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I What Is Divorce? “To dissolve a marriage relationship, to divorce... Mt.5:31f; 19:3, 7-9” (BDAG, 118) There is no difference between “divorce” and “putting.

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1 I What Is Divorce? “To dissolve a marriage relationship, to divorce... Mt.5:31f; 19:3, 7-9” (BDAG, 118) There is no difference between “divorce” and “putting away” –Some make a distinction w/o a difference. –Some make a distinction w/o a difference. E.g.: Salvation – Remission of sins Marry – joined (Mt.19:9; Ro.7:3)

2 Divorce Passages put awayASV consistently translates “put away” KJV alternates terms (same word!) put awaydivorced –Mt.5:32, put away... divorced put awayLk.16:18b,.... put away put awayput away –Mt.19:9b, put away... put away divorcement put her awayMt.19:7, writing of divorcement... put her away

3 II What Is Adultery? “To have unlawful intercourse with another’s wife, to commit adultery with...Mt.5:32; 19:9” (Th., 417) “To commit adultery with, have unlawful intercourse with another’s wife…Lk.16:18” (Th., 417)

4 Quotes “Mary was betrothed to Joseph; she was his wife; he was her husband, before they had come together; and he knew her not until she had borne Jesus. Clearly, it was the betrothal and not the sex act that made them husband and wife. Therefore, the breaking of a marriage covenant becomes the basis of the wrong” (Homer Hailey, p. 57) “This form of nonsexual adultery may be new to the thinking of most of us. It is, however, exactly what Jesus described” (Jerry Bassett, p. 77)

5 Their Application: One may repent of covenant breaking (adultery) and keep one’s latest wifeOne may repent of covenant breaking (adultery) and keep one’s latest wife Neither proves the point; both assume it “Every heresy in the church writes its own dictionary.” E.g.: –Col.2:11-12: “Men may be buried in baptism w/o being submerged in water, as they may be circumcised w/o spilling of blood” ( Eadie, 149) –In a literal context, “nonsexual adultery” makes as much sense as “dry baptism”

6 God charges Israel with adultery… Context determines if it is literal or figurative Even when figurative, the sexual act is the basis for the charge (Israel gives herself to another in idolatry)

7 Ezk.16:32, adultery: takes strangers instead of husband 15-16, (played the harlot, harlotry) (offered yourself to everyone who passed by, multiplied your acts of harlotry)25-26 (offered yourself to everyone who passed by, multiplied your acts of harlotry) 27, 31, (lewd behavior); 31, (not like a harlot because you scorned payment) 33, 36 (hired... lovers); 36 (your nakedness uncovered in your harlotry w. your lovers)33, 36 (hired... lovers); 36 (your nakedness uncovered in your harlotry w. your lovers) 38 break wedlock – previous vss. show how) 40, sentence: death by stoning40, sentence: death by stoning

8 Rv.14:8, fornication = idolatry –Idolatry the cause for divorce (Mt. 19:9)? Mt.5:28, committing adultery in heart –fantasizing about covenant breaking? Mt.5:32, the put away woman commits adultery when she remarries –Is her sin a breaking of the covenant? “Murder is a mistake” –Adultery: of a woman... causes her to commit adultery (if she contracts a new marriage) Mt.5:32” (BDAG, 656)

9 Jn.8:4, caught in the act –Caught breaking a covenant (signing divorce papers)? 2 Pt.2:14, eyes full of adultery –Focused on breaking a covenant? Hb.13:4 (never mentioned in HH’s book) –Why mention the bed? –1 Chr.5:1, Reuben “defiled father’s bed” –How? (Gen. 35:22)

10 Where Is The Adultery? Scriptural definition – Not:Scriptural definition – Not: –(1) the divorce –(2) the remarriage (legal ceremony) According to Some – Not:According to Some – Not: –(1) the first physical union –(2) subsequent physical unions Why did the Lord even talk about it?Why did the Lord even talk about it?

11 III Are Aliens Amenable? Def.: responsible, answerable. E.g.: –Lk.10:17, even demons… They did not have to accept the preaching of the seventy to be subject to their message. They were amenable to the law of the Lord

12 If God’s marriage law does not apply to non-Christians… 1.then alien sinners can divorce and remarry as many times as they wish 2.when they obey the gospel, they must remain with their current spouse

13 God’s marriage law applies to all people Non-saintsNon-saints, Mk.6:17-18 (not lawful…) –Herod was not a Jew; what law did he violate? 1 Co.5: Co.6:9-11 SaintsSaints, 1 Co.5:11-13 Non-marriedNon-married, 1 Co.7:8-9 MarriedMarried, 1 Co.7:10

14 Mt.28:18, universal authority Lk.23:7, of Herod’s jurisdiction [authority over a territory] –Some try to limit Jesus Mk.16:15-16, gospel … every creature Lk.1:32, throne: position of power and authority; to rule (L-N, 37.71) –David ruled Israel His authority extended to other nations (1 Chr.18:11)

15 Lk.19:11-27 Nobleman (Christ), Two groups: –(1) servants (good and bad) –(2) enemies, 14, 27 All subject to His law, whether they want to be or not! –Ps.110:2

16 Ro.4:15, no law – no transgression If aliens are w/o law, how could they be sinners? (Ct. 1 Co.6:9-10!) oneHb.8:7-13, one covenant, not two –The old covenant was limited; Christ’s is universal

17 Mt.19 includes non-Christians in the beginning4-6, Jesus bypassed old law and appealed to God’s purpose “in the beginning” Male and femaleMale and female, 4 (not limited to Christians) ManMan, 5 (not limited to Christians) WhoeverWhoever, 9 (not limited to Christians)


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