10 Harden Not Your Heart

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It is my prayer we can see the beautiful rainbow of God’s word and how it is perfectly united. The subject of this sermon is divorce and remarriage. It is a subject that is in debate today and it was in debate in the time of Christ. Nothing has changed, we are still here. Jesus had finished his ministry in Galilee and he was passing through Perea on his way to Jerusalem. It was his last visit before he was crucified. On the way the Pharisees came to him. The Pharisees were the leaders of Israel.

Amongst the leaders there were the Pharisee’s and Sadducees and they had different ideas on the interpretation on the Old Testament. One of the debates they had was the interpretation of Deuteronomy 24. Every time there was a point of controversy, the Pharisees and Sadducees were very happy to come to Jesus to see what he had to say because if he said something wrong, they would get him. This is the background of Jesus being asked a question. These Pharisees as the Word of God says have come to Jesus to tempt him because John the Baptist had a position on divorce and remarriage. When you look through the tempting of the Pharisees and the leaders upon Jesus, they were always trying to get John and Jesus to be separate in their beliefs. They came knowing what John had done in preaching which caused his death so in the middle of this they said let’s go to Jesus.

The First Question

Matthew 19:1 And it came to pass, [that] when Jesus had finished these sayings, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan; 2 And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there. 3 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?

Here is the question. Their differences of opinion were that you could for any reason that was deemed by the patriarch of the house to be unclean or defiled, you could put your wife away for that reason. Others believed it was only for the uncleanness of adultery and fornication you could put your spouse away. They wanted to know, what does Jesus say about this? They came to him and they said, is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? What did Jesus say to them?

Matthew 19:4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made [them] at the beginning made them male and female, 5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? 6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

That was his answer. They said is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for any cause? What was his answer? He said from the beginning it wasn’t so.

Matthew 19:7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?

He answered their first question – is it lawful?

The Second Question

They asked him a second question. Why then did Moses do what he did? This is his next answer to the second question.

Matthew 19:8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. 9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except [it be] for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

They are challenging Jesus directly on Moses. What did Moses say? From the beginning what Moses said didn’t bear sway. Then he clarifies what Moses said as they had a problem with Deuteronomy 24 in the interpretation of it. Jesus gives the interpretation of Deuteronomy 24.

Deuteronomy 24:1 When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give [it] in her hand, and send her out of his house.

The Pharisees didn’t know how to interpret the word uncleanness. Jesus interpreted it for them. He says, I say unto you that if a man divorce his wife accept it be for fornication. This uncleanness was what? Fornication. The idea they had you could divorce for any reason, God was saying that is a misreading of Moses. Uncleanness is the only reason is for adultery. That is the only reason.

As the first question comes to Him, is it lawful?  He says from the beginning this is how it was.  They said why then did Moses write what he did?  He says Moses wrote it, but from the beginning it wasn’t like that but I will tell you thatthe interpretation of uncleanness it is adultery.  That is the interpretation of the uncleanness.  Moses wrote the bill of divorcement and when she is departed out of his house she may go and be another man’s wife.  This is the law that Moses stated with the interpretation of Jesus.

Was Moses a prophet? Yes. Prophecy is the testimony of Jesus. As the prophet Moses speaks, who is really saying this?  Jesus is saying this.  This is the order.  I want to embed into our brains exactly what is being said here. When she, the person has committed adultery has departed out of his house with the bill of divorcement in her hand, she the guilty party can marry again. That is what the Bible says.  The guilty party can go and marry someone else.

Deuteronomy 24:1 uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give [it] in her hand, and send her out of his house 2 And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man’s [wife]. 3 And [if] the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and giveth [it] in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, which took her [to be] his wife; 4 Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that [is] abomination before the LORD: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the LORD thy God giveth thee [for] an inheritance.

Here is the line-up. Two people need to be married. While they are married, there is only one sin that can undo that marriage and that according to Jesus interpretation is adultery or fornication. There is a marriage with adultery and a bill of divorcement is required and then there is a remarriage and then there is no reconciliation. They cannot be reconciled. It is an abomination God for them to be reconciled once the second marriage has been conducted. That is the process that the testimony of Jesus gave to Moses. There had to be adultery which was the ground, not the fruit. Then there had to be bill of divorcement given to her in her hand. Then she could marry and when she married again, there was no reconciliation. Sr White who is a prophet which is the testimony of Jesus says this;

 I saw that Sister Johnson as yet has no right to marry another man, but if she or any other woman should obtain a divorce legally on the ground that her husband was guilty of adultery, then she is free to be married to whom she chooses. {17MR 156.2}

Does that sound the same as what Moses said? There had to be a marriage, adultery and a legal divorcement with the party being proven guilty of the crime and then there was freedom to remarry. That is what the testimony of Jesus says. Through this prophet and through that prophet. That is what it says. If that rule isn’t followed, can there be a remarriage? If it is not on the ground on adultery and if it is on the ground of something else, can there be remarriage? No.

What is there is no legal divorcement with the party being proven guilty of the sin of adultery? What if your husband or wife has just committed adulterty and you said now you committed adultery I can go and marry again. Is that the process we read? No. What had to happen? You had to take your partner to court and prove that they were guilty of adultery and then you could. You had to do that first. If you didn’t do that, if you didn’t get the bill of divorcement as it says, a legal divorcement on the ground that the husband is guilty of adultery, that is the process, if we shortcut the process, is that correct? No. that is what Jesus was saying to the Pharisees. The Pharisees were trying to get him to either be out of sync with the law of Moses or with the law of John. What is he going to do? He cuts them both down. He matches up with John and Moses.

Matthew 19:7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?

How did the Pharisees interpret Deuteronomy? When you read Deuteronomy, was it a command? If a man puts away his wife then let him give her. If someone is going to divorce it has to be done legally. Marriage is not just a church thing but a legal community thing on the ground of a nation. It’s not just in the spiritual realm, it is in the social framework of society. Jesus says if you are going to do it you have to do it on the framework of society legally. They said Moses commanded us to do this and so they made it a law.

Matthew 19:8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.

Genesis

What’s the difference between a command and a suffering? These Pharisees were interpreting what they wanted. Jesus refers back to where? When they first asked him the question is it lawful, where did he point them to? The book of Genesis. Who wrote the book of genesis? Moses. Moses says this but Moses says that. Look what Moses said there because what he says there was what I want. He said that but if you want me to interpret that, that is adulterty, it is not anything else but adultery. But from the beginning Moses said this. I will interpret this if you want me to, I will tell you what Moses meant but look at that. Can you see what Jesus is doing to the Pharisees? The exact same line-up is in Mark chapter 10 which is the same experience of Matthew 19 as they are the same record.

Mark

Mark 10:2 And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away [his] wife? tempting him.3 And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you?  4 And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put [her] away.  5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.

If it wasn’t for the hard heart, would the precept be written? It wasn’t written for any other reason than for a hard hearted person.

Mark 10:5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.  6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.  7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;  8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. 9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

Mark is recording the same exact situation that Matthew recorded. Mark doesn’t record his comment to their second question, Mathew does. But what Mark does record is what Jesus said to his disciples, when they walked, they finished with the Pharisees and they walked into the house at the end of the day and the disciples asked the exact same question.

Mark 10:10 And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same [matter].

Pharisee or Disciple?

The Pharisees are gone. Have we got the picture? Jesus is in the room with the disciples and the disciples were puzzled about this like most Adventists are. They said tell us the same thing on the same point. Who is he talking to? Pharisees or disciples?  To his disciples.

Mark 10:11 And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.  12 And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.

That’s what he told his disciples and He didn’t say anymore to them. Which do you want to be? A Pharisee or disciple? If you want to be a Pharisee I will tell you what a Pharisee needs to hear but if you want to be a disciple I will tell you what a disciple needs to hear as they are two different things. Is the framework clear of the setting in which Jesus answered them? The Pharisees were tempting him and he had to answer them according to everything that God has said living by every word. Jesus can’t make effect of none effect something written in the Old Testament. He has to refer to it blatantly and say yes that is what he says but he doesn’t use it as the reason.

He points them back to what Moses said before. Ellen white said the same thing that Moses said in Deuteronomy but she also said that nothing but death should sever. That is also what she said. Moses says Deuteronomy 24 and he also said Genesis. Ellen white says the same thing in Deuteronomy 24 and she also says Genesis 2:24. The disciples were told the Genesis reality and the Pharisees were told the Deuteronomy reality. Why was one told one thing and the others told another thing? Who had hard hearts? This is the question, do you have a hard heart? If you have a hard heart them you will receive something different.

Ezekiel 20:23 I lifted up mine hand unto them also in the wilderness, that I would scatter them among the heathen, and disperse them through the countries;

Who was he talking to? Who was in the wilderness? Israel. Who was their leader? Moses.

Ezekiel 20:24 Because they had not executed my judgments, but had despised my statutes, and had polluted my sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers’ idols.

Where did the Sabbath originate? Eden. They polluted what came from Eden. What did their fathers have? How many wives? More than one wife. They wanted their father’s idols.

Ezekiel 20:25 Wherefore I gave them also statutes [that were] not good, and judgments whereby they should not live;

Because they wanted something so much, I gave them something but you shouldn’t live by that. The Hebrews in the wilderness were lusting after their father’s idols. He gave them a statute which he says they should not live by. The question is, what should we live by? The record in Luke 16 is a different event than Matthew 19 and Mark 10. They are the same event recorded from two different people.

The Faithful Steward

Luke 16:10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.

What is he talking about? What is the principle here? He is talking about faithfulness. What is faithfulness mean? Not committing adultery? Is that faithfulness? It is part of it. Is it more than that? Faithfulness in money? It is being full of faith. He that is full of faith in the little things of his life, will be faithful in the greater things.

Luke 16:11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true [riches]? 12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

You can’t be faithful and unfaithful at the same time. You can’t be a steward of God and deal with what he has given you correctly and not deal with it correctly at the same time, it is impossible. You are either faithful or you are not. You either have faith or you have a hard heart. It is one or the other. Who is listening to the words that Jesus spoke?

Luke 16:14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.

What does covetous mean? Wanting someone else’s things. The Apostle says I had not known lust accept the law had said thou shalt not covet. Lust is the breaking of covetousness. To lust after something that is not yours. The Pharisees were covetous hard hearted and the disciples who were full of faith – two totally different classes, and Jesus is saying if you are going to be faithful in the little things of your life then you will be faithful in the bigger.

Luke 16:15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

The Pharisees esteemed something which had to do with covetousness or lust and they esteemed that very highly and God said what you highly esteem is an abomination before God.

Luke 16:16 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.

Up until John was the Old Testament rituals and when John preached he announced the transition into the kingdom of heaven. No longer the national institution of Israel, but the kingdom of God received in the heart. Everyone loved the teachings of Jesus and tried to press into it but they had too much baggage.

Luke 16:17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.

Jesus talked about faithfulness and the covetous people hated what He said. He said what you as covetous lustful people esteem is an abomination before God. Then God referring to Himself and His law in the covenant points to His faithfulness and says it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for God to be unfaithful. God is showing His faithfulness in contrast to their covetousness. Then in verse 18 He touches the point.

Luke 16:18 Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.

Can you see what Jesus is talking about? He is getting to the point of people desiring other people to be their wives. That which is highly esteemed before man is an abomination before God. That is what even Deuteronomy says. The question is, are you faithful in that what is least? We talked in a previous study about the symbolism that God has given into our hands. If you have a beautiful picture of your husband or your wife and take a knife and stab and cut that picture and then burn it and you think, oh, I am not doing that to my husband what does it matter, the picture is only a shadow or symbol of my husband. When we deal with the shadow or symbols that God has given us, there are two extremes.

1. You can idolise that picture so much that when your husband comes into the room you do not care about him, you only want the picture of him. You are so obsessed with the picture of him which is the shadow that you are not interested in the reality. That is what has happened in the Catholic church. They are so obsessed with the pictures and the crucifixes and everything else but when the reality Christ crucified among us (Galatians 3:1) they say oh we don’t want that, we want the symbol. In the study in this series, ‘The Marriage Supper Of The Lamb.’ We saw that marriage is a symbol of heaven.  Christ the Bridegroom, His Church the Bride and the close relation between them.

2. The second extreme is in treating the picture of you husband instead of idolising it as a piece of rubbish. ‘I don’t care, it is not my husband. I can rip it, I can burn it, I can do whatever I like to it. It is not my husband.’ Can you see what I am trying to explain here about the picture, the shadow?

He that is faithful in the least (the shadow) will be faithful in that which is much. In other words if you can’t look after something that is a symbol of your husband, how can you actually love your husband? This is what the Bible is trying to communicate to us.

1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

1 Timothy 2:9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety;

God is saying there is a peculiarity with God’s people. For example, being particular in dress – how can you be if you are unfaithful in the small matter of clothing your body be faithful in the garment of Christs Righteousness? If you say I walk around in my bikinis as Christ covers me, does that make sense? It doesn’t make sense.

Hebrews 11:1 Because faith is the evidence of things not seen.

God gives to us a possession of something that is represented in heaven. He gave it to the Jews in the sacrificial service that represented the cross. When Jesus came they focused on the sacrificial service instead on Jesus the Lamb of God to whom it all pointed. They were not faithful in the little things. We are a royal priesthood. The priesthood of the children of Aaron are a symbol of what we should be.

Malachi 3:2 But who may abide the day of His coming? And who shall stand when He appeareth? for He is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:  3 And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.

The sons of Levi are the priesthood. We need to have faith to know that according to Revelation 1 where it says they are kings and priests unto God, that we are these people, waiting for His coming. Therefore God has given us small things to be faithful in which gives us proof that we can be faithful priests in heaven. God has given marriage as a symbol of the plan of salvation and faith being the evidence of things not seen, the evidence of the marriage union is what is in heaven. The marriage you see is what you can’t see.

Romans 7 Is A Covenant

Romans 7:1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) (people who are spiritual) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?  2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.  3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.  4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ…

What is he talking about? He is talking about the old and the new covenant. He is talking about the symbolism of marriage and trying to teach the lesson of the reality of rebirth and marriage to Christ. In other words, if we believe that we can divorce and remarry without a death we are saying in our symbol that we can become a Christian without dying to the world. Do you see that? If I commit adultery with the devil for we are by nature married to the devil, he is our master and no man can serve two masters. We are bound to the satanic mentality from the law that is within us so we are married to him. If I commit adultery, and say okay Jesus, will you marry me now? Will He marry us? I committed adultery. To the Christian church James writes;

James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

The only way that Christ will marry His bride is if she dies. What does baptism represent? Death. You cannot see or be in the kingdom of heaven unless you become born again. Christ will not accept somebody who is married to someone else. He won’t do it. Here it speaks about the High Priest who represents Jesus. When we read about the High Priest in Leviticus we read about Jesus.

Leviticus 21:13 And he shall take a wife in her virginity. 14 A widow, or a divorced woman, or profane, or an harlot, these shall he not take: but he shall take a virgin of his own people to wife.

This symbolism is telling us what the reality is doing, that Jesus Christ will not accept any marriage unless there is a death and rebirth, a new creature. It says He will not take a widow: So me in sinfulness, if the devil will die today, does that mean that I can marry Christ? He won’t even take a widow. The devil is dead now. He died. I am still carnal, sold under sin. My nature is enmity against God and He says, I won’t take you, you have to die first. This is the symbolism we are talking about. Christ won’t take a divorced person. So if the devil says, ‘you are a pain, go away, will Christ take me? No. I have to die first.  If I am profane, that is I hate the devil so much. Will Christ take me, because I hate the devil? No, I have to die first. If I am a harlot and I went to every religion, a bit of Buddhism or whatever, can I be a Christian then? No, He won’t take you unless you die. That is what it says. The High Priest being the shadow. He who is faithful in the symbolism will be faithful in what is much. What does faithfulness have to do with divorce and remarriage if I am the innocent party?

The Innocent Party

Malachi 2:1 O ye priests, this commandment is for you.

Are we priests? This is for us.

Malachi 2:13 And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that He regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand.

Why doesn’t God hear me? I am weeping at the altar and He doesn’t regard my prayer. Revelation 3 says He will spew the Laodicean angel out, the people of Laodicea as a corporate large denomination. Ellen White writes that the spewing out represents that God will not hear nor accept your form of worship of praise. This is what happened in the Laodicea church period. Why does God not accept your prayers anymore?

Malachi 2:14 Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. 

The word ‘treacherously” is translated in the margin ‘unfaithfully’ You have treated her faithlessly. In Deuteronomy who was the adulterer? The husband or the wife? It was in that patriarchal system that the man always put the wife away. There was no divorce of the woman against the man. That was done in other cultures. In the Jewish culture it was the woman that committed adultery and the man kicked her out. Who is being faithless? You have been treacherous against the wife of your youth. He is talking to the Priest, the man. The man who is the innocent party kicked his wife out,

Malachi 2:15 against whom thou hast dealt treacherously yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant? 

And did not He make one? Does this not speak about Genesis? Two became one. Hear this ye priests, this commandment is for you.

Malachi 2:15 Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed.

So that the children are benefited with a harmonious parenthood. If the parents are at odds, does that help the children? No, it doesn’t at all.

Malachi 2:15 Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal faithless against the wife of his youth. 16 For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that He hates divorce: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.

God Hates Divorce

God hates divorce. This commandment is for you priests. The man is the innocent party but God still hates it. There is a Spirit of Prophecy quote which says if you take some of your brethren to court it is like crucifying Christ afresh. Now what is the process of divorce if you really want to do it in case of adultery? You had to take the person to court and prove that they were guilty of adultery and in doing that is like crucifying Christ afresh. That’s painful. God is talking to the priest and says He hates divorce.  Therefore take heed to your spirit that ye deal not faithless. In other words if you have vowed a covenant vow to your wife which is a symbol God’s covenant to you and when you break the marriage vow you are saying in the symbol that God is breaking His covenant. That’s what you are saying.

You are ripping up the picture. My covenant at my wedding day was that I told my wife that I love her in sickness and in health and in all the vicissitudes of life till death do us part.  That’s what I said and what I said was a symbol of the covenant that God had made. I really, really want to be faithful. I don’t want to have a hard heart. I don’t want to be a Pharisee and ask Jesus these questions, ‘is it lawful?’ If you have a hard heart of course it is and then you can do whatever you like but if I am a disciple and I come into the house with Jesus and ask Him, He’ll tell me the truth. He’ll tell me really what He wants.

Revelation 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for He is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with Him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

Even fewer are faithful. What do you want to be? Do you want to be faithful? If you are faithful in that which is leastwhich is your own covenant that you made with your wife, that is the least. It is only very small thing compared to the covenant God made with us. Nevertheless if you are unfaithful in your covenant, we’re not talking here of unfaithfulness in regards to adultery if I have vowed ‘till death do us part’ and then take my partner to court and prosecute her for the sin of adultery and get a legal divorcement and then marry someone else and then have no room for reconciliation, there is no faith in that at all.

Unfaithful in My Vow

It is totally unfaithful even though I have been faithful in not committing adultery yet I have been unfaithful in my vow. Those that are with God are called.  The Pharisees were also called but they were too worried about what they highly esteemed which is an abomination with God. God says ‘I hate divorce’.

Called, Chosen and Faithful

Then there are some that are chosen and then there needs to be some that are faithful. Who is it that will dwell in heaven? Is it for those who just want the letter of the law, the hard hearted rules that God gave them which they shouldn’t live by? This is the big question.

Psalm 15:1 Who shall abide in Thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in Thy holy hill?  2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. 3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour. 4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.

I personally have said to my wife that nothing but death will separate us. That is my vow, that is my swearing. He that sweareth to his own hurt and changeth not are the people that will dwell in heaven. In other words, if my wife leaves me that really hurts but I have sworn to my wife I will not marry someone else while she lives and I want to be in heaven. Even if it hurts me I am not going to change. Do you know why? God doesn’t change and I am to be a shadow, a priest.

Leviticus 21

The High Priest and the priests weren’t to marry a widow, divorcee, a profane woman or a harlot. Are we a representation by faith of the common priest? Jesus is the High Priest. the Scriptures tells me by faith that if I want to seek a wife I should not seek someone who is divorced. This is what the Bible says about the shadow of things and my faithfulness to my wife is not a matter of avoiding adultery or not but keeping to my word the things that I have said even if it hurts me, even if I am pained through and through I will not change.

I like to encourage you as we look at the Scriptures when the Pharisees came to Jesus and asked Him the question He pointed them back to the beginning. This is how He wanted it but if they really wanted to know what Moses said he said, ‘okay, I will tell you what Moses said and if you want to get divorced that is the way you have to do it. If you don’t want to do it because you don’t want to break your faith by taking someone to court, you can’t do it. Therefore God’s people who want to go to heaven have to be faithful to deal with the woman that they have married. May God bless our lives as we show forth His praises in our daily lives of the shadow.

Posted on October 24, 2009, in Marriage. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I asked last sabbath about the 144000 by email I dont know if you received it but I will ask again. If 144000 are to be saved then there are a lot of people who really try to live as close to God as they know and believe how are going to be very hart broken and devistated, What about all those thousands that died for God because there were more than 144000 who died horriable deaths for their love of God??? I would really like an answer please because I am a BIG sinner and am trying to live as God wants me to in His love but if only144000 are to be saved then I dont stand a chance of ever being in Gods kingdom and that really breaks my heart because that is where I want to be with the God that I love with this sinfull heart of mine.

    Please let me know what is the truth on this matter.

    Regards
    Cecillia

    P.S. I used to be an Adventist but I got blind by the devils ways now I want to come home to my faith which I know is the only way to a rich and happy life.

  2. pls can u send me more lectures on 144000 people in the bible

  3. can you sent me more sermon with there slides

  1. Pingback: Studies on the 144,000 « Sabbath Sermons

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