January 3, 2021

Series: Misc Sermons

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Scripture: Matthew 5:27-32

In this day and time, divorce runs rampant and it doesn’t matter whether a person is a church goer or not. This is a sad subject and a horrible statistic.
We should always take to heart what the scripture says. When the “I AM” speaks, we should always listen and do.
Sin begins in the heart, so it goes further than the act of. In verse 31 we see 2 points. We see that they have already heard something and then we see Jesus say something  different. Israel had taken the law and had made it a literal fact. Just like murder, they only looked at the act and not the heart. In this day and time we know that anyone can get a divorce for any reason or no reason at all. This is the act but Jesus is dealing with the heart.
Deuteronomy 24:1-4
This is the law in which they took literally. This was to protect the innocent in most cases. In this time frame the woman got the bitter end. The Old Testament decree is that a divorce is not allowed under Gods rule. Matthew 19, God intended no divorce was to take place. One man, one woman, married together forever, till death do they part. But, sin took this holy union and split it into.
Jesus explains a deeper meaning to divorce and was one reason only, infidelity. Matthew 19:1-6; The Pharisees knew the law of Moses and tried to stump Jesus. Jesus then answered them by going right back to the beginning and gives them the law of God. Now a saved person, are not they all married into God? Are we not Gods bride? Is it not true that God has said that He will never leave us or forsake us? How faithful have you been to your “husband”, God? Matthew 19:7-9; Jesus explains why Moses had this law and to protect the innocent. He then goes right back to what he said prior in verses 31 and 32.
On a marriage certificate there is only 2 signatures. The officiant and a witness. These two people agree that they witnessed 2 people make a vow, a commitment to each other. They gave their word and these two people witnessed it. Now God made a vow to us and yet we are so hypocritical wanting Him to not change or to keep his vow to us and yet we can’t keep ours to Him. We see many make a vow to each other and then break it like it wasn’t even anything to begin with. They do this all the time, all day long. It’s better to not even make a vow than to make one and then break it.
Your word is your bond. God says that this is an important thing. Have you really gave thought to your promises that you’ve given to others? Our culture says that not even a contract is important. In this world we see the worldly but God see’s the spiritual and not only are the commitments made to each other, but they’ve been made to God as well. Marriage was instituted by God and not by man therefore when the vows are made, they are being made to God above.
In 1 Corinthians we see that Paul states many things about marriage. He states that if a person is married to an unbeliever and the unbeliever wants out, let them go. One can’t make someone stay that doesn’t know what true love is.
Two people that are in a marriage can’t get a divorce just because they want to or they can’t get along. A Christian is to love one another, drop the pride, and repent. This goes further than the act of marriage.
We live in a land now that everyone says we need to love each other no matter what or who, and yet we see divorce and hate on every corner. This is because they’ve left their first love, God. Living with each other to “try it out” is plain and simple fornication and is an abomination to God.
God told Hosea to go and marry a harlot, a whore. He thought this was crazy but he did was he was told. They had a family and she went back to what she knew. She came to her end she thought and ended up on the auction block to be sold as a slave. God then told Hosea to purchase her back. He did and purchased her as a free person, not as a slave. he paid for her to be free when he had every right to punish her for what she had done because in that day she was to be stoned, killed. Hosea showed mercy, just like God does for us each and every day. He knows we are a filthy sinner and yet He calls upon us to be His bride. We then accepts His invitation and likely run right back to the sin we were in or others sins (backslid). All the while God loves us and shows us compassion, picks us right back up and loves us beyond what we deserve.