Divorce and Remarriage
Verse 1:This is here to show that Jesus was now in the region ruled by Herod. John the Baptist had condemned Herod for marrying his brother Phillip's wife and was jailed, then later executed for it. The Pharisees were probably hoping to have something to take to Herod about Jesus.
Verse 2:Various Pharisees had differing viewpoints on marriage.
Verses 3-4:Moses, under command from God, was a way of making allowance for a very sinful Israel. Moses gave direction on how to deal with their sins in marriage but it was not God's intention for marriage.
Verses 6-7:This clearly shows that God's plan for marriage was for heterosexual marriage. Homosexual acts are sinful, just as lust by a heterosexual is sinful.
Verses 8-9:This shows that God's plan for marriage was established at creation.
I. Marriage Is Permanent.
Just like in the vows, 'til death do you part.'
Married people, you're responsible to God to make your marriage reflect the oneness of relationship of God and Christ. Husbands lead and are responsible for the outcome, wives are responsible for following the lead of their husbands.
If you're single but hope to be married, prayerfully and patiently marry well. Don't settle because this is permanent.
II. Divorce Causes Problems.
God hates divorce (Malachi 2:16). It causes problems in the families, not just between spouses, that can last for generations.
The Bible appears to permit separation or even divorce under certain circumstances but with reconciliation always in mind (1 Cor 7:10-11). This implies an allowance for separation. Although not part of God's plan but may become necessary.
Verses 10-11:This addresses remarriage. Remarriage is not sinful after the death of the spouse. The other exception is if the divorce occurred due to porneia,which should be translated 'sexual immorality,' not 'adultery' as is common. (Matt 19:9)
Second marriages still have standing before God. We're to work this marriage as first marriages should be.