to cause one to die and go to hell. Of course, cutting off the hand or plucking out the eye is only figurative, and not literal. It simply expresses the serious nature of the offence. Chances are; the man who commits adultery is most-likely unsaved, and the act of adultery is evidence that he's not.
We are reminded of 1 Cor. 6:9-11, Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. This evening our lesson picks up with the Lord's comments on the subject of divorce.
I. ADDRESSING THE SUBJECT
A. Jewish background
1. There were considerable differences of opinion among the Jews as to what constituted a justifiable reason for divorce. One opinion was that the husband was able to put his wife away for any reason. It didn't make any difference what the issue was; maybe she burned the toast or forgot to bring in the paper. Another position was that only adultery could justify a man putting away his wife.
ILLUS: According to Jewish custom today, a man may divorce his wife by initiating and giving what is called a get. It is a legal document granting divorce to both parties.
1. Each party acknowledges th ...
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