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Matthew 19:1 Divorce

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Divorce destroys families and affects little children. It was not in God’s plan. Does it affect you? It did me.

This is a Bible Study. Have your own Bible handy to look up the references mentioned.

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Matthew 19:1-15

1. “‘When Jesus had finished these sayings’—what sayings? The ones we have been considering in chapters 16-18.” (McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume IV. [Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983], 102)

2. “Jesus crossed to the east side of the Jordan River from Galilee, then proceeded south through Perea (east of Judea, across the Jordan), later crossing back to the west side of the Jordan near Jericho (see 20:29). This was the route most Jews followed between Judea and Galilee.” [Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber (2012). HNTC Vol. 01: Matthew. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]

3. “The wording reflects only a man’s perspective, since women were rarely if ever able to divorce in ancient Judaism.” (Blomberg, Craig L., The New American Commentary, Volume 22, Matthew. [Nashville: Broadman Press], 289)

Genesis

4. “Jesus goes beyond Deuteronomy and the Pharisees’ debate to a creation ordinance.” (Blomberg, 290)
See Deuteronomy 24:1-4; and Genesis 1:27

5. “Divorce was not in God’s original plan. Why? Because sin was not in God’s original plan, and divorce is always a result of sin.” (McGee, 103)

6. “This commandment affirms the sanctity of sex. God protects it, and God punishes when His law is violated.” (Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary New Testament Volume 1 Matthew-Galatians. [Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2004], 69)

7. “In the Old Testament context, the statements about a man giving his wife a certificate of divorce and sending her away were conditional statements, not commands as the Pharisees had quoted them.” [Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber (2012). HNTC Vol. 01: Matthew. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]

8. “From the beginning (see Matthew 19:4) indicates that God’s foundational purpose for marriage was that it be permanent between one man and one woman, and that purpose is not trumped by the allowance for divorce in Deuteronomy 24 when there is moral failure.” (The Moody Bible Commentary, The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, [Moody Publishers, Chicago, IL, 2014], 1488)

9. “Those who divorce and/or remarry on any ground must admit failure, repent of the sins that led to the dissolution of their marriage, and vow to remain faithful to any subsequent relationships.” (Blomberg, 293)

Disciples Reaction

10. “No matter how one interprets Jesus’ stance on divorce and remarriage, it was far stricter than the disciples (or anyone else) expected.” [Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber (2012). HNTC Vol. 01: Matthew. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]

11. “This refers to those who are enabled by God to remain single without giving in to sexual temptation. Such a disciplined calling is hard enough today, let alone in that culture in which marriage was considered a person’s obligation to family and society.” [Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber (2012). HNTC Vol. 01: Matthew. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]

12. “Jesus then acknowledged the various reasons that a person might be celibate.” [Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber (2012). HNTC Vol. 01: Matthew. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]

“Christian singles need much more support from their married friends and their churches, who must value them as equally significant members of the body of Christ.” (Blomberg, 294)

“Happy marriages are not accidents. They are the result of commitment, love, mutual understanding, sacrifice, and hard work.” (Wiersbe, 71)

Children

13. “The laying on of hands and the prayer mentioned here refer to the practice of holy men placing their blessing on individuals. It was assumed in that day that children were not as valuable as adults, so they were not important enough to take up Jesus’ time. The disciples rebuked those who brought them [Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber (2012). HNTC Vol. 01: Matthew. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]

14. “Jesus gave a reason for his desire to welcome the children. Such as these means ‘people of all ages who share the humility of a child’ (see 18:2-4). Jesus expressed a special welcome to those who come to him in simplicity, without prideful self-consciousness, whether they were children or adults (cf. 11:25-26).” [Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber (2012). HNTC Vol. 01: Matthew. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]

15. “It is very significant that Jesus ties together the subject of divorce and His loving concern for little children.” (McGee, 104)

We should made every effort to bring little children to Jesus!

References

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
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New American Standard Bible (NASB)
New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995, 2020 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved.

New King James Version (NKJV)
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

In this article Scripture quotations taken from KJV.

Blomberg, Craig L., The New American Commentary, Volume 22, Matthew. Nashville: Broadman Press
McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume IV. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983
The Moody Bible Commentary, The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, Moody Publishers, Chicago, IL, 2014
Robertson, A. T., A Harmony of the Gospels. New York, HarperCollins Publishers
Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary New Testament Volume 1 Matthew-Galatians. Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2004

 

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