Jesus on divorce

The Pharisees asked Jesus whether it was lawful for a man to divorce his wife, and the Lord explained that from the beginning, He did not intend for divorce to be an option, although it was under the Law of Moses.

The disciples had the same question, and they asked Jesus about it, even after He had already explained it,

In the house His disciples also asked Him again about the same matter. So He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery” (Mark 10.10–12).

Jesus implanted in our thinking that divorce should not be an easy option to us. When you get married, He intends for it to be for life, that is how He created it.

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Don Ruhl

7 thoughts on “Jesus on divorce

    1. Where did I say the Bible says divorce is an easy option?

      Nowhere does the Bible say that divorce is an easy option, that is why I said, “Jesus implanted in our thinking that divorce should not be an easy option to us.”

      Man sees divorce as an option, whether easy or not, but the Lord does not want us to think that it is.

      1. I am sorry for the reply I made, I misread the article at first it appeared to me that your statement was that Jesus was giving an option instead of an exception. Thank you for the work you do in the Lord’s Kingdom.

  1. Could u comment on 1 Cor.7:11, some in the brotherhood is using this verse to justify an “unscriptural divorce.” If our Lord shared with us that he gave “one” reason for a divorce Matt.19:3-9, how can justify using 1 Cor.7:11? The teachings that I’m hearing is, the sin is not with the divorce, but only the remarriage, if the divorce was unscriptural not according to fornication. Please share your thoughts on this matter. God bless you all for what you do for the kingdom!!!

    1. Victor, First Corinthians 7.11 says, “But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife.” Matthew 19 gives one exception for divorce AND remarriage. In First Corinthians 7.11, Paul does not refer to the wife divorcing, but to departing merely. If reconciliation happens, it happens with her husband, but notice that Paul does not speak of them having to remarry one another, for they were still married. Therefore, Paul did not refer to divorce.

  2. Dear Bro.Don,

    Thank you so much for your immediate response and your clarification of 1 Cor.7:11. I am always, studying God’s word to “rightly divide the word of truth” (2 Tim.2:15). God’s marriage law is just to easy to study and defend. I pray that many will carefully read the comments that we are sharing on the subject of an “unscriptural divorce” (outside of the cause of fornication) is a sin, because:

    -1 Cor.7:11 does not sanction an “unscriptural divorce” despite the false doctrine, believed and taught that the sin is not in the divorce as long as you don’t remarry. God has never given a specific command “…let not the wife depart” (put asunder) and then sanctioned it’s transgression.

    -We need to be sure what we teach others is according to the “oracles of God” (1 Pet.4:11/James 3:1), if not we will be lost for teaching error and those who listen and follow will be lost as well.

    -an “unscriptural divorce” is something that God hates (Mal.2:15-16) and calls it unlawful outside of the cause of fornication (Matt.19:3-9).

    -an “unscriptural divorce” breaks our wedding vows that we all made before witnessess and for sure before God (Eccl.5:4-5), if we make the commitment to marry, we are expected to keep our word.

    -an “unscriptural divorce” puts asunder (Matt.19:6) what God (the architect of marriage Gen.2:21-24) joined together and the Lord said (Matt.19:6): “let “not” man put asunder.”

    Bro.Don keep me in your prayers, much sadness in my heart that I had to leave two congregations of the Lord’s church, because the elders of both congregations sought to follow their will (1 Cor.7:11) and not the Lord’s will (Mal.2:15-16; Eccl.5:4-5; Matt.19:3-9). (Ez.22:30): “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me…”

    If not the courage to stand (Phil.1:17), then the plight of many in the church of our Lord with the spirit of compromise:

    “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing!”

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