Updated: Jan 26

Matthew 5:31-32. NAS


but I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for the reason of unchastity (fornication: porneia G4203 Harlotry , adultery, including adultery and incest) makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.*

*Warren Wiersbe suggests the above passage be read in the New American Standard (NAS) to distinguish the tenses of the verbs.


Mary and Martha would talk on Mondays and share about church plus what each Pastor had talked about. One Monday Martha quoted her Pastor who said according to the Bible, divorce is the only thing that God hates. Mary's back stiffened and her pace slowed. Mary had been divorced and spent time in a woman's shelter. She took a deep breath and told Martha the Bible says there are 6 things God hates plus one more:

Proverbs 6:16-19 The Message

"Here are six things God hates, and one more that He loathes with a passion:

eyes that are arrogant,

a tongue that lies,

hands that murder the innocent,

a heart that hatches evil plots,

feet that race down a wicked track,

a mouth that lies under oath,

a troublemaker in the family.

Mary considered reminding Martha of a previous statement: We (Martha and her husband) have not spoken to each other for an entire week. But she didn't.


Mrs. C attended a church in her home town until the unimaginable happened. Her husband left her for another woman and their marriage ended in divorce. This situation was discussed and the church thought it best if Mrs. C no longer attended. Mrs. C cooperated, of course and grew bitter. The church later saw the error of their ways and apologized and wanted to welcome Mrs. C back into fellowship. Mrs. C would not and did not. Years went by and Mrs. C harbored anger against the church and God. She is no longer on this earth.

What is the moral of the story? The Pharisees only wanted information about the line discussed in last week's post The Linewalkers. Jesus had a high view and treasured the sanctity of marriage.

The following are from Warren Wiersbe inThe Bible Exposition Commentary:

"Moses did not command divorce, he permitted it. The divorce Moses permitted in Deuteronomy 24 actually severed the original marriage relationship. God permitted the woman to marry again, and her second marriage was not considered adulterous. This explains how the woman of Samaria could have had 5 husbands, and yet be living with a man not her husband (John 4:16-18)

Apparently all five of those marriages had been legal & scriptural."

BTW, I have been divorced (see About) and understand the trauma, stigma and angst of the children. (What did the children think of their parents not speaking for a week?) I am open to comments or questions and you won't be added to a mailing list since I do not have one.

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