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Using the excuse, “Well, other people get divorces,” didn’t work with Jesus, and it shouldn’t be used as a reason by us either.

BibleGateway: Matthew 19:1-12

ESV Text: Matthew 19:1-12

Matthew 19:1–12 (Listen)

Teaching About Divorce

19:1 Now when Jesus had finished these sayings, he went away from Galilee and entered the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. And large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.

And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?” He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.”1

10 The disciples said to him, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.” 11 But he said to them, “Not everyone can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given. 12 For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let the one who is able to receive this receive it.”

Footnotes

[1] 19:9 Some manuscripts add and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery; other manuscripts except for sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery

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KJV Text:

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     1 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these sayings, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan; 2 And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.

     3 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? 4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? 6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. 7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? 8 He saith 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. 9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery. 10 His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry. 11 But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. 12 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.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 413 (LSB 716):
I Walk in Danger all the Way

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1. I walk in danger all the way. 
The thought shall never leave me 
That Satan, who has marked his prey, 
Is plotting to deceive me. 
This foe with hidden snares 
May seize me unawares 
If e’er I fail to watch and pray. 
I walk in danger all the way. 

2. I pass through trials all the way, 
With sin and ills contending; 
In patience I must bear each day 
The cross of God’s own sending. 
Oft in adversity 
I know not where to flee; 
When storms of woe my soul dismay, 
I pass through trials all the way. 

3. Death doth pursue me all the way, 
Nowhere I rest securely; 
He comes by night, he comes by day, 
And takes his prey most surely. 
A failing breath, and I 
In death’s strong grasp may lie 
To face eternity for aye. 
Death dost pursue me all the way. 

4. I walk with angels all the way, 
They shield me and befriend me; 
All Satan’s power is held at bay 
When heavenly hosts attend me; 
They are my sure defense, 
All fear and sorrow, hence! 
Unharmed by foes, do what they may, 
I walk with angels all the way. 

5. I walk with Jesus all the way, 
His guidance never fails me; 
Within His wounds I find a stay 
When Satan’s power assails me; 
And by His footsteps led, 
My path I safely tread. 
In spite of ills that threaten may, 
I walk with Jesus all the way. 

6. My walk is heavenward all the way; 
Await my soul, the morrow, 
When thou shalt find release for aye 
From all thy sin and sorrow. 
All worldly pomp, begone! 
To heaven I now press on. 
For all the world I would not stay; 
My walk is heavenward all the way.