Insight on Matthew 19:7-9

Divorce and Remarriage

Among Netzarim, divorce and remarriage is clearly defined by Maran Yeshua. Maran was asked why separation between a husband and wife was permitted in the time of Moses. Yeshua stated, “Moses, considering the hardness of your heart, gave you permission to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it was not so.” (Mattai 19:7-8) In other words, Mshikha said that Moses knew of the condition of the Israelites hearts at the time, and how they would react to particular regulations if they were to be written in the Torah. They were given a reprieve because of their lack of full knowledge and understanding at the time. However, Yeshua also makes it clear that such permission was not originally part of the Father’s plans, when He said, “but from the beginning it was not so.”

Maran Yeshua instructed the disciples that divorce is only permitted due to one of the marriage partners committing adultery. Traditionally within the Orthodox Netzarim, this is understood to mean “unfaithfulness” both in sexual improprieties and breaking the marriage vows. The latter can take place when one of the spouses is abusive to the other, or to the children. If the problem can not be resolved from a scriptural standpoint, then after investigation by the proper religious authorities within the Assembly, a divorce may be granted based on the evidence.

Yeshua said that if someone marries a divorced person that did not receive a divorce due to adultery, he or she is committing further adultery. “Whoever leaves his wife without a charge of adultery and marries another commits adultery; and he who marries a woman thus separated commits adultery.” (vs. 9)

May YHWH bless you,

Chayim bar Ya’aqub

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