Divorce and remarriage

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There are rules for divorce and remarriage


Matthew 19:8-9 –  8 He answered, “Moshe allowed you to divorce your wives because your hearts are so hardened. But this is not how it was at the beginning. Now what I say to you is that whoever divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery!”


1 Corinthians 7:10-11 – 10 To those who are married I have a command, and it is not from me but from the Lord: a woman is not to separate herself from her husband 11 But if she does separate herself, she is to remain single or be reconciled with her husband. Also, a husband is not to leave his wife.     

Clear and simple


So, God says that divorce was made because of the sinful nature of man (humanity). Although the people kept being sinful, wronging God, He made every effort to point help us. One of those things can be seen in divorce. It’s set under certain rules, or conditions so to say.

It’s mostly there to stop people to profane themselves. Unclean things, should be cast out of our lives. Therefore divorce is allowed to be saved from such things. God doesn’t like divorce, but also doesn’t like people being profaned. So you should make choices based of God, before you marry, and live in God after you marry a person.


Sexual immorality


Matthew 5:32 – But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery. 


This is pretty clear. There isn’t much to say or add to this. God put it right there in plain , clear speech as always. No divorcing for no reason, other than what’s stated, and no marrying a divorced woman. That’s it. Simple.


Mark 10:10-12 10 And in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 11 And he said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her, 12 and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”


For the protection from the devil, and temptations of ourselves and those made upon us from the evil there is this:

1Corinthians 7:1-7 Now to deal with the questions you wrote about: “Is it good for a man to keep away from women?” Well, because of the danger of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife and each woman her own husband. The husband should give his wife what she is entitled to in the marriage relationship, and the wife should do the same for her husband. The wife is not in charge of her own body, but her husband is; likewise, the husband is not in charge of his own body, but his wife is. Do not deprive each other, except for a limited time, by mutual agreement, and then only so as to have extra time for prayer; but afterwards, come together again. Otherwise, because of your lack of self-control, you may succumb to the Adversary’s temptation. I am giving you this as a suggestion, not as a command. Actually, I wish everyone were like me; but each has his own gift from God, one this, another that.


Unbelievers / Infidels

If we have a situation where one of the two in a marriage is an unbeliever, God has spoken on these matters as well through his prophets and apostles who wrote it down. In this case they can still stay together. Although if one of them leaves the other faithful one, and separate themselves. That other one isn’t held in sin because of it.


Right way has been revealed on this matter as well

1 Corinthians 7:12-16 12 To the rest I say — I, not the Lord: if any brother has a wife who is not a believer, and she is satisfied to go on living with him, he should not leave her. 13 Also, if any woman has an unbelieving husband who is satisfied to go on living with her, she is not to leave him. 14 For the unbelieving husband has been set aside for God by the wife, and the unbelieving wife has been set aside for God by the brother — otherwise your children would be “unclean,” but as it is, they are set aside for God. 15 But if the unbelieving spouse separates himself, let him be separated. In circumstances like these, the brother or sister is not enslaved — God has called you to a life of peace. 16 For how do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?

So there you go. Once again, it’s very simple. You should just obey these words and they are good for you.


Death of a spouse


Isn’t actually like a divorce, but it frees the spouse from the marriage obligation. It is written:

Romans 7:1-3 Surely you know, brothers — for I am speaking to those who understand Torah — that the Torah has authority over a person only so long as he lives? For example, a married woman is bound by Torah to her husband while he is alive; but if the husband dies, she is released from the part of the Torah that deals with husbands. Therefore, while the husband is alive, she will be called an adulteress if she marries another man; but if the husband dies, she is free from that part of the Torah; so that if she marries another man, she is not an adulteress.


God hates bad things


So therefore God says that he hates divorce. Of course it is done when something goes bad, or the huge mistake was made by the two and so on. Do not break faith he says and deal treacherously.

10 Don’t we all have the same father?
Didn’t one God create us all?
Then why do we break faith with each other,
profaning the covenant of our ancestors?
11 Y’hudah has broken faith;
an abomination has been committed
in Isra’el and Yerushalayim.
For Y’hudah has profaned the sanctuary
of Adonai, which he loves,
by marrying the daughter of a foreign god.
12 If a man does this and presents an offering
to Adonai-Tzva’ot, may Adonai cut him off
from the tents of Ya‘akov,
whether initiator or follower.

13 Here is something else you do:
you cover Adonai’s altar with tears,
with weeping and with sighing,
because he no longer looks at the offering
or receives your gift with favor.
14 Nevertheless, you ask, “Why is this?”
Because Adonai is witness
between you and the wife of your youth
that you have broken faith with her,
though she is your companion, your wife by covenant.
15 And hasn’t he made [them] one [flesh]
in order to have spiritual blood-relatives?
For what the one [flesh] seeks
is a seed from God.
Therefore, take heed to your spirit,
and don’t break faith with the wife of your youth.

16 “For I hate divorce,”
says Adonai the God of Isra’el,
“and him who covers his clothing with violence,”
says Adonai-Tzva’ot.
Therefore take heed to your spirit,
and don’t break faith.

-Malachi 2:16

Be diligent

You can see how this is also a symbol of faith in God, and how the salvation works. Marriage is also a representation of us (Messianic community or Christians) being in Yeshua the Lord as our High Priest and Savior. It has a profound effect. As one saying goes: Bible has 70 faces. These are exactly these things what it means. God in His majestic and perfect plan made all of these things relatable. So that’s why he says that the creation itself testifies about Him.

So He gave us all the rules, commands and we now know how to follow the Way. If you’re still not saved in the Yeshua the Messiah, it is good for you to still live by this anyway, and seek faith in salvation. Only through Yeshua The Messiah, because it’s the only way.


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