This seventh message on Biblical marriage explains God's lifelong plan for each couple. The covenant of marriage is a permanent earthly bond, only being broken when either the husband or the wife dies. In Matthew 19:3-12, Jesus responds to the Pharisees who were testing Him about divorce - attempting to ensnare Him. They laid a TRAP by asking question #1, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause at all?" - seeking to force Him to pick sides. In answer #1, Jesus uses Genesis 1 and 2 to clearly say "What therefore God has joined together let no man separate" - divorce is never God's will. Jesus then presents the TRUTH when they ask question #2, "Why then did Moses command to give her a certificate of divorce and send her away?" - blaming Him for approving broken marriages. He explains in Answer #2, "because of your hardness...Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way" - it protected wives, but it was not God's will. Finally, Jesus challenges His disciples to TRUST God by submitting/obeying. Their reaction was extreme, "If the relationship of the man with his wife is like this, it is better not to marry" - since marriage is permanent, avoid trouble/avoid marriage. But Jesus commanded them to give reception - unbelievers refuse to obey, but believers must "accept it".
Accurately teaching God's Word verse by verse for the purpose of equipping believers, Jack G. Ebner has served as pastor-teacher at Cascade Bible Church since 1990. Jack and his wife, Bev, have six children and two grandchildren.