Marriage and Divorce in Matthew 19:3-9

1 year ago

The Pharisees wanted to know where Yeshua stood on divorce, whether he would side with Hillel who said a man could divorce his wife for any cause or with Shammai who said divorce was only allowed for serious offenses. Yeshua's views were frequently closer to Hillel's but, in this case, he was firmly on Hillel's side. God's Law as given through Moses explicitly allows divorce for sexual immorality, but that right shouldn't be exercised until all other options have been exhausted. God hates divorce, just like he hates death, but both are still necessary in extreme cases. Yeshua's main point was this: God instituted marriage. Don't treat it casually. If you love God, then you will protect and cultivate your marriage.

From Jay Carper at American Torah (

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