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Divorce Allowed . . . Seek to be Divorce Proof

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Divorce Allowed . . . Seek to be Divorce Proof
How does Christ speak to marriage?
Others speak from experience
Christ speaks from humble authority
Others speak for convenience
Christ speaks for God's glory
Others speak harshly
Christ speaks loving truth
Others speak permissively
Christ speaks philosophically
Divorce in the Old Testament
The Law
The Prophets
The Text
Deuteronomy 24:1-4

“ 1 When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house. 2 And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man’s wife. 3 And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, which took her to be his wife; 4 Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the Lord: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.”
Four Implications
The Heart of the Law
1. This is allowance not command or even encouragement
2. It is designed to protect the woman and hinder the man
3. The only allowance is in the case of
ervaw
, uncleanness
4. Remarriage is presumed with a right divorce
Jeremiah
Malachi
Jeremiah 3:6-8

“6 The Lord said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Hast thou seen that which backsliding Israel hath done? she is gone up upon every high mountain and under every green tree, and there hath played the harlot. 7 And I said after she had done all these things, Turn thou unto me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it. 8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.”
Its Meaning
Its Implications
God is spiritually divorcing Israel as a result of their persistent spiritual adultery
Divorce is not always sinful nor is the 'hardness of heart' always on the part of the one that initiates the divorce
Malachi 2:11, 14-16

“11 Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of the Lord which he loved, and hath married the daughter of a strange god.

14 Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the Lord hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.

15 And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.

16 For the Lord, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the Lord of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.”
Its Meaning
Its Implication
Post-exilic prophet

Men had divorced their Jewish wives to marry foreign women
Either God hates sin and since this is sinful divorce He hates these divorces
or
These men are failures as leaders for their hatred of their wives and sinful divorce to cover other sin

1. Divorce is never commanded.

2. Divorce is the result of sin.

3. The provisions and guidelines regarding divorce are in response to the hardness of the hearts of people. Either the hardness of a persistent adulterer or the hardness of a selfish and disobedient spouse.
Divorce Proofing
in the
Old Testament

Christ and Hosea: Sacrificial Lovers
Christ and Hosea: Marriage Preachers
Hosea 3:1-3

“1 And the Lord said to me, “Go again, love a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress, even as the Lord loves the children of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love cakes of raisins.” 2 So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a lethech of barley. 3 And I said to her, “You must dwell as mine for many days. You shall not play the whore, or belong to another man; so will I also be to you.”
I am committed to pursuing my spouse in a sacrificial way
I am committed to loving my spouse in the best way
I am committed to pursuing my spouse even in the midst of their sin against me
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