The current divorce and remarriage understanding and practice is a mess by and large in the current day Body of Christ. These short videos and teachings will help you tremendously as it has us here at Walk Worthy!
And it hasn’t been much better since the 2nd century after the early Fathers mistook the Scriptures when they missed the merciful Law provisions for this in both Exodus and Deuteronomy. The early rabbinic writings were also missing, with this further contributing to the problems.
But we modern saints have the whole history and the tools to correctly interpret God’s heart in the manner.
Brother David Instone-Brewer has worked tirelessly to provide the brethren with the basis for a more fuller understanding. May we all imitate our Father and His Son in providing gracious, holy, merciful provision for those effected by the throes of divorce and remarriage.
Here’s brother David’s quick summary:
- The Bible is God’s word to all generations which we have to translate from the language of an ancient civilization.
- Jesus outlawed a Jewish type of divorce called the ‘Any Cause’ divorce.
- Jesus and Paul discouraged all divorce but allowed it for specific grounds.
- Biblical grounds for divorce include adultery, abuse and abandonment.
- Divorce itself is not sinful, but breaking your marriage vows is sinful.
- Only the victim of broken marriage vows may decide to divorce.
- Paul allowed remarriage if someone was divorced against their will.
2. The First Ground of Divorce Given By God in The Old Testament — Deut. 24.1
3. The Other Grounds For Divorce
4. God – the Reluctant Divorcee
5. God’s Divorce Warning
6. The Grounds of God’s Divorce
7. How Can God Divorce If He “Hates” It?
8. The ‘Any Cause’ Divorce in the 1st Century B.C.
9. What Kind of Divorce were They Asking Jesus About?
10. How Else do We Know the Pharisees are Asking Jesus About Deuteronomy?
11. What Did Jesus Say In Reply?
12. The Pharisees Strike Back!
13. Did Moses Permit Divorce or did God and Moses Permit it?
14. Jesus’ Final Conclusion on Divorce
15. The Scandal of Jesus’ Conception
16. Are all Mentions of Divorce in the Gospels Saying the Same Thing?
17. Jewish Women and Divorce in the 1st Century
18. Is Divorce for Neglect or Abuse in Exodus 21.10-11 mentioned in the New Testament?
19. Is divorce for Neglect or Abuse in Exodus 21.10-11 Mentioned Elsewhere in the New Testament?
20. Roman Divorce in the First Century A.D.
21. Remarriage in the 1st Century
22. Bound to Her Husband as Long as He Lives?
23. Are God’s Divorce Laws Good?
24. The Final Conclusion on Biblical Divorce in cases of Abuse and Neglect
25. What is the Purpose of Deuteronomy 24.1-4?
The Four Causes of Biblical Divorce by Dr David Instone-Brewer in Playmobile
Roman Divorce – Playmobile Slide Show – By Kalman Kingsley
David’s sensitive blog posts with practical solutions for hurting people of divorce and remarriage can be viewed here.
Other works by brother David Instone-Brewer are below..
Marital Abuse – click here.
No Fault Divorce – click here.
What God Has Joined – click here.
Correcting John Piper’s Misconceptions – click here.
The Jesus Scandals – By David Instone-Brewer
Excellent Resource by brother David Instone-Brewer, his premier work in this vital area:
Divorce and Remarriage in the Bible: The Social and Literary Context – buy it here.
Details the historical background, the debate, how the early church fathers got us so far off, and what Jesus Christ really meant in the Gospels.
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