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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Marriage and Divorce by a Sister in the Lord. Enjoy the Study

What the Word of God has to say about  Divorce And Remarriage 
Proverbs 4:23 says Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
So we go to God’s Word before we determine what we’re going to believe.

(Scriptures we will cover:  Deut 24:1-4; Malachi 2:16; Matt 1:19; Matt 5: 31,32; 7:21,22; Matt 19:3-9; Mk 10:2-12; Lk 16:18; Rom 7:2; 1 Cor 7)
While the world continually minimizes sin and looks for new ways to re-define iniquity so as to make it less severe or important, may we the people of God exercise care to know exactly what Jesus is saying in Matthew 19 about divorce and remarriage.

Deuteronomy 24:1-4 "When a man has taken a wife and married her, and it happens that she finds no favor in his eyes, because he has found some uncleanness in her, then let him write her a bill of divorce (keriythuwth H3748), and put it in her hand, and send her out (shalach H7971) of his house.  And when she has departed from his house, she goes and becomes another man's." 3 and the second husband hates her and writes her a bill of divorce (keriythuwth H3748) and puts it in her hand and sends her out (shalach H7971) of his house; or if the second husband dies, he who took her to be his wife" 4 her former husband, who sent her away (shalach H7971) may not take her again to be his wife after she is defiled. For that is an abomination before God. And you shall not cause the land to sin, which your God gives you for an inheritance."
Note the word uncleanness in the last verse. Keep it in mind for Matthew 19:3, the Pharisees use the phrase "for any reason". The base meaning of the Hebrew word translated uncleanness ('ervah) means nudity. In this case the woman has uncovered herself from her headship, her husband.

In the Hebrew Scriptures “divorce” defined  in [Strong's H7971 - shalach  to be sent off, be put away, be divorced, to send away or out or forth, dismiss, give over, cast out, to let go, set free]
Malachi 2:16 (NKJV) "For the LORD, the God of Israel, says That He hates (the putting away (shalach H7971)[divorce], for it covers one's garment with violence," Says the LORD of hosts. "Therefore take heed to your spirit, that you deal not deceitfully."
God made one Eve for one Adam. Yet God could have made another Eve. But he made but one woman for one man so that the children might be made a seed to serve Him. Husbands and wives must live in the fear of God, that their seed may be a godly seed.
The God of Israel saith that he hates putting away(divorce). Those who would be kept from sin, must guard their spirits. Men will find that their wrong conduct in their families springs from selfishness, which disregards the welfare and happiness of the rest.

In the New Testament “divorce” is defined in (Strong's G630 - apolyō ("to release") is specifically used of divorcing a marital partner (Mt 1:19, 5:31,32, 19:7-9 – parallels at Mk 10:2-12; Lk 16:18); ("to loose, release") – properly, to let go; release (discharge), dismiss. This term implies the release (annulment) of an existing bond.
Release or divorce : to let go free, release, used of divorce, to dismiss from the house, to repudiate, to let go, dismiss, (to detain no longer), to give liberty to depart.

Mat 1:19 NIV  "Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her(Mary) to public disgrace, he had in mind to put her away (apolýō - divorce) quietly."
G630 apolýō ("to loose, release") – properly, to let go; release (discharge), dismiss. This term implies the release (annulment) of an existing bond.
Unfaithfulness During the Betrothal Period. Matt 1:13 Unlike modern engagement, the Jewish betrothal was a legal contract that was as binding as marriage (Deut 20:7; 22:24). If the betrothed proved unfaithful prior to the consummation of the marriage, legal action could be taken and divorce could be obtained. Following this custom, when Joseph discovered that Mary was expecting a child while betrothed to him, he planned to put her away-divorce her quietly rather than exposing her to public disgrace (Matt 1:18, 19).

Mat 5:31 NKJV "Furthermore it has been said, 'Whoever puts away (apolýō G630) his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce (apostasion G647).'"
Mat 5:32 NKJV "But I say to you that whoever puts away (apolýō G630) his wife for any reason except for (porneia) sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is put away (apolýō G630)[divorced] commits adultery."

The words porneia and moichaō are both used in this verse, showing that they are not equal. If they were equal, only one of the words would have been necessary. As it is, the verse uses both words as a way of showing the difference between the two. If Jesus meant adultery, He surely would have used the term for adultery -- moichaō. He was not using terms carelessly, especially in disputing with legal experts.

Modern translations present a mistranslation of porneia in Matthew 5:32 and 19:9. The meaning of porneia is required by the context to mean something more restrictive than general unchastity, something other than adultery, something which allows Jesus' teaching on lifelong marriage to cause surprise to Jesus' disciples.
Mat 19:10 His disciples said to Him, “If such is the case of the man with his wife, it is better not to marry.”
The disciples understood that Jesus had virtually closed the door on divorce. To all practical intents and purposes, Jesus was teaching that divorce was not available! And if you couldn’t get divorced, no matter how bad your wife turned out to be, it was better NOT TO GET MARRIED thought the disciples! So whatever Jesus meant by His so-called exception clause, it clearly wasn’t an easy exit from an unhappy marriage.
And the disciples were shocked by the very limited nature of this “exception.” They lived among a “wicked and adulterous generation” where divorce was common. Jesus had just ended such human options!  This passage appears in the so-called Sermon on the Mount. (Matt 5:20-32)
Jesus has been explaining how we are to live by the SPIRIT of the law, not just by the LETTER. In leading up to His comments about divorce, Jesus SETS THE STANDARD for us as believers — as His followers. He states, “For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall EXCEED THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE SCRIBES AND PHARISEES, ye shall in NO CASE enter into the kingdom of heaven,” Matthew 5:20. Jesus is quite blunt here. If we live only according to the standards and values of the Pharisees and scribes WE WON’T BE IN GOD’S KINGDOM!
Jesus then takes a number of illustrations, to show EXACTLY WHAT HE MEANS.
Firstly, He mentions how “in olden times” they were told not to murder. Now, says Jesus, I AM SAYING to you not even to GET ANGRY without a good reason! A much higher standard than taught by the Pharisees!
Then Jesus refers to adultery. That was forbidden “in olden times,” but now, says Jesus, I AM TELLING you, don’t even LOOK LUSTFULLY at a woman. Again, a much higher standard than would be taught by the Pharisees.
Then Jesus comes to the topic of divorce. You heard, “in olden times,” said Jesus, that any divorce had to be acknowledged with formal, legal documentation, but now I AM TEACHING you there is to be NO DIVORCE (unless for porneia). Whatever Jesus meant, it must obviously be a MUCH HIGHER STANDARD than the Pharisees taught.
The whole point of Jesus’ teaching in verses 20-32 of Matthew 5 is to illustrate, with real examples, just HOW His teachings far exceed the “righteousness” of the Pharisees. Many of the Pharisees taught that divorce was permissible only for adultery and sex sin in marriage (the school of Shammai, for example). Whatever Jesus’ teaching was, it was clearly of a far higher standard than this.

Notice how the Pharisees begin talking about putting away a wife and then switch to a certificate of divorce.
Mat 19:3 NKJV "The Pharisees also came to Him (Jesus), testing Him, and saying to Him, "Is it lawful for a man to put away (apolýō G630)[divorce] his wife for just any reason?" 4 And He answered and said to them, "Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning 'made them male and female,' 5 and said, 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? 6 So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate."
He had told them bluntly, “Get in line with God’s purpose from the beginning and STOP SEPARATING!”
The instructions in Mark 10:2-12; Luke 16:18, Romans and 1Corinthians 7, are very plain. NO DIVORCE.
Notice that Jesus correctly answered their question based on the Law.
A put away wife without a bill of divorcement was merely separated from her husband-they were still married.
Now the Pharisees change the subject to divorce.
Mat 19:7 NKJV They said to Him, "Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce (apostasion G647), and to put her away (apolýō G630)?"

In verse 8 he answers their question.
Mat 19:8 NKJV He said to them, "Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to put away (apolýō G630)[divorce] your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. Jesus overrides the Mosaic concession and its rabbinic interpretations by pointing back to the great marriage charter of Genesis. In view of the fact that in the beginning when God established marriage, divorce was not permitted, for a husband or a wife to divorce his/her spouse means to act against the will of the Creator for marriage.

What is a hardened heart? A heart that is not softened, mellowed, gentle, and open.
When we find something offensive in someone else. What do we want to do? We want to criticize and complain, even attack, or avoid and reject that person. This is the natural feeling of the heart when we find something offensive in someone else. We object to it, protest it, criticize it, put it down, and we reject the person because of it.

This is the word of Peter to husbands: "Husbands, dwell with your wives according to knowledge," (1 Peter 3:7 KJV). That is, do not merely react to them; understand why they are acting the way they are. Dwell with them according to knowledge: give affection to them, honor them, share yourself with them, understand them, restore them, love them.

This is what a marriage is for -- to provide opportunity to work out the problem areas, the difficulties, the offensive occasions which arise

What does the softening of the heart involve? A heart is always soft when it recognizes its inability to handle a situation, and relies upon the wisdom and power of God.

The real issue, the real question, is not how to get a divorce; the real question is:
Why maintain a marriage? This is what we ought to know.
Mat 19:4 "From the beginning of creation, 'God made them male and female.'"
He made them to be distinct and different sexes. This was no afterthought. The whole creative process, beginning with the very first day of creation, was aimed at that one great fact. He made them male and female, made them biologically and psychologically different one from the other. This is what he wanted.
The point Jesus makes is that God has done it. He has made the distinctions, they are different, they do not react the same. But spiritually men and women are identical.
"'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one.' So they are no longer two but one."
"For this reason" -- what reason? They were made male and female -- in order that ultimately they might be joined together and become one. This is what God had in mind in making them male and female in the beginning.
Our Lord makes clear that marriage is the highest relationship possible in life. It takes priority over all others. Closer even that the ties of blood is that of marriage, in the mind and heart of God. "A man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife."
It is a closer relationship than that to any children who follow.
A man is closer to his wife, and a wife to her husband, than they will ever be to their children. That is the way it would ultimately work out best. It is the goal God had in mind when God made man and woman in the beginning.

What then is the purpose in marriage? It is to become one, as Jesus said. This is what marriages are for, what they are all about. Two people, who are distinct, and different individuals, with different personalities, different gifts, blending their lives so together that through the process of the years they become one flesh -- that is what marriage is.

It is not something that happens instantaneously when you get married.
The wedding service does not make you one. The first act of sex after marriage does not make you one. It begins the process, but it does not finish it.  Marriage is the process of two people becoming one.

Marriage is not going your separate ways, and having your separate careers, and merely sharing a house and a bed together. Nor are they to split up over every problem or difficulty that arises between them; they are to work them out. They are not to separate; they are to choose to be together, to spend the rest of their lives together, in order that they might merge their lives together. Therefore they stop being rivals and start to become partners.
A successful marriage, therefore, is not one without problems; it is one where the problems are being worked out, where the husband and wife do not split but stick together, face up to their problems, discover the hardness of heart that is there, and learn how God can soften it. In other words, it is a process, not a single production.
It is a pilgrimage, not a six weeks' performance. It is intended to be a public portrayal.
It is a life-long contract.
So our Lord concludes here with a word of warning, Verses 9-12:
What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder (separate).
Whoever divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery." (Mark 10:9-12 RSV)
Jesus lifts the whole matter far beyond the prevailing Jewish view of marriage.
It was only the husband who could divorce his wife. But in our Lord's words here, they are on an equal basis.
And he indicates sexual inmorality, destroys the work God has been doing by building oneness in a marriage. You see, the phrase, "What God has joined together" does not refer to a wedding service; it refers to what has been going on in the marriage.
God has been blending two people -- sometimes against their wishes, sometimes with great pain and trouble -- but he has been putting their lives together. He has been doing it. That is why He has taken them through the trials and conflicts they have gone through. He has been using one against the other to break down their resistance, and reveal the hard places in their hearts, and to soften them, and make them into the people he intended them to be. God has been at work in the marriage.
He is building a miracle, he is making a union out of two, as a picture of what he wants to do for all of humanity. This is why sexual infidelity, breaks that work of God, brings it to an end.
Divorce is a violation of God's intention for marriage. And it always involves some form of sin.
Marriage is God's way of putting two lives together to produce a oneness that will be a testimony to the whole world of the grace and the power of God to change human lives. He can soften hearts, and remove hardness, and change people into what they ought to be.

In verse 9 Jesus teaches the Pharisees more about the "putting away".
Matt. 19:9 And I say to you, whoever (puts away - divorces) his wife, except for immorality (porneia), and marries another woman commits adultery (moichaō)".
So Matthew in chapter 5 and in chapter 19 is needing to prohibit all remarriage after divorce (as taught by Jesus) and yet to allow for "divorces" like the one Joseph contemplated toward his betrothed whom he thought guilty of fornication (porneia).
[The breakup of an engaged couple (betrothed) over fornication is not an evil "divorce" and does not prohibit remarriage.]
Matthew's record of Jesus' birth in Matthew 1:18-20. When as his mother Mary was espoused (betrothed or engaged) to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph HER HUSBAND, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away (divorce) privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary THY WIFE: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.”
Joseph and Mary are said to be HUSBAND (aner)  and WIFE (gunaika) even BEFORE they were married!
Yet they are described as only being betrothed to each other. This is probably owing to the fact that the words for husband and wife are simply man and woman/male &female and to the fact that betrothal was a much more significant commitment then than engagement is today. In verse 19 Joseph resolves "to put her away(divorce)." Presumably on account of her porneia, fornication.
Then was Joseph about to make Mary an adulteress? You can't make unmarried women adulteresses.

Matt 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.
This is the first place where the two words are used separately in a list.
If porneia (fornications) included moichaō (adulteries) in its definition, it would have used only the one word, porneia. Listing porneia and moichaō separately completely destroys the myth that porneia includes moichaō within its definition.

Galatians 5:19 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery (moichaō), fornication (porneia), uncleanness, lasciviousness.” See also Matthew 5:32, Matthew 19:9, Mark 7:21, Hebrews 13:4.
Mark 7:21, 22  For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.
This is another place where adultery and fornication (moichaō and porneia) are
listed separately.
In this passage Jesus uses two important Greek words, porneia and moichaō.
 But what does PORNEIA mean? The Greek word PORNEIA has a very broad meaning and includes illicit sexual behavior such as prostitution, homosexuality, lesbianism, incest, premarital sex and bestiality.
The Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament states, PORNEIA means "prostitution, unchastity, fornication," and is used "of every kind of unlawful sexual intercourse". Since in Rom. 1:26  Paul clearly alludes to homosexuality as sexual immorality, PORNEAI can also refer to homosexuality as sexual immorality . . .
Porneia in Old Testament times had strong associations with harlotry. The term is rooted in a word meaning "to sell" and referred originally to prostitutes and prostitution. Over time it came to mean the one who visits a prostitute ("a whoremonger").
1 Thessalalonians 4:3 KJV "For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication (Greek porneia -"whoredoms").

Porneia may, of course, denote different forms of forbidden sexual relations, but we can find no examples of the use of this word to denote a wife's adultery. Under these circumstances we can hardly assume that this word means adultery in the clauses in Matthew. The distinction between what was to be regarded as porneia and what was to be regarded as moichaō was very strictly maintained in pre-Christian Jewish literature and in the N.T.
In the Sermon on the Mount, our Lord told His disciples Matthew 5:32 “But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except it be for [fornication (porneia)] causes her to commit adultery (moichaō); and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.

The Lord permits divorce only for "porneia." This Greek word generally means unlawful sexual intercourse due to either blood relations (incest) or nonsacramental unions. The Lord does not permit divorce for "moichaō" (adultery).
Porneia is an inclusive Greek term that would include sex outside of marriage.
1 Corinthians 6:9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither FORNICATORS, nor idolaters, nor ADULTERERS, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,
Make no mistake, these sins are punishable.
Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
Therefore, we conclude that Fornication and Adultery share the following:
The "Act of Fornication" and the "Act of Adultery" both are characterized by being committed by the unrighteous. Both are condemned under "The Mosaic Law." Both are condemned under "The Age of Grace"(the New Testament.) God says He will judge them both.
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The Samaritan woman:
Jhn 4:18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. [She had been married five times; the easy divorce laws of the age, permitting a divorce for any cause.
First, if she was able to land 5 husbands, then she was far from an outcast. Either her husbands were dying or divorcing, but she was having no trouble getting a new husband; clearly not the image of a woman outcast from society.
Nor is it likely that a woman of so bad a life should have had so much influence with the people of her city that they should, on her testimony, John 4:39-42, believe Jesus to be the Messiah.

Paul’s treatment of the divorce question in 1 Corinthians 7:10-16 is most significant because it reveals how the teaching of Jesus on divorce was understood and applied to marital situations in the apostolic church. Paul begins the chapter by setting forth some general principles about marriage.
1. To avoid the temptation to sexual immorality, "each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband" (1 Cor 7:2).
2. Both husband and wife should fulfill their respective conjugal rights (1 Cor 7:3-5).
3. The unmarried and the widows who have the gift of celibacy should remain single as himself (1 Cor 7:7-8).
4. Next Paul discusses three different divorce situations:
 (1) Divorce of Two Believers. Paul first speaks to married believers who might consider divorce as a means to resolve their marital conflicts: "To the married I give charge, not I but the Lord, that the wife should not separate (Strong's G5563 - chōrizō - separate)    from her husband (but if she does, let her remain single or else be reconciled to her  husband)—and that the husband should not (Strong's G863 - aphiēmi - put away -     divorce) his wife" (1 Cor 7:10-11).
Paul used the verb chorizo ("to separate") rather than the normal verb for divorce “apolýō” used by Jesus. By recommending a legal separation-type of divorce, Paul respects the spirit of Christ’s teaching while at the same time providing protection for the believing wife until a reconciliation with her husband can be realized.

Paul recognizes, however, that human nature is perverse and that even a believing husband or wife can make marriage intolerable for the other partner. A spouse who is out of fellowship with God can become intolerant, abusive, unfaithful, domineering, inconsiderate. Undoubtedly, Paul had run into situations of this kind and recognizes that sometimes separation may be inevitable. However, if separation becomes a necessity, Paul leaves Christian partners with two options: (1) to remain permanently unmarried, or (2) to be reconciled to one’s partner.
It is important to note that Paul appeals to the teaching of Jesus ("not I but the Lord") in ruling against the possibility of divorce for a Christian couple.

(2) Divorce of a Believer and an Unbeliever, where the unbeliever does not want to divorce, 1Cr 7:13 And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.

(3) Divorce of a Believer and an Unbeliever1 Cor 7:15: If the unbelieving partner desires to separate, let it be so; in such a case the brother or sister is not bound. For God has called us to peace.
It does not mean that when a believer is deserted by an unbelieving spouse he or she is free to remarry. It means that the believer is not bound to fight in order to preserve togetherness. Separation is permissible if the unbelieving partner insists on it.
There are several reasons why the phrase "is not bound" should not be construed to mean "is free to remarry."  Marriage is an ordinance of creation binding on all of God's human creatures, irrespective of their faith or lack of faith.
The word used for "bound" (douloo: to make a slave of, reduce to bondage) in verse 15 is not the same word used in verse 39 where Paul says, "A wife is bound (deo: to be bound to one, a wife, a husband) to her husband as long as he lives." Paul consistently uses deo when speaking of the legal aspect of being bound to one marriage partner (Romans 7:2; l Corinthians 7:39), or to one's betrothed (l Corinthians 7:27). But when he refers to a deserted spouse not being bound (G1402- douloó) in l Corinthians 7:15, he chooses a different word, which we would expect him to do if he were not giving a deserted spouse the same freedom to remarry that he gives to a spouse whose partner has died (verse 39).
"Not under bondage" really simply explains "let him depart" (v15) and is the opposite of "dwelling with" them (v12,13). Stay with your companion and fulfill your marital obligations if he/she is satisfied. But if your mate is so bitter against your service to Christ that he cannot stand to be around you, God does not require you to cling to them refusing to let them go. And especially, do not compromise your service to God to get them to stay. This would be a form of slavery in which God does not require his people to be enslaved.
1 Cor 7:15 …"God has called us to peace," Paul is saying that a deserted partner is not "bound to make war" on the deserting unbeliever to get him or her to stay. God has called us to the peace of marital harmony. Therefore, if the unbelieving partner insists on departing, then the believing partner is not bound to live in perpetual conflict with the unbelieving spouse, but is free and innocent in letting him or her go.
This interpretation also preserves a closer harmony to the intention of verses 10-11, where an inevitable separation does not result in the right of remarriage.
Verse 16 (“For how do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?) is an argument that you can’t know, and so should not make the hope of saving them a ground for fighting to make them stay. This supports the understanding of verse 15 as a focus on not being enslaved to stay together.

Nothing in the context implies the Christian may remarry. The subject of remarriage is not discussed in v12-24. V10,11 has already settled the issue of remarriage by forbidding it. The conclusion harmonizes with v10,11 and with Matt. 19:9; it does not contradict.

Instructions to Unmarried and Widowed
1 Corinthians 7:27-28: Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek marriage. 28 But if you marry, you do not sin, and if a virgin marries, she does not sin.
The reference in verse 27 to being bound to a "wife" may be misleading because it may suggest that the man is already married. But in Greek the word for wife is simply "woman" and may refer to a man's betrothed as well as his spouse. The context dictates that the reference is to a man's betrothed virgin, not to his spouse. So "being bound" and "being loosed" have reference to whether a person is betrothed or not.

It does not teach the right of divorced persons to remarry. It teaches that betrothed virgins should seriously consider the life of singleness, but do not sin if they marry.
It is significant that the verb Paul uses for "loosed" (luo) or "free" is not a word that he uses for divorce. Paul's words for divorce arechorizo’ (to separate, divide, part, put asunder, to separate one's self from, to depart, go away -1 Cor 7: 10,11,15; Matt 19:6; and aphiemi - to leave  1 Cor 7:11,12,13 - to send away, to bid going away or depart of a husband divorcing his wife, to send forth, yield up, to expire, to let go, let alone, let be.

In 1 Cor 7:27 Paul asks, "Are you free (literally: loosed) from a wife?" Some assume that he means, "Are you divorced?" Thus he would be saying in verse 28 that it is not sin when divorced people remarry. This interpretation is most unlikely.
Because 1 Cor 7:25 signals that Paul is beginning a new section and dealing with a new issue. He says, "Now concerning the virgins (parthenos) I have no command of the Lord, but I give my opinion as one who by the Lord's mercy is trustworthy."
Paul has already dealt with the problem of divorced people in 1 Cor 7:10-16.
Now he takes up a new issue about those who are not yet married, and he signals this by saying, "Now concerning the virgins." Therefore, it is unlikely that the people referred to in verses 27 and 28 are divorced.
The statement that it is not sin for divorced people to be remarried (v28) would contradict v11, where he said that a woman who has separated from her husband should remain single.
Verse 36 is surely describing the same situation in view in verses 27 and 28, but clearly refers to a couple that is not yet married. "If anyone thinks that he is not behaving properly toward his virgin, if his passions are strong, and it has to be, let him do as he wishes: let them marry—it is no sin." This is the same as v28 where Paul says, "But if you marry, you do not sin."

Conclusions and Applications
In the New Testament the question about remarriage after divorce is not determined by:
The guilt or innocence of either spouse,
Nor by whether either spouse is a believer or not,
Nor by whether the divorce happened before or after either spouse's conversion,
Nor by the ease or difficulty of living as a single parent for the rest of life on earth,
Nor by whether there is adultery or desertion involved,
Nor by the on-going reality of the hardness of the human heart,
Nor by the cultural permissiveness of the surrounding society.
Rather it is determined by the fact that:
Marriage is a "one-flesh" relationship of divine establishment and significance in the eyes of God (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5; Mark 10:8),
Only God, not man, can end this one-flesh relationship (Matthew 19:6; Mark 10:9—this is why remarriage is called adultery by Jesus: he assumes that the first marriage is still binding, (Matthew 5:32; Luke 16:18; Mark 10:11),
God ends the one-flesh relationship of marriage only through the death of one of the spouses (Romans 7:1-3; and 1 Corinthians 7:39 A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord -  only to one who is a believer.)

The grace and power of God are promised and sufficient to enable a trusting, divorced believer to be single all this earthly life if necessary (Matt 19:10-12,26; 1 Cor 10:13). 
Temporal frustrations and disadvantages are much to be preferred over the disobedience of remarriage).
By God's design, a wife is to be the special object of her husband's love and care. As "a weaker vessel" (1 Pet. 3:7 ), she is under his authority and protection. But if a woman loses her husband, she is often left without any means of financial support. Such women are under God's special care. The psalmist said the Lord is "a defender of widows"
(Ps. 68:5, NIV; Deut. 10:18). God's compassion goes out to them because of their difficult situation.

The Bible clearly says that widows and widowers are free to remarry. (Widows such as Abigail, Ruth and Abraham remarried when their spouses died.)

The early church, the messianic community, defined the essence of true religion as demonstrating compassion to the poor and needy, in particular the widow and the orphans (
James 1:27). A special fund was instituted for widows (Acts 6:1-6) and as the church matured, younger widows were urged to remarry while a special class of widows was maintained economically ( 1 Tim 5:3-16 ).  The church as Christ's body was impelled to provide for faithful, righteous, elderly widows who had no family support.
Paul’s lengthy section on widows (1 Tim. 5:3-16) shows the importance of the subject.  He gave several principles to govern the church's conduct toward widows.

1 Timothy 5:3-10 Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need.
4 But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God.
5 She that is a widow indeed. Has neither husband nor children, and is left desolate. Having no earthly trust, she trusts in God, and shows this by her devout life; as the widow has placed her hope in God and devotes herself to petitions and prayers night and day;
[as Anna did in Luke 2:36  And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, 37 and then as a widow until she was eighty-four.e She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day.]
6 But the widow who lives for pleasure (self-indulgent, lives a wanton, loose, and licentious life, serving divers lusts and pleasures) is dead (spiritually dead, is no longer a living member of the Church of Christ) even while she lives.
8 Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. [Jesus Himself gave an example of providing for one's own.  John 19 tells us that when Jesus, hanging on the cross, "saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home" (vv. 26-27). Jesus deeply cared about Mary so He entrusted her to the apostle John's care.]
9  No widow should be placed on the official support list unless she is at least 60 years old, has been the wife of one husband, 10 and is well known for good works--that is, if she has brought up children, shown hospitality, washed the saints' feet, helped the afflicted, and devoted herself to every good work. [In a way, the church was compensating such women for the kingdom work they performed--a resume of sorts, showing her lifetime of prudent and godly living.]  11 As for younger widows, do not put them on such a list. For when their sensual desires overcome their dedication to Christ, they want to marry. 12 Having condemnation because they have cast off their first faith. [It was doubted as to whether a young widow could truly dedicate the rest of her life to God and the church, rejecting all possibility of remarrying. Paul isn't condemning young widows for wanting to get married, only observing that many unmarried women are so hungry for marriage and companionship that they don't conduct themselves in a godly way in regard to relationships.  14 So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, manage their households, and give the adversary no occasion for slander. 15 For some have already strayed after Satan. 16 If any believing woman has relatives who are widows, let her care for them. Let the church not be burdened, so that it may care for those who are truly widows.

Those who are already remarried:
1. Should acknowledge that the choice to remarry and the act of entering a second marriage was sin, and confess it as such and seek forgiveness.
2. They should not attempt to return to the first partner after entering a second union
     (Deut 24:1-4).
3. Second marriages have significant standing in God's eyes. That is, there were promises made and there has been a union formed. It should not have been formed, but it was. It is not to be taken lightly. Promises are to be kept, and the union is to be sanctified to God. While not the ideal state, staying in a second marriage should not be looked on as adulterous.

Porneia can have different meanings, which need to be understood IN CONTEXT:
1 Corinthians 5:1 “It is reported commonly that there is fornication (porneia) among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife.” 
Here porneia obviously does not mean homosexuality … or bestiality … or harlotry. If the couple were “married” it would be an example of incest, a close family relationship such as forbidden in Leviticus 18:8. If the young man were not married, then he would be guilty of fornication.
1Corinthians 7:1-2  “It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication (porneia), let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband”
In this context, Paul is telling the unmarried to get married. In other words, to avoid the temptation of pre-marital sex. In this passage porneia clearly means FORNICATION.

 John 8:39-41 “They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. You do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication (porneia); we have one Father, even God,” . Here the Jews are denying that they are illegitimate — the offspring of an unmarried woman who had committed fornication.
Revelation 9:20-21 “And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication (porneia), nor of their thefts,”
In the CONTEXT, the term porneia here must apply to sexual immorality in its widest sense.
So the point is clear. Porneia has a range of meanings, and it is the context that gives us the understanding.

In the final analysis, we have to determine which meaning of porneia is appropriate FROM THE CONTEXT. The context means not just the IMMEDIATE CONTEXT, but also the intent and purpose of the WHOLE OF SCRIPTURE and God’s overall purpose. EVERYTHING must fit together in perfect harmony.
The intent is clear. Jesus said, DON’T PUT AWAY!
Any other explanation — allowing termination of a God-bound marriage after ten or twenty years — contradicts the PLAIN TEACHING of Mark, Luke, Romans and 1 Corinthians 7. It becomes acceptable to be a covenant-breaker.
Paul was not talking about Greek or Roman civil law. Rather, he was talking about God's law, biblical law, the Ten Commandments, the Bible.
The word translated as "sexual immorality" in the New King James Version of
Matthew 5:32 and 19:9 is the Greek word porneia. The King James Translation uses the word "fornication" every time the Greek word porneia is found. Other versions of the Bible translate this word in a variety of ways.

The message of the Bible is consistent:
Genesis 2:24 implies that marriage is permanent. Couples may decide to separate, and even obtain a civil divorce. However their original marriage covenant remains in force. They must either reconcile or remain separate and celibate until one dies.



















Welcome to All of God's People and Who Are Seaching!

I Believe in the Whole bible. That God Created the Heavens & the Earth, That the prophets of Old spoke of the Messiah, That Yeshua (Jesus) is the Messiah. That God gave his only begotten son that whose so ever believes in him should have everlasting life (John 3:16). The Bible says that we are to Hate the Things that God Hates and Love the things that the Lord has for us. We are to love one another as Christ loves the Church.

God Loved us that He Gave His only son.. I can not imagine giving my son for the sins of the World. But, Jesus Went to the Cross Willing. He laid his life down because we are lost and alone with out him.

Well, I hope you are encouraged to seek God and desire all that he has to offer.

Prayer for All Belivers

This prayer is from Colossians 1:9. Prayer from the word of God is a very powerful way to move God's hand. Where ever there are blanks put your love ones name or a fellow believer's name. Hope this helps.


Prayer for Believers

I ask that _______________________ may be filled with the knowledge of Your will O'Lord! in all wisdom and spiritual understanding that ____________ may walk worthy of You O'Lord fully pleasing You, Jesus being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened them with all Your might. According to Your glorious power. For all patience, longsuffering with joy. Giving thanks to God our father who has qualified ______________ to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in you Christ our Lord. You Lord have delivered them from the power of darkness and brought them into your kingdom in whom we have redemption through Your Blood.
Amen

Coming Together For Israel!

Let us Come and Pray Together for the Peace of Jersulaem as we are Commanded in the Scripture.

Psalm 122:5-7 (NIV)

5 There the thrones for judgment stand,
the thrones of the house of David.

6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
"May those who love you be secure.

7 May there be peace within your walls
and security within your citadels."


MY PRAYER FOR ALL BELIEVERS IN JESUS CHRIST

Come Lets us Exalt HIS Name together in prayer and worship! Let us give thanks to the God Above for his Loving Kindness and his gentle Mercies....Greatly Rejoice with me in the Lord for he has clothed us with his garments of salvation. You shall be given a crown of Glory and you shall be called a new name which the mouth of the Lord will name(Isaiah 62). For the Lord Delights in you!

For in these times ahead we are to encourage one another and be strong in the power of HIS might! I pray for each and everyone you today. Let the Peace of God be with you and on you. I encourage you to stay in HIS Word and be mindful of who we are in Christ.

For it is time, the Lord is Coming! We are in our Last Days. Let our light so shine brightly as the days become darker. Pray today for your President and Pray that the Lord's Will be done in his (President) Life and Our Lives.

God Weeps for the Lost. He Longs for the ones who have once called him Father! Come He says to those who have forgotten what the Lord Has Done. Come He says to those who have followed Lies. Come and BE CLEANSED. He shall make you white as snow with HIS PRECIOUS BLOOD.

Rise All Those CALLED by HIS Name PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERSULAEM AND SAY COME LORD, JESUS COME!

May God Bless You and Keep You and May He Shine His Face Upon You And Give You Peace!
AMEN

God's Love Letter

Armor of God!