Bible Study: God on Divorce

 

 Matthew 19:1-12

Why do you think divorce is so prevalent in our society today?

If everyone lived a righteous life, would there still be divorce? Explain. What does your answer then say about divorce?

Before we get further in the study, how do you think the church should respond to divorce and deal with it in the life of the Church?

Describe the ideal marriage.

What do you think Jesus means by calling a married couple “one flesh?”

What was the Pharisee’s intention on asking Jesus about divorce? Were they truly interested in His opinion?

How does Deuteronomy 24:1-4 correlate to what Jesus is teaching?

What do you think God means by “some indecency” in the Deuteronomy text?

In His argument, Jesus uses Genesis 1:27 and Malachi 2:10-16 to make His case. Why did he avoid Deuteronomy 24….or did He?

How could the people’s hardness of heart allow Moses to allow divorce? Was this right for Moses to do? Explain verse 8.

What makes marriage sacred? Is it only sacred when done by an ordained minister? How about those who become ordained in 15 minutes over the internet? Can anyone do it?

Why do you believe that sexual immorality (marital unfaithfulness) was given as the only reason for a divorce to be justified?

In your opinion, what qualifies as marital unfaithfulness (Pornia)?

Is divorce a refusal to obey God?

Should we treat the people who remarry without just cause and then marry again as adulterers? Verse 9

The disciples of Jesus seemed confused when they say to Jesus, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.” What does this say about the disciples belief in divorce?

What do you think Jesus meant by His response in verse 11?

What is Jesus saying by using the example of eunuchs in His argument?

Now that you have done this study, has your answer changed as to how the church should respond to divorce?

(Note:  Bible study materials are gathered from various resources, i.e. Bible.org)

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