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Marriage Divorce and Remarriage

Marriage Divorce and Remarriage

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Marriage Divorce and Remarriage:
 Should divorced people be remarried? vs. Should married people be divorced?
Marriage Divorce and Remarriage:
 
"A TFC Article"
 
Should divorced people be remarried?vs.Should married people be divorced?COMMITMENT TO THE FULL COUNSEL OF THE WORD OF GOD
 We are all in the process of forming opinions and/or convictions before the Lordconcerning His Word on this subject. We must find a place of conviction…a placeto firmly stand of God’s Word. We cannot continually say, “This is what my pastor taught me”, “This is what my parents taught me”, “This is what my brother taught me”, etc. Sooner or later it comes down to the place that, when we areministering to others, a commitment/conviction out of out own heart, based onGod’s Word, is where we must stand. In this day, the subject of marriage, divorceand remarriage is probably the most polemic issue in the whole church.In something of this magnitude, no matter how long it takes, we need to give it the proper study, concentration, prayer and thoughtfulness. Otherwise, we will perhaps bring not only sin and misjudgment into our own lives, but sin andmisjudgment into the lives of others. So it behooves us to thoroughly study thesethings out and make a careful search. In whatever is being said from pastors or anyone you are receiving teaching from… a book, tape, magazine, etc… provethese things. (Acts 17:11) Put the whole context of the whole scripture on it. Wedon’t have a choice over the context we put on Biblical issues. These things must be looked at in the context of how they are being used the passage, the book, or the place in Scripture.
A COVENANT-KEEPING GOD
 Study and consider the Book of Hosea. The entire book is dedicated to onethin….covenant between God and man, through the picture of marriage…themarriage being a picture of who God is with the Church. It is not a picture of man being married to a woman, but a “type” - - God being married to man. To seek to
 
understand this “type” is a key place to begin in any dedicated study of marriageand covenant. The study of types is illuminating, for the Spirit uses the thingswhich are seen, to teach us concerning the things which are unseen. A full andcomprehensive study of this picture of marriage s it relates to the divine/humancovenant cannot be stressed enough. T o understood this type will equip us with avery clear means of presenting the truth of God’s heart of love and forgivenesstoward His bride. It is the image of God in His covenant with us.Also, look at the church in Christ in Ephesians 5:28-32 …. “So husbands oughtalso to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loveshimself himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishesit, just as Christ also does the church, for we are members of his body. For thiscause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and thetwo shall become one flesh. This mystery is great; but I am speaking withreference to Christ and the church.” Thus, human marriage is, in this creationaldesign, serves as a metaphor of God’s love for His elect. The permanence of marriage is, fundamentally, a theological issue, rooted in the anti-typicaldivine/human relationship to which marriage stands as a type.
A COVENANT-KEEPING PEOPLE
 A Biblical view of covenant is a very key issue. Do we, as Christians, have aBible view of covenant? It is not a partnership. It is not a contract. A covenant,unlike a contract, is bound by two or more parties. In a contract, if one party bowsout then the contract is broken. In a covenant, if one party bows out but another  person is still holding to the tenet, the covenant is still in place. The covenantremains in place until the death of the one(or ones) who covenanted. Only in theevent of death do we become unable to keep covenant.Romans 7:1-3 is important in balancing the full counsel of God’s Wordconcerning this truth:”…Or do you not know, brethren (for I am speaking to thosewho know the law), that the law has jurisdiction over a person as long as he lives?For the married woman is bound by law to her husband while he is living; but if her husband dies, she is released from the law concerning the husband. So then if,while her husband is living she is joined to another man, she shall be called anadulteress, though she is joined to another man.” This is very straight informationtowards the church, saying that if you’re married, you’re married, and it is thelaw. It is clear that it is something that is bound. Covenant stands until the deathof those who a re bound by it.When a person marries, there are three parties in that covenant. It is a “covenantof salt” because it is an enduring covenant. The Bible makes it clear that marriageis not something to be undone. You become one flesh. We have three witnesses,three partakers, of the covenant of marriage. One is the Lord, one is the man, andon is the woman. “…’Til death do we part…” not “…’til adultery…’tilfinances…’til insecurities…’til misunderstandings…” but,”…’til death…” That’s
 
a covenant, an oath, a vow before God. (Deut. 23:21) “When you make a vow tothe Lord your God, you shall not delay to pay it, for it would be sin in you, andthe Lord your God will surely require it of you.”Look at Luke 16:17-18. “But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away thanfor one stroke of a letter of the Law to fail. Everyone who divorces his wife andmarries another commits adultery; and he who marries one who is divorced froma husband commits adultery.” You can put in there, “puts away” or “to separate” but the idea is still the same. Whenever you separate, you are bringing someone toa lower level of loyalty and your are removing yourself from a vow that you made before God. The Bible makes it clear that we are not to make oaths at all, unlesswe intend to fulfill, to God, that oath.
COVENANT, CLEAVING, and ONE FLESH
 Going back to the beginning…Gen. 2:21-25… “So the Lord God caused a deepsleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs, and closedup the flesh at that place. And the Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib whichHe had taken from the man. And the man said, “This is now bone of bones, andflesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”For this cause a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to hiswife; and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both nakedand were not ashamed.” We see a lot being presented here. By taking a rib out of Adam, we see God denoting this relationship to be of one flesh…. a suitablehelper. Verse 18…. “It is not good for the man to be alone”…has little to do withAdam’s manhood or his needing a sexual partner or needing to be self-realized or  just being lonely, but is in reference to his being fulfilled in reproduction. He sayall the animals come before him in pairs. He knew very clearly that to fulfill thecommission in Gen. 1:28, (“Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdueit.”) he couldn’t do it without a bride. So this had to do with understanding whatwould be meet to fulfill this great commission of mankind…to fill the earth withrighteous children. We can see in this passage also, the first use of the term“wife”…used twice, in verse 24 and verse 25. So we are talking about marriagehere. We are talking about the specificness of not being ashamed, cleaving towife, and becoming one flesh. “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of myflesh.”What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” (Matt. 19:6) Notevery carefully that the Word of God says what He has joined, not to whom. God isnot necessarily talking about people, but He has built marriages. The word“cleave” is especially prominent as a technical term in the covenant terminologyof Deut. 10:21, 11:22, 13:4, and 30:20. See also Joshua 22: 5, 23:8, and Ruth1:14-16. In verses that speak of the Israelites “cleaving” to the Lord in affectionand loyalty, parallel words and phrases that describe this proper attitude to theLord are “fear”, “serve”, “love”, and “obey”. “ Swear by His name”, “walk in Hisways”, and “keep His commandments” are others. In short, the use of “cleave” in

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