by Stan Coffey

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Is It Scriptural To Divorce And Remarry? (1 Of 18)
Series: Direct Answers to Difficult Questions
Dr. Stan Coffey
Is It Scriptural to Divorce and Remarry?
Matthew 19:1-9

INTRODUCTION: Is it scriptural to divorce and remarry? In the background of thisquestion there is considerable information that we need to consider. At the time thisquestion was being asked there were two schools of thought basically among the Jews.There was the Hillel school, led by a man by that name who said "Yes, divorce couldbe given for practically any cause." Then there was the school of Shammai which saiddivorce could be given and remarriage only for the cause of adultery. The reason fortheir disagreement was because of the interpretation of Deuteronomy 24:1. The schoolof Hillel interpreted the word "uncleaness" to mean almost anything while the schoolof Shammai said that uncleaness or indecency spoken of here is adultery. In verse 3the Pharisees were asking, do you take the position of Hillel or do you take the posi-tion of Shammai?

I. THE PLAN OF GOD - Genesis 2:21-24
A. God's original plan was one man for one woman for life
1. Woman was taken out of the side of man showing the absolute interdependence of man and woman for the continuance and happiness of the human race
2. God did not create a wife for modern man out of his side but his wife is just as much a part of him as Eve was a part of Adam
B. The highest expression of fulfillment is found in the statement "the two shall be one flesh" - Genesis 2:5 - This implies three aspects to marriage. This is important to understand, to understand the exception clause mentioned by Jesus regarding adultery
1. The physical aspect brought about by the consummation of marriage - vs. 5
2. The social aspect of union in marriage "for this cause shall a man leave father and mother and shall be glued to his wife" This speaks of a couple leaving their home and forming a new social union
3. The spiritual aspect - marriage is not only a soc ...

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