Matthew 19:7-12

7 “Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?”

8 Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. 9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”

10 The disciples said to him, “If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry.”

11 Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. 12 For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others—and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.”

One response to “Matthew 19:7-12

  1. Moses permitted their divorces, but it was not God’s best way for them. Jesus says that this was not the Father’s plan, but their hearts were hard, or they were stubborn in their sin, and they would not accept His words.

    Not everyone has been given this word. Not everyone was able to live the life of celibacy and loneliness for the Kingdom like Paul was. God has a best plan, and He seems to have a permissible plan. When we try to press beyond that, we arrive contrary to His word and we sin.

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