The Gospels: Marriage, Divorce, Singleness, Gender

July 29, 2017

The Gospels: Full of Grace and Truth

Marriage, Divorce, Singleness, Gender

Matthew 19:1-12; Mark 10:1-12


And it came to pass, [that] when Jesus had finished these sayings, he arose from there, departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea by the farther side of Jordan; And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there. The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, “Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?” And he answered and said unto them, “What did Moses command you?” (Matthew 19:1-3; Mark 10:1-3)


  1. What’s your view on DIVORCE, Jesus?


And he answered and said unto them, “Have you not read,” (Matthew 19:4)


  1. Have you not READ?


“that he which made [them] at the beginning of creation made them male and female,” (Matthew 19:4; Mark 10:6)


  1. There is no GENDER or MARRIAGE without creation


And said, “For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, (Matthew 19:5)


  1. LEAVE


and shall cleave to his wife: (Matthew 19:5)




and the two shall be one flesh?” (Matthew 19:5)




“Wherefore they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.” (Matthew 19:6)




And they said, “Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?” He said unto them, “Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.” (Matthew 19:7-8)


  1. Divorce isn’t the UNFORGIVABLE sin


And I say unto you, “Whosoever shall put away his wife, except [it be] for fornication, and shall marry another, commits adultery: and whoso marries her which is put away commits adultery.” (Matthew 19:9)


And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same [matter]. And he said unto them, “Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, commits adultery against her. And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she commits adultery.” (Mark 10:10-12)


  1. But it is still SIN, and is caused by SIN


His disciples said unto him, “If the case of the man be so with [his] wife, it is not good to marry.” But he said unto them, “All [men] cannot receive this saying, save [they] to whom it is given. For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from [their] mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive [it], let him receive [it].” (Matthew 19:10-12)


  1. Being SINGLE is good too



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Prep for Next Week

  1. Begin studying - Infants brought to Jesus Matthew 19:13-15; Mark 10:13-16; Luke 18:15-17
  2. Pray for an opportunity to invite a friend to church or share the gospel with them

Follow-up Discussion Questions

  1. Do you struggle with the Bible’s teaching on:
    1. Marriage
    2. Divorce
    3. Gender
    4. Creation
  2. Why is Scripture our only perfect guide for faith and conduct?
  3. In your marriage (relationships), do you struggle most with leaving, cleaving, or securing?
  4. Was marriage as a representation of the nature of God and his plan of salvation a new concept for you?
  5. Why is it important to not make singleness, marriage, divorce or gender the central issue or unforgivable sin when talking to unbelievers?

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