Here we ponder the reason Moses allowed a certificate of permissible divorce, in doing so, going against the very nature by which God brought man and woman together. We believe the certificate of divorce was taken out of context by man and should be understood in the spiritual sense. If the married couple were unable to reconcile (due to emotional or physical trauma), a necessary separation could possibly occur– not divorce but a separation– arguably with the hope of a future reconciliation. Furthermore, if a spiritual covenant was made under the precepts of God, then only death is the nullifier of this cosmic tie– the two separate parties would remain in celibate solitude, content with God’s will to never remarry.
8And I saw that for all the adulteries of faithless Israel, I had sent her away and given her a writ of divorce, yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear; but she went and was a harlot also. – Jeremiah 3:8
Divorce: “apoluó” release (unbind), let go, send away, divorce. prim root: “apo” from, away from, and “luó” loose (unleash), untie, release, destroy.
There is an interesting correlation to “apoluó” and the Angel King from the bottomless pit Apollyon/Apollo, whose name means Destroyer. The relationship between the unleashed Spirit of Destruction, and the spiritual destruction caused by the act of divorce is evident. If one studies the root definition of divorce there is no mention of remarriage, only separation.
In the Scripture below, we argue that Jesus was attempting to reveal man’s manipulation of the divorce certificate, as the parameters for legal divorce had been corrupted and made legitimate beyond the crime of adultery. Jesus is not advocating divorce, He is simply speaking to those who were still bound to the Law of Moses, and even more so, bound to the corruption of the flesh.
8Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. 9I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.” – Matthew 19:8-9
Many Christians will profess by Jesus’ own words that if adultery is committed, God shows mercy on a betrayed spouse by allowing divorce– generally assuming they are able to remarry as long as they were not the offender. We argue, under the New Testament, that man’s corruption of God’s original decree over marriage no longer justifiably stands. The certificate of divorce was given to Israel because they refused to abide by God’s original decree: What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. This was the original will of God concerning marriage– under no circumstances could the spiritual ties of marriage be severed. Thus, if a marriage was ceremoniously bound under God (remembering the original will of God), and both parties are still alive, they must remain single in the face of divorce, able to reconcile only unto each other.
After Jesus’ ascension Paul confirmed that all things were rectified through Jesus Christ. Our spiritual divorce to man’s corruption of the Law was issued through Christ’s death, and for those who believe in Jesus a spiritual remarriage to Him occurred. Thereby, apart from death, the only permissible divorce and remarriage is in the spiritual context– divorcing man’s corruption of the Law, and thus becoming reconciled to God through Jesus Christ.
4So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. 5For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death. 6But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code. – Romans 7:4-6
10To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. 11But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife. – 1 Corinthians 7:10-11
8Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. – Matthew 19:8