A. The phrase, "Divorce granted", is heard
thousands of times each year in America. The marriage that was begun with
"till death doth part us" has fallen far short of that goal.
Gone are all the plans for a life of togetherness.
Gone are all the plans that were dreamed, and talked about during the early day
of the marriage.
Gone are all hopes of a happy husband-wife relationship.
B. The divorce rate
in America is at an epidemic
1. In Los Angeles, California, the rate was one
divorce out of four marriages in 1900-1910. From 1940-1946, the rate was five
divorces in six marriages.
2. It has been stated that the rate nationwide
three divorces for every five marriages. The yearly total is fast approaching
400,000 a year, and legal separations are estimated to number more than
2,000,000 a year. These figures tell us nothing about the couples separated by
mutual consent, etc.
C. Some enter marriage with divorce already on their
1. "If it doesn't work, we can always
2. Some even make an agreement beforehand to divorce
if it doesn't work out.
D. In this lesson let's study some Biblical facts
I. GOD HATES PUTTING AWAY
Marriage is for life (Matthew 19:5).
Ignorance is no excuse.
B. The mutual love of husband and wife is made
figure of the relation in which God stands to His people.
Isaiah 54:5; Hosea 2:19ff.
II. THE LAW SAID: "THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY".
The penalty for sexual immorality (Lev. 20:10-21).
1. Another man's wife
Step-mother (Lev. 20:12) etc.
III. THE TEACHING OF CHRIST
IV. THE TEACHING OF PAUL
Romans 7:2,3; I Corinthians 7:39.
V. ADULTERY IS A SIN
AGAINST THE FOLLOWING:
God (Genesis 39:9).
The body (I Corinthians 6:19; Proverbs 6:32).
Against the family (Matthew 19:9; Ephesians 5:21-23).
Against the personality (Proverbs 6:32).
Against the whole of society.
VI. SOME CAUSES OF
Unrest, and war.
The Broken Home or Family.
One leads to another.
"Son like father".
Ruling God out of lives.
Never go to church.
Never study Bible.
Different religious beliefs.
Of biological functions.
Of human nature.
Permits divorce for any cause.
Lawyer sometimes encourage.
VII. SOME CONSEQUENCES
Adultery (Matthew 19:3-9).
Deprivation of children.
The Bible makes it clear
that God intended one man for one woman, for life. Divorce is a deadly enemy of
the home and happiness. We must always remember that marriage is for life.
1. What phrase is heard thousands of
times each year?
Discuss the phrase, "till death
doth part us".
3. Research the divorce
rate for the
last year in your city or county.
4. Discuss some of the attitudes people
enter marriage with.
Read and discuss Malachi 2:16.
6. Discuss adultery under the Law of
7. Read and discuss
8. Adultery is against:
9. Give some causes
10. Give some additional
consequences of divorce.