What Jesus Did! 'Not So!' — Matthew 19:7-9

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Pharisees asked, "So why did Moses give a command allowing a man to divorce his wife by writing a certificate of divorce?" Jesus answered, "Moses allowed you to divorce your wives because you refused to accept God's teaching. But divorce was not allowed in the beginning. I tell you that any person that divorces his wife and marries another woman is guilty of the sin of adultery. The only reason for a person to divorce and marry again is if his first wife had sexual relations with another man."
— Matthew 19:7-9 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 19:7-9 NLT — "So why did Moses give a command allowing a man to divorce his wife by writing a certificate of divorce?"

Key Thought

Divorce is prevalent in modern society. But God is not pleased with divorce. God's plan is one man and one woman for life. Divorce shatters lives, injures children, and breaks commitments. It adds to instability and insecurity. God wants the "oneness" that exists in marriages to grow and deepen. He hates it when the oneness is destroyed. While God does allow for a circumstance when divorce is permitted, he always hates it because of the damage it does. It was not his plan from the beginning. He wanted the security of a growing and developing marriage.

Today's Prayer

Almighty and eternal God, give the people in your Church a greater sense of commitment. The world I live in seems to take promises and covenants so lightly. As for me, please protect my marriage from unfaithfulness and insensitivity. I want to grow and deepen my relationship with my marriage partner. Please give us a long and dynamic life together. And Father, I also pray that you will lead and guide and bring together the right people to marry my children. Please bless them with a life-long marriage partner that will help them grow in their relationship with you. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Mal. 2:13-16
  • 1 Cor. 7:10-11
  • Mark 10:10-12


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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