Marriage And Divorce
by Matthew Coover
THE marriage vow is a promise, and a promise is not to be broken. Allowance is given for divorce in TORAH (Deut.24:1), but Yahshua said regarding this, "For the hardness of your hearts he wrote you this precept... What therefore Yahweh hath joined together, let not man put asunder" (Mk.10:5,9). The breaking of a marriage vow is bearing false witness, which is also forbidden in the scriptures (Ex.20:16). If we are not to remarry after divorce, there is no justified reason for a divorce, other than monetary benefits. It was wisely said, “The love of money is the root of all evil...”(1 Timothy 6:10) Divorce only causes more grief and heartache, and it will NEVER solve the root of the problem. If there is a problem, “separation for a season” should be sought until the problem has been worked out.
Once a man or woman has been divorced, they are not permitted to remarry. To do so is to commit adultery. (Mark 10:11,12)
For those who have already made this mistake, forgiveness from Yahweh remains possible upon full repentance, but the scars which have been created will remain.
An individual who has already made the mistake of remarriage after divorce is not to attempt to patch things up by returning to the former spouse. To do so is an abomination to Yahweh . (Dt 24:3,4)
It is for these many reasons that Yahweh has commanded his people to remain pure. The many hardships which we often experience occur when we have not taken heed to Yahweh’s counsel, and only we can accept the blame for our own actions and mistakes.