PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Matthew 5:31-32
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Makes her the victim of adultery.” (Matthew 5:31)
In Jesus’ day, divorce was a one-sided matter, only men divorced their wives.
They used Moses as an excuse (Deuteronomy 24:1-4), with no regard for their wives.
In that society divorced or widowed women were often poor and needy.
Jesus is primarily denouncing the men here, not the wives who were the victims.
Ever since the curse of Genesis 3, women (and children) have been treated poorly.
“Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” (Genesis 3:16)
This is not how it is supposed to be, this is the the result of sin!
Jesus is not giving legal definitions for when divorce or remarriage is permitted.
He is denouncing ‘disposable marriages’ and the damage they cause to others.
In my pastoral work, marriage and family issues are often behind many concerns.
Mental health, poverty, relational problems, anger, abuse, suicide…
Today marriage and family breakdown are more complicated, but just as damaging.
As Jesus followers we need to share His concern for the victims.
Instead of judging them, we need to show them hope, and offer them help.
Lord, how much misery we bring into the world because of broken marriages and families. Thank You for standing with and speaking for the victims!