Concordia Theological Monthly

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divorce, union, wife, marriage, husband, wedlock, betrothal, desertion

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


Divorce, Except It Be for Fornication.

Is there anything besides death that severs the marriage bond? In the opinion of the Pharisees there were quite a number of reasons for which a man might put away his wife. In answer to Christ’s apodictic statement they ask: "Why did Moses, then, command to give a writing of divorcement and to put her away? How dare you, they mean to say, put yourself in opposition to Moses? Are you more than Moses? Christ answers: Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, suffered you to put away your wives; but from the beginning it was not so," Matt. 19, 8. Who was right? Did Moses command, or did he merely suffer, permit? As always, Jesus is correct, as a glance at Deut. 24, 1-4, the Scripture passage referred to, will show.


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Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Matthew 19:8; Deuteronomy 24:1-4; Deuteronomy 22:20-22; Matthew 19:3; Mark 10:2-4; Matthew 19:5-8; Matthew 5:31-32; Luke 16:18;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars