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MATTHEW CHAPTER 19;
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Jesus traveled around a lot. The last story that we
read about forgiveness took place in Galilee, and when He left there, He
went to Judæa beyond the river Jordan. Many people followed Him and He
healed them there.
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Well, well, well, the Pharisees are back! They came to
tempt Jesus and asked, Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for
any reason? Jesus answered, Haven't you read, in the beginning, God made
male and female, and said, For this reason, a man shall leave his father
and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they two shall be one
flesh? Then they are no longer two, but one flesh. What God has joined
together, let not man separate.
The Pharisees debated with Jesus and asked, Then why
did Moses command to give a writing of divorcement and send her away?
Jesus answered, Because of the callous nature of your heart, Moses wrote
this ruling. (Because the people changed the natural order of marriage)
But from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you, whoever sends
his wife away, unless it was for fornication, and marries another,
commits adultery, and whoever marries a woman who has been sent away
JESUS ALSO SAID ...
All men cannot receive this saying, save they
to whom it is given.
JESUS IS SAYING ALL LAWS DO NOT APPLY TO ALL
Divorce is a very delicate matter for those Christians
who are considering divorce or have divorced and yet love the Lord. My
heart goes out to you and your family. Now before you go sentencing
yourself as being an adulterer or and adulteress, let's look at
something. What if a marriage was not meant to be from the get go? What
if it was not holy in the eyes of the Lord? Many families have been torn
asunder by the question of the heart of divorce, despite whether the one
wishing to depart chose to do so, or stayed in misery due to obligation
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Let's seek the TRUTH in scripture. It reveals in
1 Corinthians 7:12-17
... That if a woman has a husband who is not a believer, and the man
wants her to stay, let her not leave him because the husband is
sanctified by the wife's belief. This is because when two marry (In
God's eyes) they become ONE. This sanctification includes your children.
This statement was made by Paul. In verse
12 he shares that this is his opinion, NOT the Lord's command.
Many Religious leaders like to use this "ruling"
to keep women in abusive relationships only to have the relationship end
in bitterness and even death ... The Word also says that what God
brought together, let no man put asunder. However, that brings up the
question of God honoring every marriage license the local leaders are
willing to make a little money on.
In particular in today's society where most go from
‘hello’ to ‘I do’ before establishing a foundation in friendship. Some
marry out of CON-venience, lust, trying to get away from home, etc. ...
The obvious result is division by divorce as it was not meant be in the
first place. Is it not God's will to have them apart as they were not
meant to be married and just made a poor choice? Is God then divided
against Himself because He wants Love to be FOREVER? God forbid. It is
mankind's use of marriage that has brought on the divisions and
variations of judgment. TRUE marriage is the union of two minds, hearts
and souls and they become ONE in LOVE. Whether God deems a specific
marriage REAL becomes THE question to ponder.
I want to take this opportunity to say that this is NOT a passport to
get out of a marriage so you can get a new man or woman. God Forbid ...
But rather the TRUTH for those who it applies to. If you WERE married in
LOVE and in God's eyes and you have become worldly and just want a way
out so you can go and follow the trends of today like cattle to the
slaughter, this is not applicable. If the shoe fits ... Slap that rascal
on Cinderella. If it does not, it is not wise to try to apply it as the
results will not be the same. He who hath wisdom, hear this TRUTH.
All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom
it is given.
ALL LAWS DO NOT APPLY TO ALL SITUATIONS.
The TRUTH my friend is that ONLY the Lord knows the
TRUTH of your situation. Obviously, He
wants what is best for you, so you must find out from HIM what it is
that you are to do. Religious leaders, friends, family, Paul and I can
share our opinions but ONLY GOD can discern the TRUTH of this particular
matter and guide you down the right path. Ask HIM to reveal the TRUTH to
you. Ask Him to show you HIS Will. Ask in Jesus' name ... Pray without
ceasing. TRUST in HIM.
If you have already divorced, do not sit around and
judge yourself or let others judge ya ... That is God's job and He
believes in mercy, forgiveness and Grace. What can your worry and doubt
do but cause problems for you? Let go and let God. Now, let's get back
to the story.
At that time there were little children brought to
Jesus so that He might put His hands on them and bless them, but the
disciples turned them away. When Jesus saw it, He was upset and He said,
Allow the little children and don't forbid them to come to me, for of
such is the Kingdom of Heaven. He took them up in His arms, put His
hands on them and blessed them.
When Jesus left that place, a man came running and
kneeled at His feet and asked, Good Master, what can I do to inherit
eternal life? Jesus answered, Why do you call me good? There is none
good but One, and that's God. If you wish for eternal life, keep the
commandments. The man said, Master, I've kept the commandments since I
was a child. Jesus looked at him with love and said, You're missing one
thing. If you wish to be complete, go and sell all that you have and
give it to the poor and you'll have treasure in Heaven, then come and
The man grew sad at what Jesus said, because he was
rich. Jesus looked at His disciples and said, I tell you honestly, with
what difficulty will those who have riches enter into the Kingdom of
God. The disciples were surprised at what He said, and He added, It's
easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich
man to enter into the Kingdom of God. Still surprised, the disciples
said to one another, Who then, can be saved? Jesus answered, With men
it's impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
Then Peter said, We've left everything and followed
you, what will we have? Jesus said, I assure you, those who have
followed me, in the time when the Son of man will sit on the throne of
His glory, you'll also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes
of Israel. And everyone that has forsaken houses, brothers, sisters,
fathers, mothers, wives, children or lands, for my name's sake, will
receive a hundred times as much and will inherit everlasting life.
Many that are first will be last, and the
last will be first.
FIRST SHALL BE LAST MEANING AND FIRST SHALL BE LAST PURPOSE
Then Jesus told this parable about what He was
The Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who owns a
vineyard. He went out early in the morning to hire workers for his
vineyard. When he agreed with the workers for a penny a day, he sent
them into his vineyard. About three hours later the man saw people
without work in the marketplace and he said to them, Go into my vineyard
and work, and whatever is fair, I'll pay you. Around the sixth hour and
the ninth hour the man did the same thing. And about the eleventh hour
he went out and still more people were without work. Why do you stand
here doing nothing all day? the man asked. Because nobody has hired us,
they answered. Go into my vineyard and I'll pay you what's fair, the man
told them. When the end of the work day arrived, the lord of the
vineyard said to his steward, Call the workers and give them their
wages, beginning from the last to the first. When the workers who were
hired at the eleventh hour collected their wages, they each received a
penny. But when the first workers collected their wages, they thought
they should have been paid more, but they, too, received a penny. They
murmured against the owner of the vineyard saying, The last people have
only worked one hour and you made them equal to us who have carried the
burden and the heat of the day. But He answered one of them, Friend,
I've done no wrong. Didn't you agree with me for a penny? Take what's
yours and go your way. I'll give to this last the same as to you. Isn't
it lawful for me to do whatever I want with what is mine? Is your eye
evil, because I am good? So the last shall be first and the first last:
for many be called, but few chosen.
This parable is such a great lesson. There are many
people who go through their entire lives with the good fortune of being
Christian. Many from childhood, were raised as Christians and others,
early in life were adopted into God's family. There are also many who
don't find Jesus until they're older, and some, don't seek Him until the
very last hour. If you're one who has followed the Christian path all
your life, this parable teaches not to be jealous of those lost sheep
who weren't found until the last hour. Be joyous for them. Praise His
generosity. God is good. He can do whatever He wants with His children.
Be thankful for your place.
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