Posts Tagged ‘Jesus on marriage and divorce’

Luke 16:18 Divorce & Remarriage

Only God can restore the broken

Only God can restore the broken

The section we are looking at today is very short and not so sweet. Luke shares with us a very condensed account of Jesus’ teaching on divorce and remarriage. It is abbreviated but shares exactly the same message as the other gospels. Don’t get divorced, and if you do don’t get remarried.

I was wondering why Luke put this topic here, since his writings seem to be topical instead of chronological. When thinking through the possible reasons, I noted that Luke had just shared Jesus’ words about the Law being completely fulfilled. Maybe it is here because divorce and remarriage is an important part of the Law. Jesus was sharing what God’s original intent was for marriage and what the Law calls for. Read more »

Matthew 19:1-12 Jesus Addresses Marriage and Divorce

Two become one

Two become one

Jesus has finally finished His private teaching with His disciples in Capernaum. It’s time to head out again and be about the Father’s work with the rest of the people. Jesus and His disciples left Galilee and went to the region of Judea, beyond the Jordan. As expected, large crowds followed Him on this journey. He healed everyone who came to Him along the way.

When we get to where Jesus is going, some of our favorite pains in the neck show up. Surprise! The Pharisees have arrived. This time they bring up the topic of divorce. And of course they are here to test Jesus. If any of these Pharisees had been on the mountaintop when Jesus taught, beginning with the Beatitudes, they would already know the answer. Maybe they thought His answer would have evolved over time. Let’s jump into our scene with Jesus and see how He handles this group.

Jesus is standing in the middle of a crowd of people on the bank of the Jordan. He just finished healing a woman with a withered arm when a group of five Pharisees start pushing their way into the center of the crowd. Jesus notices them coming, but takes a few more minutes to talk to the woman and tell her how valuable she is to God. Read more »