Divorce is such a tough, sticky subject. Every one of us has dealt with it on some level either in our own relationships, in our family, or in the lives of close friends. It hurts. Most of all, it saddens the heart of God.
In Matthew 19, the Pharisees desired to trap Jesus into contradicting in His own teachings, and apparently they though the subject of divorce would be extra tricky. What a display of arrogance! They were addressing the very God of the universe who promised to redeem His harlot Bride (us, the Church) regardless of all she had done against Him, and they want to win an argument about divorce? If anyone has ever had a right to divorce, it is God. He is holy, perfect, and pure. He relentlessly pursues His Bride and how do we respond? With sin, disobedience, and adultery. Wrong choice, Pharisees.
Jesus sternly reminded them of God’s perfect plan for marriage. Marriage = one man & one woman, committed for a lifetime.
He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” Matthew 19:4-6 ESV
“But what about Moses? He said it’s fine in some situations. Are you against Moses?”
He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. Matthew 19:8 ESV
If you are reading this today and you are married, stay committed to God’s plan in verses 4-6. Do whatever it takes to make it work. Remember the covenant you made before God. Husbands: love your wives. Wives: respect and submit to your husband’s leadership. Do life God’s way.
If you are reading this today and you have been divorced, let the loving arms of the Savior wrap around you. Let Him heal the wounds that divorce has left behind. Trust what the Lord said in Psalm 3:3.
For all of us today: stop and pray for someone you know who has been through a divorce. Whether it seemed “mutual” or not, whether it was hateful and ugly or “clean and easy”, it has left a scar. Pray that they would draw near to Christ. Pray that they would turn to Jehovah-Rapha, the God who heals.
By: Todd Thomas