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Scripture Reading:  Mark 10:2-12 


Part 2

God Hates Divorce (2)

1.  Divorce is the device of Satan, the boon of lawyers & the bane of society. It is not from God, Mal. 2:16; Mark 10:2-9 (Gen. 2:24).

2.  God hates divorce (Mal. 2:16). (See Part 1)

  a.  Due to the hardened hearts of men, God (through Moses) regulated the practice (Matt. 19:7-8; 5:31; Deut. 24:1-4).

  b.  Moses is contrasted with Jesus, Matt. 19:7-9.

3.  Whoever separates (chorizo, sunders) what God has joined together (whoever destroys marriage) faces eternal wrath of God, Heb. 13:4.


  A.  It Violates the Marriage Vow, Mal. 2:14-16 (of faithfulness & duty).
    1.  Divorce downplays the importance of the marriage vow, Eccl. 5:4-5; Ezek. 16:8, 15, 32, 59.  (Oath & covenant: Solemn vow of alliance, Mal. 2:14; Prov. 2:17)
    2.  Sundering forgets that God is included in the vow that was made (He gave marriage – Obligated to Him in it).
  B.  It Defiles What God Loves, Mal. 2:10-12.
    1.  God loves & honors marriage, Gen. 2:18.
    2.  Sundering it is an affront to God who gave us our marriage (our lifelong companion), Heb. 13:4.
  C.  It Denies the Consequences it Causes, Rom. 7:2-3.

    1.  To the spouse.  cf. Mal. 2:13
      a.  Left to pick up the pieces of a broken home, a broken heart & a broken life.
      b.  Spiritual trauma: He/she is still bound to the obligations God established to remain unmarried or be reconciled (Matt. 5:32; 1 Cor. 7:11).
      c.  Emotional trauma: Grief, fear, anger, depression, etc.
      d.  Financial trauma: Bills, new obligations, less income.
    2.  To the family. Left with division, isolation, uncertainty, insecurity, etc. [Can you imagine Jesus putting away His wife, the church? (May the church put away Jesus & marry another?  Rom. 7:4; 2 Cor. 11:2-3)]
    3.  To the local church. Hurts the influence of God’s people & can have a leavening effect, making it easier for others to consider divorce as an option to a troubled marriage.

    4.  To oneself. Damage to your example & influence, lost without repentance; after repentance the very real possibility of remaining celibate to be right with God (Matt. 19:12).
  D.  It Destroys Children, Ezek. 16:20-21.
    1.  Children are “passed through the fire” of divorce & distorted by the emotional “flames” of its trauma (fear, anger, grief, depression, worry & anxiety, sadness, self-blame, shame, etc.).
    2.  Divorce distorts & retards children spiritually, emotionally & developmentally; it wrenches from their lives the safety & security of family.


1.  Christians must honor their marriages & all scriptural marriages.
2.  We must teach & live the permanency of marriage & that God hates divorce (Mal. 2:16).
3.  We cannot please God by destroying what He ordains, blesses, loves & honors (Matt. 19:6).
4.  We must help those in troubled marriages to save their marriages; not look for ways to “get out” of what God has joined together.

5.  We must always put God first & serve Christ before any thing or any person (Lk. 18:29-30; 1 Cor. 6:20; 7:23).


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