#729 May 7, 1989 - PM
(Transcribed from actual tape)
ON THE BRINK OF DIVORCE
Our scripture tonight is March 10. Beginning with the second verse,
"And some Pharisees came up to Jesus, testing Him and began to
question Him; whether it was lawful for a man to divorce a wife.
[verse 3] And Jesus answered and said to them, 'What did Moses
command you?' [verse 43 And they said, 'Moses permitted a man
to write a certificate divorce and send her away.' [verse 5]
And Jesus said to them, 'Because of the hardness of your heart,
he wrote you this commandment. [verse 6] But from the beginning
of creation, God made them male and female. [verse 73 For this
cause shall a man leave his father and mother and the two shall
become one flesh. [verse 8] And consequently they are no longer
two, but one flesh. [verse 9] What therefore God has joined
together, let no man separate.' [verse 10] And in the house,
the disciples began questioning Him about this again. [verse 11]
And Jesus said to them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries
another woman, commits adultery against her. [verse 12] And if
she herself divorces her husband and marries another man, she is
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Now I've dealt with this passage many times and if you want to get an
exegetical view of it; there are all kind of tapes in our book store, that
will speak to the question, of marriage and divorce and remarriage. We've
talked about the grounds for divorce. Give us grounds for remarriage.
But I want to talk about tonight, not divorce. I think those who are
married, you need to begin right where you are. Those who are divorced,
you need to begin right where you are and do it this time. Live out your
life, this time, in the way God would have you to do it. Beginning where
Now, how did Jesus answer the questions of the Pharisees? First of all, He
ignored the controversy. Did you see that? He just ignored that part of
the question. Now it's smart to igno ...
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