What Does God Say About _______? Week 5

Oct 8, 2023    Pastor Micah Pelkey

What does God say about — Divorce?

1 Corinthians 7

8 Now for those who are not married and for the widows I say this: It is good for you to stay single like me. 

9 But if you cannot control your body, then you should marry. It is better to marry than to burn with sexual desire.

10 Now, I have a command for those who are married. Actually, it is not from me; it is what the Lord commanded. A wife should not leave her husband. 

11 But if a wife does leave, she should remain single or get back together with her husband. And a husband should not divorce his wife.

Mark 10

2 Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”

3 “What did Moses command you?” he replied.

4 They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.”

5 “It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,” Jesus replied. 

6 “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’

7 ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,

8 and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 

9 Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

The United States of America has a higher divorce rate than many parts of the world. 

64% of men and 52% of women get married again. 

67% — Second Marriages 

73% — Third Marriages 

Couples who live together before marriage are more likely to divorce. 

75% — A lack of Commitment 

60% — Infidelity 

58% — Conflict/Communication

45% — Youthfulness 

38% — Finances 

Around 70% of divorces are initiated by women. 

Couples who have friends that divorce have a 75% increase in the risk of their own marriage ending. 

Motherless Children 

Fatherless Children 

The greatest gift you can give your family and friends is a healthy you.

Deuteronomy 24 

1 Suppose a man marries a woman but she does not please him. Having discovered something wrong with her, he writes a document of divorce, hands it to her, and sends her away from his house. 

2 When she leaves his house, she is free to marry another man.

Matthew 5

31 “Remember the Scripture that says, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him do it legally, giving her divorce papers and her legal rights’? Too many of you are using that as a cover for selfishness and whim, pretending to be righteous just because you are ‘legal.’ 

32 Please, no more pretending. If you divorce your wife, you’re responsible for making her an adulteress (unless she has already made herself that by sexual promiscuity). And if you marry such a divorced adulteress, you’re automatically an adulterer yourself. You can’t use legal cover to mask a moral failure.”

What makes love last?

What is your offense?

What is your defense?