Divorce, Pastor Adam Kohlstrom

By Chestnut Street Baptist Church | Jan 31, 2014
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February 2, 2014 · Deuteronomy 24:1-4

The Gospel According to Moses · Divorce

Genesis 1:27; 2:18; 2:24. What does the creation account say of God’s design and intention for male/female relationships? What are some of the ways that we humans twist God’s good design?

Deuteronomy 24:1-4. Whose power is limited by this teaching and thus who is being protected? How would this teaching protect a woman from neglect or abuse? What do these laws reveal to us about God’s concern?

Deuteronomy 24:1-4. How would the teaching of these similar passages in Exodus 21:10-11 and Deuteronomy 21:10-14 protect a slave-wife or captive woman whom an Israelite warrior had married from abuse or neglect by a man who refused to fulfill his marital responsibilities to her?

The laws in this section (Deuteronomy 22:13-30; 24:1-4), all apply the seventh commandment: “you shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14; Deuteronomy 5:18). The basic Biblical rule regarding sexual relations is, “No sex outside of one man and one woman in marriage.” What are some practical ways this rule might be beneficial for people? Why do you think such reasons are unconvincing in today’s society?

Deuteronomy 24:1-4. How does Jesus explain and apply Moses’ instructions regarding divorce in Matthew 19:1-9 and Matthew 5:31-32 (cf. Mark 10:2-12; Luke 16:18)? What is the difference between “commanding” and “allowing” divorce? Why is this distinction so important?

In 1 Corinthians 7:10-11, Paul reiterates Jesus’ command (Mark 10:9-12; Matt. 5:32; 19:6,9; Luke 16:18), but what application does he offer Christians married to non-Christians (1 Corinthians 7:12-16)? Who does Paul say a Christian might marry in 1 Corinthians 7:39? Why is this condition so important (cf. 2 Corinthians 6:14-16; 1 Kings 11:1, 4)?

 

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