Jesus Talks About Divorce

David Bast

READ : Matthew 5:31-32

It’s one thing to listen to Jesus’ teaching about marriage and divorce. It’s quite another to apply it to the lives of frail, struggling, imperfect sinners like us. I agree with one commentator who said that teaching Jesus’ divorce sayings is unpleasant work because it often hurts and puts down people who have been hurt and put down enough already.

Nevertheless, there it is. Jesus was strongly for marriage. He was strongly against divorce, except in the case of marital unfaithfulness on the part of one partner.

“This is a hard saying, who can accept it?” some of Jesus’ disciples remarked after hearing him teach on another occasion (John 6:60). They could just as well have been talking about his teaching on marriage and divorce. But remember this: the Lord who hates divorce still loves divorced people. The same Jesus who says “no” to sin also says “yes” to sinners. Remember the woman who was brought to Jesus having been taken in the act of adultery? “Let whoever is without sin cast the first stone at her,” he said. When he looked up a few moments later, the crowd had melted away and only the woman was left. “Where are your accusers?” he asked her. “They’ve all gone,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.”


Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner. Amen.