What Does Jesus Teach About Divorce and Remarriage?

What Does Jesus Teach About Divorce and Remarriage?

Jul 22, 2018

Passage: Mark 10:1-12

Preacher: Tim Akin

Series: Follow Me: The Gospel According to Mark


Title: “What Does Jesus Teach About Divorce & Remarriage?”

Text: Mark 10:1-12

The monster’s here, the monster’s there, the monster is just everywhere. In my milk, in my tea, doesn’t it ever think of me? Mom’s here, Dad’s there, And I’m just not anywhere! How can I say this, without any force; The monster is called Divorce!” (Monster).

  1. God’s Design For Marriage Is One Man, One Woman, For Life (Mark 10:6-9).
    • Genesis 2:24: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”
    • John Piper: “The ultimate meaning of marriage is the representation of the covenant keeping love between Christ and His church.”


  1. Divorce Is Never God’s Desire (Mark 10:9).
    • Malachi 2:13-16: 13 And this second thing you do.You cover the Lord's altar with tears, with weeping and groaning because he no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor from your hand. 14 But you say, “Why does he not?” Because the Lord was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. 15 Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth. 16 “For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her, says the Lord, the God of Israel, covers his garment with violence, says the Lord of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless.”
  2. We Live In A Fallen World And Divorce Is A Reality (Mark 10:3-5).
    • 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, andhe 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.”


  1. There Are Biblical Grounds For Divorce & Remarriage (Mark 10:11).
    1. Adultery (Matthew 19:9):
      • Matthew 19:9: “And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another commits adultery.”
    2. Abandonment by an unbelieving spouse (1 Corinthians 7:10-16):
      • 1 Corinthians 7:12-16: 12 To the rest I say (I, not the Lord –) that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he should not divorce her.13 If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him. 14 For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. 15 But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases the brother or sister is not enslaved. God has called you to peace. 16 For how do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?”
    3. Divorce before you became a Christian (2 Corinthians 5:17). 
      • 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, He is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.”


  1. How Do I Apply These Truths?
    1. Always pursue reconciliation if possible:
    2. Let your church family help you through these issues:
    3. Remember that the Gospel offers us a fresh start: