Divorce and Oaths

Matthew 5:31-37

Divorce and Oaths

Matthew 5:31-37

Sermon Notes

Preacher: Joel Fair


The Way of the King demands an unobtainable perfection freely gifted to us in Christ


The Way of the King

Seldom is the way of the King

Our natural response

Easy

Us obtaining what we want

Often the Way of the King is

Suffering

Persecution

Dying - If not literal, then at least to what I want


Deuteronomy 6:4-6 The SHEMA 

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.


Joel 2:12-13

“Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster. 


Matthew 5:17

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them”


Col 1:19-20

For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.


Matthew 5:31-32 - Divorce

“It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.


Deuteronomy 24:1-4

“When a man takes a wife and marries her, if then she finds no favor in his eyes because he has found some indecency in her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her out of his house, and she departs out of his house, and if she goes and becomes another man’s wife, and the latter man hates her and writes her a certificate of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her out of his house, or if the latter man dies, who took her to be his wife, then her former husband, who sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after she has been defiled, for that is an abomination before the Lord. And you shall not bring sin upon the land that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance. 


Matthew 19:3-9

And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” 4 He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” 7 They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?” 8 He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. 9 And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.”


Matthew 5:33-37 - Oaths

“Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.”


Leviticus 19:11-12

You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another. You shall not swear by my name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.


Matthew 23:16

Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it is nothing, but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.


Col 1:19-20

For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

Celebration Song List

CELEBRATE Who God Is

Look And See

Oh! Great Is Our God

CONNECT Our Need for Christ

I Am Satisfied In You

COMMUNITY In the Word and Communion

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

CONTRIBUTION of Praise

God Is For Us

Hail The King

Community Group Questions

QUESTION 1:

As we finish Matthew 5 and the three week miniseries of Jesus teachings to our motivations, we conclude with Jesus saying "You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect." The way of the King demands perfection. How do you wrestle with this demand in your own heart? Do you try to go out and perform perfection? Or is your tendency to throw this statement out since obviously you cannot be perfect?

QUESTION 2:

To finish the statement above - The way of the King demands an unattainable perfection freely gifted to us in Christ. How has Jesus gifted us with this perfection? What is the role of the Holy Spirit in this gifting?

QUESTION 3:

Read Paul's encouragement to the the church found in Colossians 1:19-23. Discuss what it means "not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard". What are some tangible ways we can do this in our everyday life of worship?

QUESTION 4:

PRAYER NOTES