Jesus on Divorce and Marriage

This past weekend at Eastbrook, we continued our preaching series entitled “Jesus Said What?!” by turning to another tough topic: divorce and marriage. But is that really the only point of these passages? We look at two important passages on these topics in Matthew 19:1-12 and Matthew 22:23-33.

This message is from the eighth part of our longer journey through the Gospel of Matthew, which includes “Family Tree,” “Power in Preparation,” “Becoming Real,” “The Messiah’s Mission,” “Stories of the Kingdom,” “Who Do You Say I Am?“, and “‘Tis the Reason.”

You can find the message video and outline below. You can also view the entire series here. Join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.


“Haven’t you read,” Jesus replied, that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’?” (Matthew 19:4-5)

The First Test (Matthew 19:1-12)

The hostile question from the Pharisees (19:3)

Background on divorce in Jesus’ day

Starting in the right place:

  • First principles: Genesis 1:27; 2:24 (19:4-6)
  • Second principles: Deuteronomy 24:1-4 (19:7-9)

The disciples’ shock and the invitation to celibacy for the kingdom (19:10-12)

Key points:

  • The issue of divorce
  • The approach to questions
  • The deeper issue of hard hearts

The Second Test (Matthew 22:23-33)

The hostile question and parable from the Sadducees (22:23-28)

Background on levirate marriage (Deuteronomy 25:5-10)

Jesus’ first response (22:29-30)

Jesus’ second response (22:31-32)

Key points:

  • The issue of remarriage and resurrection
  • The approach to questions/debates
  • The deeper issue of disregard for Scripture and God’s power

Responding to Jesus

God and Our Relationships

Questions and MotivationsHearts and Minds


Dig Deeper:

This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:

  • Memorize Matthew 19:6 or 22:32
  • Take time alone with God this week to let God search your heart and mind. Like the Pharisees, have you become hard-hearted? Like the Sadducees, are you disregarding God’s Word or power?
  • Pray about relationships this week. If married, pray for God’s grace and power in your marriage. If single, pray you might live for God’s glory in your singleness. If desiring marriage, pray the Lord would provide a spouse who honors Him but also for true contentment. If divorced, pray for healing from the wounds and scars of divorce. Regardless, ask God to minister to our church so that in all our relationships we would seek Him first.

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