January 5, 2020 SermonRBC
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Scripture Reading: Genesis 2

Matthew 14:3-8

For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife.4 For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her.5 And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.6 But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod.7 Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask.8 And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist's head in a charger.


There are several things going on with Herod’s marriage issues. One of them

John was publicly critical of Herod’s divorce and remarriage to his brother’s ex-wife Herodias — an action that violated Israel’s law.

Your particular situation does not change what God says about marriage and divorce.

Matthew 5:31-32

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.


Fornication—porneia—any sexual perversion but especially in this case adultery.

Cause—Jews allowed it for any cause that displeased the husband. Jesus limits the reasons for divorce; this is not an expansion of limits.

--guys divorced wives to get a new one, Jesus calls this adultery while they did it to escape, in their minds, committing adultery. 

Mark 10:2-9

And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him.3 And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you?4 And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away.5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.


Moses—Pharisees quoting Moses. Jesus also quotes Moses!

Hardness of heart—your inability to keep common sense creation rules right.

Shall be one—which does away with polygamy, homosexuality, and divorce.

Joined together—not by power vested in the church, but by the sexual union.


Mark 10:10-12

And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter. 11 And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.12 And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.


Based on being one—if one member commits adultery and both are one, then both committed adultery.

1 Corinthians 7:10-11

And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband:11 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 the Lord—Jesus already talked about this, you don’t need Paul to figure this out!
Remain unmarried—don’t compound one sin with another one, Remarriage is adultery.

Reconciled—hold out hope the marriage can be restored.

1 Corinthians 7:12-16

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.13 And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.14 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.15 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.16 For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?


To the rest—speaking to unbelievers in a marriage, previous commands only apply to believers. Marriage is picture of Gospel—Ephesians 5. Only believers care about this.

Not the Lord—Jesus never said this part. Not an argument about inspiration.

Not put away—a belilever does not divorce an ubeliever for the sake of their unbelief.

Sanctified—the believer is not made unclean, the unbeliever is made clean potentially, and therefore unbelief is no reason for divorce. Not saved but related to what purifies.

Bondage—if the unbeliever departs, let them depart—marriage is not slavery that must be kept by every believer no matter what. Not is sticking with an unbeliever a denial fo the faith. Fatih does not bind a married person to divorce or stay married.

Peace—if the unbeliever wants to stay, let em stay. If they want to leave, let em leave.