divorce and remarriage
once married always married
If divorced is it O.K. to marry again?
Grounds for divorce
Moses only said, "because he hath found some uncleanness in her:
Many have been taught that, based upon Matthew 5:32, and 19:9, except for fornication, there are no grounds for divorce. "Once married - always married." This belief is based, in part, upon the understanding that "fornication" has to do with unmarried people only. So, the conclusion is, if your new wife turned out not to be a virgin, you may, upon discovery, divorce her, otherwise there are no grounds for divorce.
We generally think "fornication" has to do only with relations between unmarried couples. However, the word "fornication" is used very generally in the Scripture.
1 Corinthians 5:1 It is reported commonly [that there is] fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife.
The definitions of the Hebrew and Greek words translated "fornication" in the Bible are quite different from the definition in the average dictionary. Here are the definitions from Strong's Concordance. They are words #4202 -#4205.
#4202 Pornea from 4203; to act the harlot (including adultery and incest). Figuratively - idolatry. Translated fornication.
#4203 Porneuo from 4204; To act the harlot, i.e., to indulge in unlawful lust (of either sex), or figuratively - to practice idolatry. Translated "commit fornication."
#4204 Porne; Feminine of 4205. A strumpet. Translated "harlotry" or "whore."
#4205 Pornos; To sell; a male prostitute, a debauchee, libertine. Translated "fornicator" and "whoremonger."
Moses was deliberately vague since man's imagination when it comes to sin seems limitless. Had Christ answered the question, then, no matter what he said, the Pharisees could have said, "Then what about?"
The above listed activities are classified "fornication." Just as firing a gun at your neighbor kills, these acts destroy marriages separating what God hath joined together.
If A Divorce Is Necessary, Then What?
Here is a Bible example. God divorces His wife Israel.
Jeremiah 3:8 "And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a bill of divorcement;.."
Marriage is a lawful contract. When God married Israel at Mt. Sinai, He did it according to law. Today, we call this marriage contract the Old Covenant. The prophets thereafter referred to Israel as God's wife. Israel's following after other gods was viewed in scripture as an adulterous violation of the marriage contract. The prophets were pointing out that, because of sin, Israel had "some uncleanness" in her.
Exactly who did God divorce when he divorced 'Israel'? Obvious answer "The Jews". If you believe that to be correct read this: (Notice there are four kings of four different countries.)
King Ahaz of Judah
King Tiglathpileser of Assyria
King Pekah of Israel
King Rezin of Syria
Question 61: In 2 Kings 16:6 the Jews are art war with Israel.