Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Divorce and Discipleship"

“Reflecting on what he was doing in preaching, Jonathan Edwards said, ‘I should think myself in the way of my duty, to raise the affections of my hearers as high as I possibly can, provided they are affected by nothing but truth.’ In other words, it’s not enough in preaching just to get the text right. We must then go to the next step and ask, ‘In what way do the truths of this text raise my affections, and those to whom I am preaching?” Josh Moody/Robin Weekes

‘From this point forward the narrative moves swiftly and relentlessly toward its inevitable climax in Jerusalem.” William Lane

“Their objective is to maintain a permissive divorce policy-and the more permissive the better. Schurer summarizes the Jewish position on divorce thus, ‘divorce was relatively easy in those days and the Pharisees and rabbis intended to keep it so. The Pharisees reflect the view that marriage is a disposable contractual arrangement.” James Edwards

“It (Deu 24:1) was meant to limit the problem of divorce, not serve as a license for this practice.” Robert Stein

“The rabbis mistook God’s gracious provision in allowing divorce as his approval of it.” Walter Wessel

“Divorce is contrary to the divine institution, and contrary to the nature of marriage, contrary to the divine action by which the union is affected. It is precisely here that its wickedness becomes singularly apparent-it is the sundering by man of a union God has constituted. Divorce is the breaking of a seal which has been engraven by the hand of God.” John Murray

“Jesus does not conceive of marriage on the grounds of its dissolution but on the grounds of its architectural design and purpose by God. The intent of Jesus teaching is not to shackle those who fail in marriage with debilitating guilt. The question is not whether God forgives those who fail in marriage. The question in our day of impermanent commitments and casual divorce is whether we as Christians will hear the unique call of God to discipleship in marriage.” James Edwards

“Happy are they who in the matter of marriage observe three rules…The second is not to expect too much from their partners, and to remember that marriage is, after all, the union of two sinners, and not of two angels.” J.C. Ryle

“Remember this, had any other condition been better for you than the one in which you are, divine love would have put you there.” Charles Spurgeon

“Did you ever notice how the Bible ends? It closes with that happiest of conclusions, marriage and happiness. The marriage of the Lamb is come, and his bride hath made herself ready. Infinite felicity closes the volume of revealed history. Earthquakes, and falling stars, and the pouring out of vials, follow with terrible speed; but it all ends in everlasting bliss and eternal union. Even thus shall it be with us, for the Lord hath blessed us hitherto.” Charles Spurgeon