Concerning divorce (Mark 10:1-12) | back

 1And he arose from thence, and cometh into the coasts of Judaea by the farther side of Jordan: and the people resort unto him again; and, as he was wont, he taught them again. Jesus left Capernaum and went southward to the Judean borders. He went to an area east of the Jordan river where He often taught the crowds.

 2And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him. The Pharisees came to Him and asked Him if He permits divorce? Always trying to trap Him with a question about the law.

 3And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you? Jesus answered them with a question. "What did Moses say about divorce?"

 4And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away. They answered Jesus. "He said that it was alright." Moses said that all a man had to do is write his wife a letter of dismissal.

 5And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. And why did he say that Jesus asked the Pharisees? I'll tell you why---it was a concession to your hardhearted wickedness. But it certainly isn't God's way!

 6But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. From the beginning God made "man and woman" to be joined together permanently in marriage. (Not man and man, or woman and woman according to today's society).

 7For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife. Therefore a man is to leave his father and mother.

 8And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. The man and woman are united so that they are no longer two, but one in marriage.

 9What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. No man can separate what God has joined together.

 10And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter. Later when Jesus was alone with His disciples, they brought up the subject again.

 11And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. When a man divorces his wife to marry someone else, he commits adultery against her.

 12And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery. And if a wife divorces her husband and remarries, she also commits adultery.

So, Can one divorce another and is divorce the unpardonable sin? Divorce is not the unpardonable sin and is forgiven upon repentance. But there are certain conditions for divorce. (Matthew 19:5-9), "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?” He said to them, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted 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; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.” Notice one of the conditions for divorce is, "sexual immorality." And I am sure there are more conditions that our Heavenly Father approves of. God is a divorcee Himself; Spiritually speaking. God divorced Israel. Then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but went and played the harlot also. (Jeremiah 3:8).