The Jews were not allow to go back to former spouse after remarrying a new one

Deuteronomy Bible Background

03.14.2019 – Old Testament: Deu 24.1–4

To read the Bible in a year, read Deuteronomy 23–25 on March 14, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

Once an Israelite had divorced and formed a new marriage, the Lord did not allow such a person to go back to the former spouse:

“When a man takes a wife and marries her, and it happens that she finds no favor in his eyes because he has found some uncleanness in her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce, puts it in her hand, and sends her out of his house, when she has departed from his house, and goes and becomes another man’s wife, if the latter husband detests her and writes her a certificate of divorce, puts it in her hand, and sends her out of his house, or if the latter husband dies who took her as his wife, then her former husband who divorced her must not take her back to be his wife after she has been defiled; for that is an abomination before the LORD, and you shall not bring sin on the land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance” (Deuteronomy 24.1–4).

He wanted them to know just how sacred the marriage bond was. They could not just break it up, find someone new, then want the old one back. Some decisions have to last a lifetime. Jesus made the law of divorce even tougher, taking us back to His original design that we stay together (Matthew 19.1–9).

Questions:

  • What is your view of marriage?
  • Does an unhappy marriage change what the Lord said about marriage and divorce?

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