Marriage & Divorce: Law

  • Pharisees: “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason at all?”
  • Divorce in Judaism (Deuteronomy 24:1–4)
  • Rabbi Hillel and Rabbi Shammai
  • Pharisees goal

Marriage & Divorce: Jesus/God

Jesus: “Have you not read…?”

  • God established marriage (Genesis 2:20-24)
  • God hates divorce (Malachi 2:13-16)
  • Pharisees: “Why then did Moses command to give her a certificate of divorce and send her away?”
  • Moses permitted divorce (Deuteronomy 24:1–4)

Why marriage is important

Jesus: “And I say to you”

  • Holy union (Genesis 2:18, 2:22)
  • Blessed union (Genesis 1:27-28, Proverbs 18:22)
  • Lifetime union (Matthew 19:6, Mark 10:9)
  • Unique Physical & Spiritual Union (Genesis 2:24, Ephesians 5:22-33)
  • Marriage isn’t for everyone. Divorce is the final option, not the first option.

Children

  • Welcomed by God/Jesus (Mathew 18:2)
  • Important to God/Jesus (Mathew 18:6)
  • Example of faith (Matthew 18:3-4)
  • Salvation (Deuteronomy 1:39, Isaiah 7:16)

Eternal Life – Faith or Good Works?

Matthew 19:16-30, Mark 10:17-31; Luke 18:18-30

Rich young synagogue ruler (the unsaved)

  • What can I do?
  • Which commandments?
  • What am I still lacking?
  • What do I treasure?

Reflection: Are you willing to give your treasure up for Jesus?

Jesus

  • “Good Teacher”
  • God alone is good

The Kingdom of God

  • Rich people
  • Can Christians be rich?
  • Jesus – the Only Way
  • Rewards
    • Original Disciples
    • Disciples Today
  • First or Last

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