PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Matthew 19:1-9
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard.” (Matthew 19:8)
Jesus explains that what Moses wrote was not God’s eternal will.
“But it was not this way from the beginning.” (Matthew 19:8)
In other words, not everything in the bible is God’s eternal will!!!
Moses’s Law was written with sinners in mind, to accommodate their hardened hearts.
This makes me VERY cautious when I interpret the bible… is this God’s eternal will?
I fear that we focus too much on the words, and yet ignore Jesus (John 5:39).
Jesus reveals God’s will “from the beginning”; scripture reveals Jesus.
God inspired Moses to permit something that was not God’s will.
I suspect that there are MANY things God permits, but does not like.
This itself reveals God’s grace, and shows us how He relates to us as sinners.
God is still gracious with us, because our hearts are still hard.
He also knows our hearts, whether we’re motivated by love or self.
He can tell whether we’re just playing with words, or sincerely seeking Him.
If we are seeking Him, we can be assured of His grace… from beginning to end!
Lord, help me to know Your heart, and not just the words. Help me to reflect Your grace from the beginning, and not just my own hardened heart.