Jesus' Teaching on Divorce

Posted on 08/21/16 by John Lindell in The Gospel of Mark: Servant King

In this message, Pastor John Lindell preaches an insightful word on “Jesus’ Teaching on Divorce” from Mark 10:1-12. Join us as we study scripture that gives wisdom on biblical marriage and divorce and how we can honor God and each other with our relationships. Our prayer is that this message encourages you to seek the Lord and gives you a greater understanding of Christian marriage and divorce.

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Jesus’ Teaching on Divorce

Mark 10:1 ESV
1And he left there and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan, and crowds gathered to him again. And again, as was his custom, he taught them.

Mark 10:2 ESV
2And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”

Mark 10:3 ESV
3He answered them, “What did Moses command you?”

Mark 10:4 ESV
4They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away.”

Malachi 2:13-16 NLT
13Here is another thing you do. You cover the lord’s altar with tears, weeping and groaning because he pays no attention to your offerings and doesn’t accept them with pleasure. 14You cry out, “Why doesn’t the lord accept my worship?” I’ll tell you why! Because the lord witnessed the vows you and your wife made when you were young. But you have been unfaithful to her, though she remained your faithful partner, the wife of your marriage vows. 15Didn’t the lord make you one with your wife? In body and spirit you are his. And what does he want? Godly children from your union. So guard your heart; remain loyal to the wife of your youth. 16“For I hate divorce!” says the lord, the God of Israel. “To divorce your wife is to overwhelm her with cruelty,” says the lord of Heaven’s Armies. “So guard your heart; do not be unfaithful to your wife.”

Mark 10:5 ESV
5And Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment.

1st – Marriage is one man and one woman

Mark 10:6 ESV
6But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’

2nd – Marriage is the uniting of two people

Mark 10:7-8 ESV
7‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, 8and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh.

Mark 10:8 ESV
8and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh.

3rd – Marriage is the work of God

Mark 10:9 ESV
9What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

Mark 10:9-12 MEV
9What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.” 10In the house His disciples asked Him concerning this matter again. 11He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her. 12And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

Romans 7:2-3 ESV
2For a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage. 3Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress.

Matthew 19:9 ESV
9And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.”

1 Corinthians 7:12-15 ESV
12To the rest I say (I, not the Lord) that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he should not divorce her. 13If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him. 14For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. 15But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases the brother or sister is not enslaved. God has called you to peace.