See "Understanding Scripture" for the basis behind this study, or any Bibical study, topical, doctrinal or otherwise. Scripture interprets itself and is of no individual interpretation or perception. Christians are to study to know God and follow His ways as outlined in the Bible, even when they don't fully make sense in our culture. God's culture trumps all other cultures and Christians, as they grow in Christ, renew their minds to agree with Scritprue.
Rom 12:2 "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
2Tim 3:16-17 "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."
2Pet 1:20-21 "Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."
But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.
There are 2 statements in this passage:
1. whoever gets a divorce except for fornication (repeated acts of sexual sin), causes the other to commit adultery.
2. whoever marries a divorced person also commits adultery
2.1 the reason the divorce was give is not mentioned, therefore it would be assumed for all reasons. One might argue the exception in the first statement applies here, yet it is not stated and may not apply.
2.1.1 the question must be asked, who can marry a divorce person without committing adultery?
6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. 7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? 8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. 9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery. 10 His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry. 11 But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. 12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.
There are several statements in this passage:
1. In vs 6 Jesus affirms that no divorce is God's will
1.1 no exception given
2. In vs 8 Jesus answers their question why Moses allowed divorce:
2.1 the hardness of our hearts (we would do it anyway).
2.2 Jesus also reaffirms vs 6, it's never God's will
3. In vs 9 the dual statements of Matt 5:32 is repeated with additional insight
3.1 this time the person getting the divorce is addressed
3.1.1 they commit adultery if they re-marry, unless the divorce was for fornication.
3.2 again it's mentioned, whoever marries a divorce person commits adultery.
3.2.1 the reason the divorce was give is not mentioned, therefore it would be assumed for all reasons. One might argue the exception in the first statement applies here, yet it is not stated and may not apply.
3.2.2 The first of the 2 statements in vs 9 allows for the person getting a divorce to re-marry, if fornication was the reason, yet, to whom can they re-marry since anyone marrying a divorced person commits adultery?
18.104.22.168 maybe a person who is also divorced because of fornication
4. In vs 10-12 the disciples say, if this be so, it's better to be single and Jesus agrees with them, yet acknowledges not all can handle it. Jesus does encourage it at the end of vs 12.
2 And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him. 3 And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you? 4 And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away. 5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. 6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. 7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; 8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. 9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. 10 And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter. 11 And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. 12 And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.
There are a number of statements
1. In vs 5 Jesus answers the question of divorce, that is was given due to the hardness of our hearts
2. In vs 6-9 Jesus affirms divorce is never God's will
3. In vs 11-12 Jesus states clearly that either party who divorces and remarries someone else commits adultery.
3.1 no exception is mentioned
3.2 one can argue the exception need not be re-mentioned because it was stated in Matthew
3.3 one can also argue, Jesus was clarifying the 2 individual statements mentioned in both occurrences of Matthew
3.3.1 while a divorce is allowed for fornication, remarriage to someone else is adultery, however remarriage to the same person is still an option.
22.214.171.124 this would be consistent with God's divorcement of Israel (Jeremiah 3).
126.96.36.199 the divorce was done with reconciliation in mind.
Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery
See statement 3 under Mark 10:2-12
1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? 2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. 3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
A person is bound by the law to their spouse as long as the spouse lives. Only once the spouse is dead, is the person free to remarry another. If one is remarried prior to such, it is adultery.
1 Corinthians 7:10-11
10 And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: 11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.
1 In vs 10, do not divorce
2 In vs 11, if one is divorced
2.1 the person is to remain single OR
2.2 remarry the spouse they divorced.
3 In vs 11, it is repeated, do not divorce.
1 Corinthians 7:12-16
12 But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. 13 And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. 14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. 15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace. 16 For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?
1 In vs 12 Paul states this passage is his opinion, not the Lord's
2 the believer should stay married to the unbelieving spouse, for the sake of the children and that the unbeliever might become saved.
3 if the unbeliever wants to leave, the believer is not bound to the marriage
3.1 to try and reconcile the marriage.
3.2 to the duties of the marriage
3.3 to the law (bondage) of the marriage spoken of in Romans 7:1-3
3.3.1 if this statement was intended, one would have to choose to obey Paul's advise over God's, which is not advisable, nor do I believe was Paul's intent, after all, it was Paul in Romans 7:1-3, who spoke otherwise and in the verses just prior to these: 10-11 and at the end of the chapter: 39.
4 this advise of Paul's does not usurp the teachings of Scripture otherwise already given elsewhere, he merely is encouraging is to live at peace with others.
1 Corinthians 7:39
The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord. 40But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.
1 The statements on the start of the chapter are restated on the end
1.1 a divorced person is bound until the spouse is dead.
1.2 once the divorced spouse is dead, the person is free to remarry.
1.2.1 the person must be a Christian (2 Corinthians 6:14).
2 additionally, .e person is happier single, in Paul's opinion.
It appears that while divorce is permitted for fornication, due to our willful hard heartedness, it is not God's will, and remarriage to anyone other than the person one divorced, regardless of the reason for the divorce, is adultery, until the person who was divorced has died, at which time, one can remarry any single Christian that has not been divorced or, if divorced, whose divorced spouse has died.