“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” (Matthew 19:9).TEXT — Matthew 19:1-12
In 2019, there were about 800,000 divorce cases in Europe. The number was around 1.042 million in the United States. Available data show that the number of registered divorce cases in China rose from 2.7 million in 2010 to 4.7 million in 2019. South Africa had 23,710 cases the same year. More than 200 divorce petitions were filed in one state in Nigeria each month in 2021.
The contention regarding divorce has existed for centuries. Jesus told the Pharisees and the crowd that listened to Him that no man should put asunder what the Lord had joined together. Men were sending away their wives, hypocritically citing Moses’ injunction of giving the writing of divorcement. He plainly told them that Moses permitted that because of their hardened hearts. He explained that the only condition for divorce was fornication, which was applicable to people who were engaged to marry. Adultery, not fornication, is applicable in marriage.
By implication, Jesus was saying that there was, in fact, no condition for divorce after marriage. He made it clear that if anyone puts away his wife and marries another, he has committed adultery. Moreover, anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
The society has refused to accept these biblical truths. Young men and women now enter into marriages as contracts and divorce after a few years, citing “irreconcilable differences”. However, God’s word cannot be disputed. If you have divorced your wife, get her back. If you have married a divorced fellow, be it a man or woman, it will be wisdom if you quit the marriage in order to save your soul.
Thought for the day
Nobody wins in a divorce case.
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- GALATIANS 1 – 3