SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- Divorce was a permanent and final act for the couple. This restriction was established in order to prevent frivolous separation and casual remarriage. God wants His people to think twice before divorcing. God hates divorce (see Malachi 2:16) and loves honor and commitment. (Verses 1-5)
- In order to maintain a pure community, God’s people of this inner camp were to demonstrate the highest form of integrity in all of their relationships, neighborly interactions, and work. The nations surrounding Israel were marked by their barbaric and immoral lifestyles. Through these laws, God provided a way for His people to be blameless. (Verses 6-22)
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
- Marriage illustrates the idea of God’s covenant with His people. God remains faithful and committed to loving us. God’s children are to demonstrate the same commitment toward Him and also each other.
- God hates divorce, because God loves people. He knows the pain that divorce brings and wants to spare people of that pain. If you’re in a struggling marriage, God wants to help your marriage get where it needs to be. If you’ve been divorced, God wants to help you to heal.
- Just as God provided the laws for the Israelites to walk blamelessly, He provides us with Jesus today. Because of His sacrifice and grace, we too can walk blamelessly (see Colossians 1:22).
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- If you’re married, how can you reaffirm your vows to your spouse this week?
- How can you reaffirm your commitment to God this week?
- Take some time to talk with God this week. Thank Him for sending His son to die in order to set you free from the punishment of sin. You are free and blameless because of Jesus.