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Summary: Message from the Sermon on the Mount dealing with Divorce

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Title: Sermon on the Mount: Jesus and Divorce

Theme: To answer some questions on divorce

Text: Matthew 5:31-32

Mt 5:31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: 32 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.

Stats on Divorce:

Today about one out of every two marriages end in divorce. 50%. The reasons vary from adultery, cruelty, desertion, incompatibility, fraudulent representation, misconduct, etc. It seems to be anyone can get a divorce no matter the cause

We see this even more prevalent in the celebrities. It is like a soap opera where people are being married five and six time and flaunting this proudly.

Matthew 19:1-9

1 Cor 7:1-2, 10-16

Fornication-marital unfaithfulness, adultery or anything of sexual immorality

Paul says in 1 Cor 7 that it is okay to divorce if one is disserted.

I. What constitutes a marriage?

1. legal law-marriage by a priest or state

2. sexual union 1 Cor 6:16

What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. (1 Corinthians 6:16 AV)

II. How long is a marriage contract? "till death breaks it" Matthew 19:6

And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. (Matthew 19:4-6 AV)

III. Is there any scriptural ground for divorce? Yes

Matthew 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 AV)

Mt 5:31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: 32 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.

III. What about abuse? If it is wrong to divorce except for fornication reasons what about someone who is abused or abandoned?

And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife. But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace. For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife? (1 Cor 7:10-16


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