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DougE
November 8th, 2017, 06:58 PM
Matthew 5:32

The following Biblical passages under consideration have been offered by some as grounds for divorce:

But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.
Matthew 5:32

This passage is explained by some as saying that if one of the marriage partners, in this case the wife, commits fornication, divorce is therefore sanctioned.
Divorce therefore is legal and biblically allowed only when there is fornication by one of the marriage partners.

Was The Lord Jesus really saying that it was all right to divorce under these circumstances?

My understanding of the passages does not uphold this view. I understand the passage as not providing substantiation for divorce, but rather, embellishing on the fact that divorce causes adultery.

I understand The Lord Jesus to be saying that if the wife who has committed fornication by having sexual relations with someone other than her husband is divorced; she can not be made to commit adultery by marrying someone else because she has already committed adultery.
Under any other circumstances a wife that is divorced by her husband and then marries someone else is caused to commit adultery.
Also whosoever she marries commits adultery with her.

Fornication is not an exemption that allows the dissolution of a marriage but rather, unless adultery was preexistent, remarriage after divorce causes adultery.

There is no ground for Biblical divorce; only death dissolves the marriage bond.

And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery:
Matthew 19:9

A cursory reading of this passage would lend to the interpretation that the husband who divorces his wife on the grounds of fornication would not commit adultery by remarriage. It would appear as though these circumstances would afford an approved divorce. This however is not the case, as the phrase (and shall marry another) applies to both the husband, and the wife.

The husband that (shall marry another) shall commit adultery because divorce does not dissolve marriage. The divorced wife that performed fornication while married, if she (shall marry another), can not commit adultery solely by this new marriage since she has already committed adultery.




And whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
Matthew 19:9

The next husband that marries the divorced wife is also caused to commit adultery.

Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.
Mark 10:11

And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeh adultery.
Mark 10:12

In these verses both the divorcing husband and wife are charged with adultery.
There is no mention of an exception.
Clearly if there was a mitigating factor, it has
no mention here.

Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.
Luke 16:18

Again there is no exception allowed in this passage to relieve the charge of adultery; whether husband or wife, if they divorce their spouse and marry another, they commit adultery.
Also, the new marriage partner of either husband or wife is likewise charged with committing adultery.

The only allowed Biblical sanction for remarriage is death:

Know ye not, brethren,(for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?
For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.
So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
Romans 7:1-3

The exhortation for us, is to take a higher view of marriage. To forgive and encourage people in pressing on from past divorces ; to embrace a new marriage and encourage them to hold that new marriage in high esteem.

What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.
Matthew 19:6

Jacob
November 8th, 2017, 07:08 PM
Shalom.

It is best to go with what the Bible says beginning with the Torah, always, in any and all circumstances.

Shalom.

Jacob

jamie
November 8th, 2017, 08:37 PM
Divorce is biblical. Christ divorced Israel because of Israel's unfaithfulness.

"Then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce" (Jeremiah 3:8)

We are betrothed to Jesus, but if we are unfaithful he will divorce us.

"Then Joseph her husband being a just man and not wanting to make her a public example was minded to put her away secretly." (Matthew 1:19)

But Mary had not been unfaithful and God intervened.

chair
November 8th, 2017, 11:27 PM
Matthew 5:32

The following Biblical passages under consideration have been offered by some as grounds for divorce:
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Did you really d all this without quoting the verses from the Old Testament?

DougE
November 9th, 2017, 10:33 PM
God made provision under the law for divorce. This was put in place because of the sinfulness of mankind.
Jesus explained why God allowed divorce.
19:8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. Matthew 19:8
Christ went on to say that whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery and causes his wife to also commit adultery, unless, the wife has already commited adultery thru fornication.
19:9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery. Matthew 19:9
The provision for divorce in Deuteronomy 24 permitted divorce if a woman commited uncleanness, which included adultery and fornication. Verse 2 even allows a wife who is divorced to remarry. In Luke 16:18 the new husband who would marry the wife that was divorced would be commiting adultery.
24:1 When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favor in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.

24:2 And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man's wife.

24:3 And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, which took her to be his wife;

24:4 Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the LORD: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance. Deuteronomy 24:1-4
Christ was not applying Deuteronomy 24 in allowing divorce because the wife commited fornication in Matthew 19. Rather than sanctioning divorce, He was detailing the consequences of divorce. Divorce compounds and generates adultery.
Both Deuteronomy 24:4 and Jeremiah 3:1 prohibit taking a wife back again after divorcing her.
3:1 They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man's, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD. Jeremiah 3:1
God gave Israel a bill of divorce because of her unfaithfulness. I see the main emphasis in Jeremiah 3:1 as not being the fact that he divorced Israel, but rather that thru grace and mercy He took her back, which was prohibited.
3:8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also. Jeremiah 3:8
It should be noted that in Jeremiah 3:14 God says he is married to the backsliding children. He will fulfill his promises and covenant to Israel.
3:14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion: Jeremiah 3:14
It must be noted that all of this is under the law.
7:1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? Romans 7:1

The Body of Christ, the church, is not under the law but under grace. Love fulfills the law. Love does not commit adultery. Love does not initiate divorce. Love bears all things. Love causes no harm. Love extends to people who fail, who divorce. Love encourages faithfulness in a new marriage of divorced people.
We love because He loved us.
If you don't know this love, believe the gospel:
This is the gospel by which we are saved.
15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
1 Corinthians 15
We are all sinners who can not save ourselves.
Christ died for our sins; He was our substitute, He paid the full penalty and debt for our sin by his blood sacrifice.
He was buried.
He rose again for our justification and forgiveness of all our sin. He gives us His righteousness and eternal life.
All we have to do is believe the gospel.


This is the gospel by which we are saved.
15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
1 Corinthians 15
We are all sinners who can not save ourselves.
Christ died for our sins; He was our substitute, He paid the full penalty and debt for our sin by his blood sacrifice.
He was buried.
He rose again for our justification and forgiveness of all our sin. He gives us His righteousness and eternal life.
All we have to do is believe the gospel.