Matthew Lesson 20 Day 3

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Matthew Lesson 20 Day 3

Matthew 19:7-12

6.  a.  Divorce and remarriage is not God’s best for us. He meant for a man and woman to marry and stay together for life. God also didn’t create multiple women for Adam—only one.

b.  The Pharisees sought to justify their own loose interpretation of “uncleanness.” Jesus clarifies that the only thing meant by the word “uncleanness” is adultery. It doesn’t mean if she is a bad cook, or gained a pound or two, or isn’t as cute as she used to be.

7.  In 1 Corinthians 7:10-16, Paul writes that married couples should not divorce. It they do separate, they should not remarry. If they do remarry, they should not later go back to the former mate.

God disregarded the prayers and offerings of the priests because of the way they treated their wives. Even though they cried out to Him, He saw their hardened hearts.

8. Jesus promised He would never leave us nor forsake us. His love for us is not conditional. He loved us before we loved Him. He loves us even when our hearts are still hard. The marriage relationship is like Jesus and the church. Because of this, men are instructed to love their wives unconditionally. This provides the security the relationship needs to remain strong.

He loved me before I was even born. He has never left me or forsaken me. He loves me even when I let Him down. He loves me when I fail to submit to His will. He forgives me, and he even forgets all about it. It’s mind-boggling!

As long as our hearts are humble and repentant before Him—rather than trying to justify ourselves as the Pharisees tried to do—we can throw ourselves at His feet, pour out our tears, and wash those beautiful, scarred feet with our hair.

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