In Biblical times there was a law that said a man could send his wife away with a certificate of divorce if she no longer found favor in his eyes (Deu 24:1-4). “She grew old and wrinkled, so I traded her in for a younger model.”
This was not a good law, and Jesus didn’t like it. When asked about it he basically said, “Moses gave you this law because you have rocks for hearts” (Matt 19:8).
It was a bad law for bad husbands. Worse, some of these heartless husbands were only obeying the first part of the law. They were sending out their wives without giving them a certificate of divorce.
It was a rotten deal for women. Sent out into the cold with no means of support, they couldn’t remarry without committing adultery. They were in an impossible situation. Someone had to say something.
“Whosoever sends away his wife and marries another, commits adultery” (Luke 16:18).
Jesus hammered these hard-hearted husbands with the very law they were exploiting. “You men think you’re clever, but you’re hurting women and breaking the law.”
In a religious culture obsessed with rules, divorced people are sometimes judged as second-class citizens, even adulterers.
“As long as you sit quietly, you are welcome in our church. But you can never have a prominent role and don’t even think about looking for love. You had your shot, you blew it, and we will lovingly punish you for as long as we can.”
Where does Christ stand on this issue?
As always, he stands with the accused, defending them and shielding them from the heavy stones of criticism and condemnation.
“There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1)
Extracted from the book Stuff Jesus Never Said
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