The FaithOfJesus2 Daily Devotional


kjv@Revelation:14:12 @ Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

( FaithOfJesus thread begun by pcarr:RandyP )

Today's Verse:


kjv@Matthew:5:31 @ It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:

kjv@Matthew:5:32 @ 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.

Today's notes: Putting Away


Note: Jesus has already pointed to at least two vital flaws in the "what is right in our own eyes" religious course. His message to the masses has been and still remains "repent for the kingdom is at hand". Repent from what? In just a few short passages we have been asked to consider the evil that man is righteously capable of doing, the unexplainable draws and enticements upon man that defy oath and reasoning and justification, now the matters of importance that we are willing to detach/divorce ourselves from. When tied back to our initial consideration of what it takes for forty-two generations of well intending people to come to the solemn and absolute need for Christ of Jesus' divine nature, these then are the further considerations that we must place upon that.

What is man believing/doing?:

How easy it is under our own righteousness to detach ourselves, to divorce, to find both the desire and justification to walk away without regret nor guilt impeding. And it is not just so with marriage, it is true with our lives and life commitments as well. If for nothing else one must respect how Jesus masterfully uses the everyday and practical example to illustrate the greater spiritual principal at work behind it. So too it is with this example of divorce. It is not just about the divorce of married believers it is about the detachment from oath and obligation and spiritual responsibilities.

"It is not what I expected it would be", "It has become too much work", "Perhaps it never should have been", "This is not what I signed up for" is the common description. Little if any thought is ever given to what it is at cause for these expectations to have been falsely generated in the first place. This brings back to the consideration of what is right in our own eyes and the words and actions that occur in result of that.

What is making man to believe/do as he is doing?:

At another point in the gospels Jesus explains that Moses himself had loosened the divorce requirement of the Law because of the hardness of men's and women's hearts. This makes for an interesting consideration given that the Law was given originally to make our sinful nature known to us. Had the restriction not been loosened there was the likelihood that men would utterly rebel from the further requirements of the Law. Having loosened the restriction men's hearts only took the lesser restriction and reduced it even further. It becomes for us further proof that man is going to do what man is set out to do and that anything set against him doing that is going to be fiercely rebelled against. It also reeks with the declaration that man will even go as far as using scripture in order to do this. I would say that our sinful nature is more so revealed to us in this regard in that even when the Law's requirement is loosened we can not abide to follow it. This ugly human tendency is exactly why the synthesis of various human interpretations forming oral tradition is so so dangerous.

What we end up with in the end is official sanction to divorce one's self from the things that really needed to be done in a marriage to make it work, detach ourselves from the types of people that we needed to be, not handle the pressures of life with the spiritual discernment that needed to be there. It lends the opportunity to say "well it just didn't work out" even though we did not doing anything God had meant for us to do to make it work out; we did what was right in our own eyes thinking that it would be the same as what HE would have wanted. We can blame God then for being too strict and too distant then blame each other for not wanting to find HIS better will for us out. It is the same detachment we carry with us for every other daily matter.


It has been said that perhaps marriage is outdated. I would respond that it has been mankind's image of what a blessed and godly marriage should be has been astray from day one. Men and women see that corrupted image, point their course towards it, and somehow feel betrayed that the course they took led them only to loneliness and decay. No, they do not set out to end this way, they set out to do what they see as being right; what is right according to the corrupted (yet unbeknown to them) image each of them holds. What they see as being right is then the entire problem.

How much does God want to help us to better use our own resource verses have us boldly stepping out into His? How much did Peter need to walk on water? How much did Moses need to part the Red Sea? The woman to reach out to Christ's hem to close her issue of blood? Could they have managed their lives not having this experience? Certainly. Could they have gone on and been productive faith based people? Of course. Could they have become the type of people that they eventually became? We have to wonder. Is the "ye of little faith" little faith in our ability or is it the trust in His?

There are a great many scriptural examples of where a person was brought to the realization that their own ability was not going to get them to where God wanted them. Why then did God call them to get over to a place that was impossible for them to go? A great many married couples are at the realization here today. For them there is only one option left, divorce themselves from this painful situation. They can move on. They can resolve to do it better the next time. There is a time in each of our lives however that everything that seems right in our own eyes needs to be proven to be much less than what is right in God's. A time when in order to see what it is God's sees we need simply to trust and step out into HIS abundant but for this moment hidden resource. We call these times miracles, how much better to call them being shown who God actually is.

Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. Many are just looking for a way out and seek the church's consent. Other's started down a ill advised road and are now coming to live the consequences. Other's the church has never been a consideration and they are seeking the church's counsel because it is free and relatively unassuming. For many the spiritual inner workings of union/marriage are of little interest till all trouble breaks out, when they realize it all is beyond their resource. The problem is that church catches the blame regardless.
  2. The poor in spirit/mourning/meek/hungred/joyfully suffering couple who Christ is blessing and working on being congregated as a larger body of same mind to reflect His light/salt His earth/be a city unto His praise is becoming harder and harder to find because of the flood of divorce, the rash of lust and anger, the civility of spineless righteousness; the wide road is over shadowing the narrow path; just as Christ knew it would do.
  3. Marriage is largely looked at one's attempt to make themselves happy not to better serve the eternal interests of their spouse nor Savior. Failing by their own resource is seen as proof that it wasn't meant to be.

Further Resources:

Comment Board:Matthew:5:31-32
index:FAITHOFJESUSDEVOTION - Devotional Index
strkjv@Matthew:5:31-32 rwp@Matthew:5:31-32 mhcc@Matthew:5:31-32
devotion:FaithOfJesus2 - Devotion Index

< devotion:Matthew:5:27-30 devotion:Matthew:5:33-37 >

[Edit Matthew:5:31-32] [Create Thread to Matthew:5:31-32] [Discuss Matthew:5:31-32] [Matthew:5:31-32 Presentation]