In the providence of God my Matthew series was just about ready to land on Matthew 19, the text that speaks of divorce. I chose to use Pat Robertson’s news splash as an introduction to my exposition of Jesus’ conversation with the Pharisees on this very topic: Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for, say, alzheimer’s? I preached it yesterday.
I tried to frame our thinking of it within the framework that was an actual reality for the Pharisees and disciples: they were talking with the King of kings and Lord of lords about the matter! I think there are four results consequently:
- Humble discussion with the King on any topic tunes our hearts to love His purposes.
- Humble discussion with the King on any topic prevents our minds from finding refuge in wrong thinking.
- Humble discussion with the King on any topic convicts us of the error of our ways.
- Humble discussion with the King on any topic empowers us to receive His word on the matter because He gives grace to the humble.
- The Gospel of the King tunes our hearts to desire and love the original intent of the Creator for His creation. In this case, marriage.
- The Gospel of the King prevents us from proof-texting with Scripture or circumstantiating exceptions in order to justify our selfish desires.
- The Gospel of the King convicts us of the exceeding sinfulness of sexual immorality (and, thus, in my my mind, one reason why the exception clause is there).
- The Gospel of the King empowers His disciples to embrace the hard calling of marriage or celibacy with devotion and purity for the sake of the Kingdom.
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