Faith of Jesus Daily Devotional - Day 17
Previous Context: devotion:Matthew:5:27-30 Adultery
The line of examination continues this time into an area effecting nearly sixty percent of all modern first marriages (more than seventy percent of all second and thirds), even more in number to be counted likely if we were to take the same approach as the proceeding passages that the obvious outward symptom of sin is nowhere as dominant as the hidden yet to be acted infection of heart and thought. This relentless exam will not end here either as it will move on to the concept of oaths like that which the very foundation of marriage is based upon. Remember that we are talking about man finding it quite easy and natural to corrupt any and everything. Divorce is just another area in which we can see that well developed trait at work.
Remember to keep this consideration now in the light of our previously stated benchmarks and our observance of these matters both as individuals and the Church collective.
What is God doing?
God in HIS perfect wisdom not only commanded man to be fruitful and multiply, but HE also chose to sanctify the multiplying couple in the holy institution of marriage. Not only was this best for the man and woman and their children, not only does it stretch and grow them in tangible directions neither of the two would grow on their own, not only did it fill them with a sense of mutual purpose and unification, it was what was best for society as a whole, plus it provided a living symbol of HIS relationship to HIS church; those to whom HE was determined to redeem through the promised atoning work of HIS very own Son Jesus Christ. It was viewed as an unbreakable bond no outsider should come between; designed and blessed universally by God.
In the original ordinance of marriage divorce was not provided for. Divorce was inserted as an allowance under very well defined conditions by Moses due only to the hardness of the birthing nation's heart. Of course even those defined allowances have been corrupted and now the institution itself is all but destroyed by man's misapplied resource and craftiness.
What is man doing?
As with all other things, marriage is no longer about God and what God sees to be right, it is about self and what self sees to be right. As with other contracts and oaths it remains enforcible only for as long as it serves "me" and "my interests" and maybe not even then as it is "my whim". Christ's tremendous influence and steadying work upon the marriage is not sought and therefore it eventually suffers the same symptomatic decay as do the other symptoms of it: the adulterous or the murderous.
It is almost to the point that marriage receives the blame for society's many ills rather than does divorce. Divorce or not marrying at all becomes the "smart thing" to do. The notion has even been extended out to include not desiring to have children at all. We have learned to sympathize with the heart. The heart plays the injured one, the one that must needs be appeased, yet it is the heart that is deceptive above all else. Did not the heart and many a heart similar to it cause all of this?
The Church makes it's mistakes when it attempts to make accommodations for the non-poor of spirit, the non-meek, the non-hungry and thirsty for righteousness etc...; when it rather stands to support and represent the hardness of the heart that causes these ills rather than the law and the high influence of Christ. What it thinks to be good works in this area cannot be praised because they simply do not produce any results exceeding what the works of any other body might be able to produce.
What does this passage tell us about the about the commands and faith of Jesus that saints are to keep/guard?
The focus of God's plan is not primarily in the building of a perfect marital relation between husband and wife, it remains the goal to build the relation of each soul with Christ and therein build the relationship with all creation most preciously the relationship of the two plus family within the safe habitat of a strong and lasting blessed marriage. In other words the perfect marriage is a result of each spouse's relationship to Christ, the closer each is to Christ the closer they are to each other.
Note that the opposite consequence of an improper use of divorcement causes the propagation of the necrotic rot of adultery for anyone else involved in that broken union from that time forward in God's eye. Who is to say that God is wrong? We might also conject that the breaking of the union is also often shadowed by the judgment issued upon the unwarranted proclamation of Raca toward each other (or worse).
- All of this because of what?
- They are not poor in spirit in relation to Jesus nor each other.
- They do not mourn for the lost foundations of a better marriage their own hands have killed aside.
- The are not meek, only sore and increasingly insolent.
- They hunger and thirst not for God's righteousness, only their own.
- They are not merciful, not to the one they once promised to love most.
- They are not pure in heart and have not been for some time.
- They are not peacemakers, they no longer even try, peace for them is dissolve the union entirely.
- They are persecuted not for Christ righteousness, one may claim to have the moral upper ground, the other may persecute the other for holding to it, but neither rightfully ever have claim to it individually for it is only for Christ and the union to/in Him bone of bone/flesh of flesh to have.
If God is committed to bless the presence of these attributes, what should be said then if a marriage is to operate in the absence of these same spiritual (Christ influenced) traits? The marriage doesn't even require a curse on HIS part to fall apart at that point, it is well on the course to fall apart already by the couple's free choice.
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