One flesh... Weekend of September 7th&8th, 2002
First, God the Father said this: Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. (Genesis 2:24) Then God the Son, the Lord Jesus said this: And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh. Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. (Matthew 19:5&6)
God has told us that our wives are not separate individuals, but part of us. Now, what He means by that is that we are to treat our wives as part of our own bodies. So, let's look at that for a moment.
If you hit your thumb with a hammer, you don't have the thumb amputated. If you get a speck in your eye, you don't have the eye removed, only the speck. But, if you have gangrene in your leg, you do have the leg removed to save the rest of the body from sure death.
So, when you and your wife argue about something big, like money problems, or your working late, or even her hitting you, it is not any excuse to divorce. But what is this gangrene that should cause you to remove part of your body?
It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery. (Matthew 5:31&32)
So, as far as God is concerned, once you are married, that's it, you are married till death do you part. Except for the cause of fornication, adultery. If you fornicate with any other than your wife, she can divorce you. If she fornicates with any besides you, you can divorce her. For in the eyes of God, fornicating with any other than your own wife or husband is the gangrene that calls for removal of that diseased limb or body part.
But, how does man look at adultery, fornicating with others than one legally married wife or husband? Well, adultery is not only no longer against man's laws, it can't even be used in man's divorce courts as a basis for the divorce or as a defense. Man's laws, by making adultery such a non offense, is condoning and encouraging the one thing that God finds unacceptable in marriage. Which leads us to our closing verses of Scripture for this weekend.
Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God. (3 John 1:11)
As time marches on and the ways of man separate more and more from the ways of God, we should keep in mind always the words or God written by the beloved Apostle John. For as the Lord has told us, we don't know when the end will come, either through death or Rapture, but, we had best be ready all of the time. That means separating yourself from the ways and rules of this world when they conflict with the ways and rules of God.
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (Matthew 6:24)
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