Another Look at Nadab and Abihu

Another Look at Nadab and Abihu

A new religion for the Jewish nation was revealed at Mt. Sinai. It was so different from the way men had worshiped and served God for thousands of years. There had been no written law for men, but now commandments and statutes were revealed through Moses. There had been no national priesthood, no temple, no annual feasts, no place worthy of the title, the most holy place. It was all changing.

Follow God's Pattern.  Don't create your own.

Follow God’s Pattern. Don’t create your own.

Read the closing chapters of Exodus and the beginning chapters of Leviticus together. There is a continuous historical record of what transpired. Those Jews stayed at that mountain for a year, and during that time, the tabernacle with its altars, candlestick, priestly robes, the table of showbread and the golden ark of the covenant was made.

At the end of that year, Moses took all of their efforts and assembled the tent of worship. God had given Moses the blueprint for every detail and was told by God, “According to all that I show you, that is, the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings, just so you shall make it” (Ex. 25:9). The last two chapters of Exodus describe Moses’ action as he erected the tabernacle. He did what God said. The expression “as the Lord commanded” is found nineteen times!

The book of Leviticus continues with a description of the consecration of Aaron and his sons. The expression “as the Lord commanded” (in some form or another) is found another sixteen times! There was God’s pattern, and at least thirty times it is affirmed the pattern was precisely followed.

What can so easily be overlooked is what happened when the first-time priests prepared to enter the holy place to burn incense. The tabernacle was completed, and for the first time, priests were about to enter the holy place to burn incense. Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, took their censers and “… put fire in it, put incense on it, and offered profane fire before the Lord, which He had not commanded them” (Lev. 10:1). What a contrast. Moses had done what God commanded, and these two men do not do what God commanded. How did God react? “Fire went out from the Lord and devoured them.” God’s pattern must be followed!

God gave the pattern, and nothing was to be changed in it. It was not that God had specifically forbidden taking fire from any place other than the golden altar. God did not need to tell them not to do it. He specifically gave them the pattern. That was enough. Follow it or come under His judgment.

We also have a pattern in the New Testament and cannot change it. We do not need a specific command that says, “Thou shall not,” when God has specifically said, “Thou shalt.” Just do what He says!

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My Eyes

My Eyes

Psalm 38:10 – “My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.”

When the light is gone in the eyes, will it still burn bright in the soul?

When the light is gone in the eyes, will it still burn bright in the soul?

This day the cold outside is biting and fierce.  In my mind, I tell myself “Ha! I can handle that!” In truth, I was supposed to be out working in it today (ignoring the wind chill, it is a balmy 6 degrees).  Yet, as I sit here, my slippers and red plaid coat on, coffee in hand, in the 70 degree warmth of my apartment, chilly… I also realize I am losing my life.  No, I am not dying, but in reality, we are all on borrowed time from the day we are born.  We are shedding each day one at a time.  These melancholy days of mid-life (I am now 49) are perhaps the ones for which to be most cautious.  Will I spend them idly, fearfully, foolishly?  Most days the heart still roars like a young lion, but the body knows I am not.  It is winding down like a clock to its final tick.  It would be easy to spend each day reminiscing about more vibrant days as men often do when focusing on the teenage or college days of athletic triumphs.  Importantly, I must not daily sit still in this manner, but go and live life and fulfill the purpose of my days giving glory to God in the good works He has prepared me to do.  Still, reflection is not a forbidden thing.  This morning, I enjoyed looking through family photos of days long gone by.  The words of the Psalmist David ring true in regard to the failing light of the eyes.  I cannot see anything clearly up close anymore. The photos are blurry and the sweet faces no longer clear without the help of my glasses.  There may come a day before the final ticking of the clock that the light goes completely out.

Psalm 26:3 – “For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.”

When your eyes no longer behold the things of this earth, what visions will you behold?  Again the words of David prove relevant.  What goodness, what joyfulness, what images of true worth will fill the palate of the mind showing the lovingkindness of God?  What activities of worth are we engaged in right now while the light in our eyes shines on and we can still move about following our own will?  It is said that the mind stores everything we have ever heard, said, or done.  The issue at the forefront: what will we fill our time with to recall in that mental gallery of life.  Will we remember the day in and day out of work or the time spent in the arms of our loved ones?  Will we remember the moments of smiling and singing in worship with our friends or level 23 of a popular video game?  When the doors are shut on physical vision, will your mind be full of the hope and promises of God or reruns of a television sitcom?  It is a good thing to live a quiet life providing for our families with the work of our hands.  Moments of relaxation and restfulness are pleasant as well.  When the darkness embraces your sight, what will bring joy and remembrance of the lovingkindness of God?  Recalling the baptism into Christ of your friends and family?  Seeing the realization of the faithfulness of God come over the faces of those once lost?  Times spent providing care for those truly needing it?  Encompassing the awe of the amazingly intricate display of the heavens above declaring the mighty power of your Heavenly Father?  There are so many bright lights of the world with which to fill our glass of memories to the brim.  There are pure, wholesome, Godly things with which we can reflect upon happily if we gather them into our life.

Proverbs 3:21-22 – “My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:”

Though our bodies grow tired, our eyes dim, our days wind down, do not fail to finish the race put before you.  Live the honest, pure, lovely, virtuous things of life.  Spend your days with discretion not embracing worldliness which will only leave you with shame and guilt to picture in your final days.  Rather walk in wisdom, enjoy each breath, and experience the peace of God.  The aches, pains, and weakness are going to come if you are blessed to see many days.  Just don’t let them stop you from marching onward.  Thank God and keep on making memories of everything around you while the light still shines in your eyes.


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Fear of the Lion

Fear of  the Lion

One of the more amusing passages in the Old Testament is Proverbs 22:13: “The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be killed in the streets!” (ESV)

Take action against the lions or stay in bed?

Take action against the lions or stay in bed?


To properly appreciate the proverb, it is important to understand the place of the “sluggard,” in the wisdom literature of the Bible, the book of Proverbs in particular. The sluggard is one who is too lazy to work properly, and suffers because of it. It is somewhat instructive to realize the difference, in the Bible, between the sluggard and the needy.

Needy individuals,often characterized in the scriptures by the phrase, “widows and orphans,” are those who are suffering poverty through no particular fault of their own. They are the victim of circumstances beyond their control. Caring for them is a high priority in both the Old and the New Testament, as shown by James’ declaration: “Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their need, and to keep one’s self unspotted from the world (James 1:27).”


The sluggard on the other hand suffers, not because of circumstances, but because of his own unwillingness to make an effort to work. It is of such people that Paul commands the Thessalonians: “If any man will not work, he shall not eat.” (2 Thessalonians 2:10) God has created man to be a working creature, and has commanded that we shall eat through the work we put into things. (cf. Genesis 3:19a) This does not preclude the goodness of charity and our willingness to help others (cf. Galatians 6:2, 10). It does stress the importance of putting forth an effort of our own if at all possible.


All that being said, let’s go back to Proverbs 22, and the “lion outside.” If we compare the saying with those found in Proverbs 26:13-14, we discover the motivation of the sluggard. “As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns in bed (Proverbs 26:14).” The sluggard is motivated by a desire not to work, not to get out of bed, not to have to assert himself. Thus, the lion.


Whether or not there actually is a lion in the road, outside, the sluggard is not going to do anything about it. He’s going to use any excuse to be able to stay in bed, stay home from work, or otherwise not have to leave the house. The fear of death is a plausible excuse to do what he really wants to do anyway.


People do this sort of thing all the time. If most of us were to be honest, we would be forced to admit that we have probably done it ourselves at some point. We might not plead fear of lions, but fear of weather, traffic, muggers, or any other such, can serve the exact same purpose. They become excuses not to do what we didn’t want to do anyway. If and when we catch ourselves doing this, we should be honest with ourselves. We should take a critical look to see if the fear is actually valid, or if it is just an excuse to avoid doing what we don’t want to do.


A further point about fear here might be made, as we ask the question, is the sluggard afraid because of his lazy nature, or has he become a sluggard through the fear? That is, which came first: the fear or the laziness?


It is possible that sometimes we allow fear to make us lazy. Sure lions are fearsome, but consider David, who as a young man, proclaimed, ““Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it(1 Samuel 17:34-35; NKJV).”


Fear kills our faith, but, contrarily, faith drives out fear. The two cannot abide together for long. Thus, Jesus asked His apostles on one occasion,“Why are you fearful, O you of little faith (Matthew 8:26)?” When we are afraid, our faith is demonstrably weaker than it should be. And when we are afraid and allow that fear to prevent us from working, we are allowing our weak faith to damage our usefulness to God.


The world is full of “lions:” dangerous things which are, from a certain perspective, quite reasonable to avoid. Yet, if we allow such fear to keep us from being productive, we are going to become sluggards in the work that we should be doing. We understand this when it comes to secular work and understand that we can only make so many excuses to our bosses before they get the idea that we just don’t want to work. Spiritually, in the service of God, we need to learn the same lesson.

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Trusting Self Leaves No Room For God

Trusting Self Leaves No Room For God

For all the things that the Lord did for the Israelites, they rejected Him again and again.  Consider Numbers 14:11:

In whom do you place your trust?

In whom do you place your trust?

“Then the Lord said to Moses: ‘How long will these people reject Me? And how long will they not believe Me, with all the signs which I have performed among them?’” 

Sometimes we hear people say, “If I had lived during the time of Christ, I would have believed!”  Would we have?  Listen to the words of Jesus to those who saw all the miracles He did:

“If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead”(Luke 16:31). 

There is never enough evidence for the person who believes in self instead of Jesus.  Proverbs 3:5-6 says,

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,And lean not on your own understanding;In all your ways acknowledge Him,And He shall direct your paths.”  

Jeremiah 10:23 declares,

“O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself;It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.”

The problem is that we trust self instead of Christ.  Self-trust is behind all our discontents, and it is why the Bible repeatedly tells us to put our faith and trust in Jesus—so that He can help us!  Overcoming self means letting go of self and believing in Jesus alone.  Jesus says,

“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38). 

It is when we let go of self that Christ can truly change us with His Spirit.  God bless you, and I love you.

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Divorce and Remarriage: Listen To Jesus

Divorce and Remarriage: It’s Time We Listened To What Jesus Says

Divorce is a big problem in the world today.  An equally disturbing problem is the tendency so many have to divorce and remarry outside of the parameters of Scripture.

For the Lord God of Israel says that he hates divorce, for it covers one’s garment with violence, says the Lord of hosts.  Therefore take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously.

Malachi 2:16

Divorce.  God says it’s a treacherous, violent act.  How true that is.

According to Second Chance by Judith Wallerstein, almost half of children of divorces enter adulthood as worried, under-achieving, self-deprecating, and sometimes angry young men and women.  Half of them grew up in settings in which the parents were fighting with each other even after the divorce.

What does Jesus Want for Marriage?

What does Jesus Want for Marriage?

According to The Great Divide by Daniel Evan Weiss, the average percentage change in a woman’s standard of living the year following a divorce is -73%.

A divorce is like an amputation:  You survive, but there’s less of you.

Margaret Atwood, Marriage Partnership

Remarriage after divorce is not without its problems, either.  One child interviewed for Tales out of High School: Marriage Partnership said, “I’m so lucky my parents have stayed together.  Unlike so many of my friends, I’ve never had to cry on a holiday.”

Rock star Art Alexis wrote a song called “Wonderful” about how his divorce impacted his song.  He wrote of the child telling the divorced parent:  “I don’t want to meet your friend/I don’t want to start all over again/I just want my life to be the same/Just like it used to be.  Some days I hate everything/Everyone and everything/Please don’t tell me everything’s wonderful now.”

Yes, divorce is a treacherous, violent act.  On top of that, many remarriages after divorce are unlawful in the sight of God, constituting what Jesus calls adultery.  So while I am very much concerned about the social and psychological effects of divorce and remarriage, I am even more concerned about the spiritual effects.  Too many do not know what the Bible teaches on this subject.  That ignorance leads to quick and easy divorces, which in turn lead to adulterous marriages which are sinful in the sight of God.  Those in turn, if not repented of, will lead to eternal condemnation (Rom. 6:23; Rev. 21:8).

In Matthew 19:3-12, Jesus discussed divorce, remarriage, and celibacy.  The Pharisees had asked him about divorce, not because they wanted to learn from him, but because they were trying to trap him (v. 3).  Divorce was a touchy subject back then, just like it is today.  It was not uncommon either.  Jesus’ cousin John had been thrown into prison and eventually executed because he publicly condemned the unlawful marriage of King Herod (Mark 6:14ff).  The Jewish scribes of Jesus’ day were divided over the proper grounds for divorce.  One school of thought taught that a man could divorce for just about any reason, while another permitted divorce only in the case of fornication.

Thus, any answer Jesus gave to their question would offend someone.  If he took the popular liberal view that one could divorce for any reason, the Pharisees could castigate him for not being a teacher of superior morality, especially since he had taught his followers to strive a superior righteousness to theirs (Matt. 5:20).  If he upheld the stricter view, he would be unpopular with the majority of the people and his enemies could use that against him as well.

I am so thankful Jesus was not concerned with what man thought, but was concerned about pleasing his Father in heaven (Gal. 1:10; 1 Cor. 4:3).  Our primary goal must always be to please God.  We will never be able to please everyone else.  Someone, no matter what we do or say, will be displeased with us.  If we do our best to please God in every way, that will be the only things which matters in the end…and we will please and encourage like-minded souls in the meantime.

Jesus showed how his priority was to please God in his answer to their question.  First, he went straight to God’s Word (v. 4; cf. Gen. 1:27; 2:24).  He didn’t care about the opinions of the religious leaders of his day.  Likewise, we also must go to the Bible rather than to man.

In doing so, Jesus reminded them of their beginning:  “…he who created them from the beginning made them male and female…” (v. 4)  Always keep in mind where you came from, who created you, and what you are.  Friends, are we simply animals?  Compelled by instinct?  Unable to control fleshly desires?  Because if we are, divorce and remarriage ought to be free and easy.  But we aren’t.  We are God’s highest creation, made in his image, and thus able to control the fleshly lusts to his glory.  Thus, divorce and remarriage ought to reflect God’s desire for our holiness.

Jesus then attributed the institution of marriage to God, not man, when he quoted God’s statement, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh” (v. 5; cf. Gen. 2:24).  Questions about marriage, divorce, and remarriage must be answered by God in his Word, not by man and man’s laws!

It is God who creates a marital union, not man!  Jesus emphasized this when he said, “So they are no longer two but one flesh.  What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate” (vs. 5-6).  God wants marriage to be for life!  It is God who joins the couple, and no one has the right to tear apart what he has joined together!

Are there any exceptions to this rule?  The Pharisees thought so, and attempted to rebut Christ’s teachings on this matter by apparently alleging Old Testament scriptural authority for divorce (v. 7; cf. Deut. 24:1-4).  Apparently, they took Moses’ statement in Deuteronomy to permit divorce as long as a certificate of divorce was given to the wife (cf. Matt. 5:31a).  In actuality, Moses was forbidding the remarriage of a spouse who marries someone else.  Why?

…then her former husband, who sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after she has been defiled, for that is an abomination before the Lord…”

Deuteronomy 24:4

In spite of any certificate of divorce, the woman became “defiled” when she remarried.  Interestingly, this same word “defiled” was used elsewhere in the Law of Moses to describe adultery (Lev. 18:20; Num. 5:13-14).  Thus, Old Testament law showed that by remarrying the woman had actually defiled herself by becoming an adulteress because her husband was still alive (cf. Rom. 7:1-3).

How ironic that the Pharisees were appealing to Deuteronomy 24 as grounds for divorce (and presumably remarriage) when in reality Moses was actually describing how treacherous divorce really is in that it defiles the spouse!  No wonder Jesus had said in the Sermon on the Mount:

It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’  But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

Matthew 5:31-32

Jesus reinforced how the Pharisees had the wrong idea when he then brought out how Moses permitted divorce due to their hard hearts (v. 8).  During Moses’ day, the Jews were a very “stubborn people” (Deut. 9:6), very hardened in their hearts.  When you think about it, doesn’t this describe the state of one’s heart when they want to divorce their spouse for arbitrary, unscriptural reasons?  Even when a scriptural reason is on the table but the guilty spouse has repented and is pleading for forgiveness and reconciliation, those with hard hearts will still push for divorce.  As Christians, we are to be different from the world…and the world has hard hearts.

Then Jesus brought out how divorce was not what God had in mind from the beginning, even though Moses permitted it (v. 8).  The Law of Moses was designed to be temporary in nature (Gal. 3:19), and thus the permission to divorce was only temporary.  It would be replaced by the gospel of Christ, a covenant designed to cure hard hearts, a law under which divorce under normal conditions is not an option (1 Cor. 7:10-11).

Jesus then settled the entire matter:

And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.

Matthew 19:9

According to Jesus, divorce is allowed only in the case of sexual immorality (better translated as “fornication.”)  Divorce for any other reason results in adultery when there is remarriage (cf. Matt. 5:32).

Any divorce must be on those grounds specified by Jesus because marriage was ordained by God and we mustn’t separate what God has joined (vs. 5-6).  A divorce for any other reason attempts to separate what God has joined and results in a remarriage where people commit adultery.

As you might expect, there was strong reaction to this teaching.  Interestingly, it is not revealed how the Pharisees reacted.  Instead, we are told how Jesus’ own disciples reacted:

The disciples said to him, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.”

Matthew 19:10

Wow.  According to his disciples, the single life would be preferable to staying with one’s wife, no matter what, her fornication being the only exception!  At least they were willing to still obey Christ’s law on the subject.  The only thing they were saying was that in view of his teaching, it was better to be celibate.  Contrast that to what many people today say:  “If such is the case with divorce and remarriage, it is better to be lost!”  Rather than submit to scriptural marriage or celibacy, many people are more likely to opt for eternal condemnation!  How foolish and sad to opt for a few years of adultery over an eternity of heavenly bliss!

How did Jesus react to what his disciples said?

But he said to them, “Not everyone can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given.  For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven.  Let the one who is able to receive this receive it.

Matthew 19:11-12

Friends, does the kingdom of heaven mean more to us than anything else?  Jesus said it must (Matt. 6:33).  If it does, we will be willing to do whatever necessary to enter it, even if it means making ourselves eunuchs (i.e., choosing to remain single and celibate in order to remain true to his teachings about divorce and remarriage.)  Christianity is not a religion of convenience.  Sometimes sacrifices like these have to happen in order to be faithful.  We must put Christ before all, even our spouse (Mark 10:29-30), even if it requires us to leave our spouse when we see from Scripture that we are violating God’s law by being married to them (v. 9).

It is in situations like this where our faith is really put to the test.  Because now it’s real, friends.  All to Jesus I Surrender?  Scenarios like what we’re talking about prove whether we really mean that.

Those who put God’s kingdom first will mean it.  Those who don’t, won’t.  These are the ones about whom Jesus was referring when he talked of those who could not “receive this saying.”  However, those who value entering the kingdom of heaven will comply with Jesus teachings.  If they find themselves in unlawful, adulterous marriage, they still have hope through the forgiving power of the blood of Christ!   However, as with any sin one must repent first (Acts 3:19).  One must leave any relationship described by God as adultery in order to be forgiven of adultery.

Some do not see this.  They teach that only Christians have to obey what Jesus said in verse 9…even though Jesus said “whoever,” not just Christians.

Others say that baptism – without repentance – cleanses the sin and couples who live together in adultery can continue to do so after baptism…even though both repentance AND baptism are commanded for forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38).

Still others try to get around the plain teachings of Jesus by attempting to re-define the term “adultery.”  They say that adultery is not only a sexual word, but also refers to the act of divorce itself.  In other words, adultery is “covenant-breaking.”

You know, the idea that divorce = adultery is very attractive.  Our sinful society would love to accept it.  However, it is directly opposed to biblical teaching, and opens wide the door of compromise and accepting into the fellowship of the church those who are out of fellowship with God (cf. 1 John 1:7; Eph. 5:11).

The facts are these.  One would have to work very hard to come up with the doctrine divorce = adultery from the Bible.  One would have to ignore some very clear Bible teaching in the process.  Granted it would be nice if it were actually possible because it would make the church more popular in our society and open the door for fellowship to be accepted with people who had been divorced and remarried multiple times.  It would certainly lower the amount of hate mail I’ll probably get from writing articles like this.

Several over the years have tried to make the Bible fit this erroneous doctrine.  For example, Tyndale’s translation of Matthew 5:32 is as follows:

But I say unto you: whosoever puts away his wife (except for fornication) causeth her TO BREAK MATRIMONY, and whosoevery marrieth her that is divorced, BREAKETH WEDLOCK…

(emphasis mine)

Tyndale uses the words matrimony and wedlock when the word in the Greek literally means adultery.  Why?  Because he’s trying to define adultery as the breaking of the wedlock or matrimony.

Here’s my question, though.  How could wedlock be broken by someone marrying someone else IF THE WEDLOCK HAD ALREADY BEEN BROKEN BY THE DIVORCE??

Not only that, but if divorce = adultery, then the innocent party who tried to keep the marriage together but who was divorced anyway IS NOW GUILTY OF ADULTERY AND SIN BY PROXY!!  

It just doesn’t add up.

It doesn’t stop there, though.  Others would try to say that divorce = adultery by denying that adultery is a sexual word.  To them, fornication is a sexual word, but adultery actually means “covenant breaking.”

Fornication IS a sexual word, true.  Strong defines it as “harlotry (including adultery and incest); figuratively, idolatry.”  Thayer defines it as “illicit sexual intercourse” and, interestingly, includes adultery among the acts defined as that.

However, adultery is also a sexual word.  To deny that would require ignoring the unanimous consensus of Hebrew and Greek authorities and the emphasis of Scripture itself.

Adultery (moichatai in Greek) is defined by Strong as “to commit adultery.”  Thayer defines it:  “to have unlawful intercourse with another’s wife, to commit adultery with.”  I have a list in my office of seven different Greek-English lexicons, and not one of them defines adultery as divorce at any time.  They always define it as a sexual sin.

The various English translations of the Bible do the same.  Matthew 5:32’s moichatai is translated “adultery” rather than “covenant breaking,” “marriage breaking,” or “divorce” by the KJV, NIV, NKJV, RSV, TLB, ASV, NBV, NASV, and ESV.  Even Tyndale’s version, which comes the closest to calling adultery “breaking matrimony” or “breaking wedlock,” will not go so far as it call it “divorce.”

It’s the same with Matthew 19:9.  The KJV, NIV, NKJV, RSV, TLB, ASV, NBV, NASV, and ESV all translate moichatai as “adultery” rather than “covenant breaking,” “marriage breaking,” or “divorce.”

Examine Scripture, and you’ll see the term adultery used as a sexual term (cf. Lev. 20:10-11; Jer. 29:23; John 8:1-4; Heb. 13:4).  Even in cases in which adultery is used figuratively to describe idol worship and apostasy, the term still carries sexual overtones (cf. Ezek. 16:25, 32).  In one such case, Jeremiah made an analogy of God and Israel as husband and wife, but said that the figurative adultery committed by Israel via pagan idolatry occurred BEFORE God figuratively “divorced” her (Jer. 3:6-10).  In other words, adultery had been committed before there had been a divorce.  If adultery IS divorce, how could that be?  How can one say that adultery is not a sexual word, but is instead merely “divorce” or “covenant breaking”?

One can’t.

Yes, it’s well past time we started listening to Jesus and Jesus alone about divorce and remarriage.  More preachers and teachers need to preach and teach the truth about this matter.  More elders need to stand behind preachers and teachers who do so.

Most importantly, more Christian marriages need to heed it.  Marriage is sacred.  It must be defended.  It must be fought for.  It must be a commitment.

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