by Stan Coffey

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Is It Scriptural To Divorce And Remarry? (7 Of 26)
Series: Issues of the 90's
Matthew 19:1-9

INTRODUCTION: Is it scriptural to divorce and remarry? In the background of this question there is considerable information that we need to consider. At the time this question 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 could be given for practically any cause." Then there was the school of Shammai which said divorce could be given and remarriage-only for the cause of adultery. The reason for their disagreement was because of the interpretation of Deuteronomy 24:1. The school of Shammai said that uncleaness or indecency spoken of here is adultery. In verse 3 the Pharisees were asking, do you take the position of Hillel or do you take the position of Shammai?

I. THE PLAN OF GOD - Genesis 2:21-24
A. God's original plan was one man for one woman for life
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 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 social contract but a spiritual contract "they are no more twain but one flesh, what therefore God has joined together let not man put asunder."

II. THE PERMISSION OF MOSES - Matthew 19:7 - "Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?"
A. The Pharisees misquote Moses. Moses did not command a writing of divorce men he only gave instructions in the event one occurred
B. Moses permitted divorce only because ...

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