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Jesus Reveals God's True Intent Behind the Law, Part 9

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TEXT: Matthew 5:31-32

As Jesus reveals God's true intent behind the Law, he has dealt with the sin of murder and showed that we should not have murderous, hateful, angry thoughts toward others. He has also dealt with the sin of adultery and showed that we should not lust after others in our hearts. Now, he turns to Divorce. Unlike murder and adultery, there was no law specifically forbidding divorce because it was generally understood that marriage was to be for life. Instead, there was a law that allowed divorce. As Jesus explains in a later passage, "Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you [allowed you] to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so." The only reason why divorce was allowed was because the Hebrew men demanded that it be that way. So, instead of causing an uproar by abolishing divorce, Moses decided to regulate divorce so that the practice would not be abused. (Back then, women did not have any legal standing and could not file for divorce.)