How does Jesus interpret divorce?
This topic is divorce in the Bible and how Jesus interpreted them. Today, I will focus on the phrase, primarily Deuteronomy :1 through verse 4.
The Gospel of Matthew, the Gospel of Mark, and the Gospel of Luke of the New Testament contain the arguments between Jesus and the Pharisees over this word.
Pharisees ask Jesus about divorce issues in Deuteronomy, verses 1 to 4. The following are Deuteronomy chapters 24 verses from 1 to 4.
If a man marries a woman who becomes displeasing to him because he finds something indecent about her, writes her a certificate of divorce, gives it to her, and sends her from his house, and if after she leaves his home, she becomes the wife of another man. Her second husband dislikes her and writes her a certificate of divorce, gives it to her, and sends her from his house, or if he dies, her first husband, who divorced her, is not allowed to marry her again after she has been defiled. That would be detestable in the eyes of the Lord. Do not bring sin upon the land the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance.
Three points in the divorce Jesus said.
The following three points can be inferred from these four verses, says Jay E Adams.
- First, the Constitution recognizes the legal process of identifying and regulating divorce as simply existing.
- Second. comitology does not institutionalize divorce. I don’t allow divorce for reasons other than adultery.
- Third. comitology does not encourage divorce to be made easier. The whole point of the passage was to prevent a hasty divorce by making it clear that remarrying someone else after the divorce would be an irreversible situation.
Therefore, Deuteronomy, verses one to4, intends to acknowledge divorce but regulate it. Moses tried to prevent indiscriminate divorce and remarriage in the neighboring religions.
One reason the Bible says you can’t remarry.
This is the emphasis that this says.
You can’t marry your ex-husband again after your wife remarries.
The Bible says she should not remarry her first husband because her second marriage has already defiled her.
The important thing here is that my wife was tainted by a second marriage, not a second divorce. Even if the wife was free from her second husband due to death, not divorce, she could not reunite with her first husband because my wife is already dirty.
My wife says she is dirty because she broke her marriage vows rather than have sex with a second man. Her second marriage and sexual intercourse tainted the wife through a guilty divorce.
The second marriage was also a sin because the divorce was unjustifiable. Jesus says this in the New Testament.
When Jesus told his divorced wife that he had committed adultery, Jesus spoke of a divorced and remarried wife like the wife in Deuteronomy.
Jesus said that if there is any other reason for adultery, like the wife in Chapter 2 if the wife is divorced and if the wife marries another man, she committed adultery through a divorce.
Jesus tried to correct the Pharisees’ misconception about divorce. Jesus’ teaching did not interpret the Old Testament differently but made the Old Testament clearer.
By comparison, Pharisees were focusing on something completely different. They were not interested in God’s will; they were only interested in profit. We are now learning what the Bible says about marriage, divorce, and remarriage.
Studying divorce to enhance understanding of marriage
If you know marriage, you can understand divorce better. On the other hand, understanding divorce can help you understand marriage better.
There is one thing that the prophet of the Old Testament or Jesus of the New Testament wanted. God’s child cherished and wanted to keep his marriage covenant.
Hebrews 13:4 says the following.
Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.Hebrews 13:4
How To Apply the Bible In Your Life?
Hello. This is O Favored One.
We are studying biblical marriage, divorce, and remarriage. Because divorce and remarriage of Christians are not taught much in the church.
Christians think they should not get divorced, and even if they get divorced, they should not get remarried.
When asked why Christians should not divorce or remarry, Christians say they should not divorce or remarry.
Divorced Christians who are criticized
Sometimes they criticize Christians who are divorced or remarried. They believe it is biblical. They believe they have biblical ideas. But the reason they think so is that they know the Bible wrong.
Their thoughts are not biblical at all. That’s because they misunderstood the Bible. Many people misunderstand. They think it’s biblical to quote a Bible verse.
No. That’s not true. You mentioned your argument that quoting a Bible passage doesn’t mean your idea is biblical.
Can I tell you the reason? That’s because the knowledge of the Bible you know is highly marginal. One of the people who watched my video left a comment.
Mark chapter 10, verses 11 to 12. Let me read you the Bible.
He answered, “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery.”
What does Jesus think about divorce?
That’s what Jesus said. I will explain this phrase in detail later. I commented on the words of Matthew 1:5 and 6.
Salmon was the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz, the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed, the father of Jesse; And Jesse, the father of King David. David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife.
In other words, there are two remarried women in Jesus’genealogy. It is the wrong way to select a particular Bible verse and apply it to the problem without looking at the background or context of the Bible.
Note when interpreting the Bible
Let’s say, for example, that you read a book by a French writer translated into English. There are 14 tenses and six persons in French, and basically, you have to memorize 74 verb changes so that you can freely use the verb corresponding to the English and understand the meaning.
English is less tense than French, so no matter how good a translator can’t translate a French book into English perfectly, and even if a reader reads a French book, they don’t understand it enough. The Bible is no exception.
The Old Testament in the Bible was written in Israel; the New Testament in Greek was written thousands of years ago.
Many Christians blame divorced or remarried Christians based on their understanding of the Bible. They misunderstand that they understand the Bible and say it is biblical. But no, not at all. Their understanding of the Bible is not enough.
At least if they don’t know Israeli or Greek, they should read Bible theology or Bible doctrines. It is not right to justify their claim by quoting only Bible passages without an accurate understanding of the background of the Bible. Pastor Martin Lloyd Jones said:
In the Bible, there is the heart of God. We must find it in the Bible, just passing superficially; we cannot imagine having a book other than the Bible. It can never be. The Bible is full of God’s righteousness and abundance, glory, and wisdom. The Christian is a man who, in that sense, wants to understand the Bible, and he does not want to have superficial and academic knowledge.
Martin Luther states in the preface to his book. The first thing you need is to learn Bible terms. We need to know what the apostle Paul means through such words as law, sin, grace, faith, righteousness, body, and soul. We will only waste time reading without such knowledge.
You shouldn’t understand the term “law” in an ordinary sense, what actions are allowed or forbidden, even though it corresponds to customary laws, by doing what you’re ordering them to do, even if you don’t obey it from your mind.
This is what Luther is talking about.
To understand the words written in the Bible, you need to know the meaning of the words used when the Bible was written.
There’s a word used to denounce divorced or remarried women: adultery, fornication. In Luther’s words, we need to understand how adultery and fornication were used differently when Jesus lived.
Therefore, judging someone by quoting a phrase or two from the Bible is wrong. Because you don’t know the Bible correctly.
Reading, understanding, and applying the Bible is another matter. Although you read and understood the Bible, your understanding may be wrong.
It is an error to apply your life through a wrong understanding of the Bible and apply it to other people’s lives. So you need background knowledge to read the Bible.
Christians should be wary of those who recommend reading only the Bible, and Christians should be careful of Christians who read only the Bible.
What did Jesus say about divorce?
What did Jesus say about divorce? Today, we will have time to find out what Jesus said about divorce.
In Mark 10:11, Jesus says as follows.
He answered, “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her.
Theologist Craig S. Keener says divorce is not a crime without victims. Jesus says he pointed out that this behavior is wrong because divorce harms the innocent spouse.
In the culture where Jesus lived, the wife could be divorced for almost any reason. Once the wife got divorced, she had little financial support. The divorce culture at that time made the damage of divorce even worse.
Jesus certainly opposed divorce. Jesus is opposed to divorce because it is a violation of the covenant, because it hurts our innocent spouse and because it is bad for our spouses and children, for society, and for, ourselves.
But Jesus does not disadvantage those who suffer from divorce. At least in chapter 10 of the Gospel of Mark, Jesus defends divorced people against his will.
What this means is to prohibit breaking one’s marriage, not asking people who are already divorced to live single forever, argues Dr. Keener.
Jesus’ teachings take the inscrutableness of marriage for granted. This is the context of the words from Mark 10:11 to 12. It is to admit that marriage cannot be existentially dismantled.
The reason why Christians think a Christian’s remarriage is adultery is that God believes that the divorced person is still married to his or her spouse in the past.
If a spouse commits adultery, Jesus has allowed a divorce, which means that the innocent spouse must be allowed to remarry thereafter.
No law allows remarriage without a legitimate divorce. On the contrary, a legally valid divorce should be given the freedom to remarry.
Like this, the Bible interprets marriage, divorce, and remarriage from a different perspective for each theologian.
Therefore, it is not right to see divorce and remarriage of Christians as only one criterion. Especially in modern times, there are more complex relationships than in the times when the Bible was written.
The Bible says that the various marriages and divorces and remarriage experienced by modern Christians are more complicated than the times Jesus lived in, and what are the boundaries if we allow Christian divorce and remarriage?
What’s the Biblical Divorce?
What’s biblical divorce?
Hello everyone. This is O Favored One.
We’ve been learning what biblical divorce is since the last video. The reason why we learn about biblical divorce is that many Christians are struggling with divorce. The church doesn’t even tell us that there is a biblical divorce. Christians do not think of a legal divorce due to their family or church atmosphere, and they are living a difficult marriage.
In a 2017 survey, evangelical Christians had a slightly higher marriage rate than other Christians and ordinary people, but the divorce rate was the same at 25 percent. COVID-19 can lead to higher divorce rates as couples spend more time together, turning families into hell.
What we need to know is that God allows divorce
What we need to know is that God allows divorce. Divorce existed even before God gave Moses the law. So God admitted divorce as a system, but God did not make divorce. The Bible admits but restricts human-made divorce systems.
God did not ignore divorce and did not deny the divorce. God admitted divorce and spoke precisely about divorce.
First, there were conditions for divorce.
Second, divorce should be carried out in an orderly manner. Third, a divorcing couple should know the result of the divorce.
Like this, God admits divorce but regulates it. Therefore, the church or Christians should follow God’s will. May I tell you a surprising fact? The Bible talks more about divorce processes than engagement or marriage. There is a good divorce. Such a divorce was a formal and legitimate act that nullified and dismantled the partnership covenant. Deuteronomy Chapter 24, verses 1 to 4
If a man marries a woman who becomes displeasing to him because he finds something indecent about her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce, gives it to her, and sends her from his house, and if after she leaves his home, she becomes the wife of another man. Her second husband dislikes her and writes her a certificate of divorce, gives it to her, and sends her from his house, or if he dies, her first husband, who divorced her, is not allowed to marry her again after she has been defiled. That would be detestable in the eyes of the Lord. Do not bring sin upon the land the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance.
Something you can learn from this Bible about the divorce
There’s something you can learn from this Bible.
First, there was a divorce certificate written on paper.
Divorce wasn’t just about saying, “Let’s get divorced.”. The divorcing couple had to document according to their form. Writing divorce papers made divorce legal. The divorce certificate required the witness’s signature. The divorce papers protected the divorced woman from future accusations and misunderstandings. The couple would have been prudent in writing the divorce papers. This tells us that divorce was not a momentary emotion but a decision made after deep thought.
Second, the divorcee must write a divorce certificate to the other party.
The divorcing person had to write a divorce certificate and give it to another person.
Third, divorced people must be sent home.
Divorced people have to leave their homes. As the couple leaves their home, the actual marital relationship breaks up. At that time, people got divorced through this process. God hates divorce. God did not institutionalize divorce. However, God has admitted and regulated divorce only under biblically defined circumstances.
Not every divorce is a sin
Not every divorce is a sin. There are good divorces. God allowed divorce within specific rules. There was a legal cause for divorce. Even if all divorces result from sin, not all divorces are sins.
Just as God intervened in the couple’s divorce process, the church should also intervene in the couple’s divorce process. Every legal effort must get people thinking of alternatives and contemplating divorce. And we need to help divorced people reconcile with each other before they remarry.
The SEPARATION does not keep A Christian marriage
We learned that marriage is a covenant of partnership. If marriage is a covenant of partnership, divorce breaks the covenant of that partnership. Divorce eliminates the obligation of a partner to have a marital relationship with another person. Divorce is biblical as well as marriage.
On the contrary, there are ways to solve problems that are not biblical. That’s Separation. Separation is not biblical. Separation is a human way. The solution God has given to Christians is reconciliation or divorce. Separation is not God’s way. Separation doesn’t solve the problem.
The problem has to be solved face to face. Avoiding problems without facing them is more painful. There is no way to solve the problem in the world, so people choose separation. Separation results in the most significant destruction of peace given by God. Christians do not divorce and live apart. The peace you feel during your separation is fake.
It’s just a feeling that you’re out of trouble that has troubled you before. Separation takes away the opportunity to solve the problem and increases the likelihood that couples will commit crimes against temptation. Separation is just a means to escape the problem instead of solving it in God’s way.
Separation separates the two from each other and makes the problem bigger. For Christians, reconciliation or divorce. There are only two options. Christian couples must choose between reconciliation or divorce. Separation is not a biblical solution.
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