Thursday, August 27, 2015

Parasha Ki Tetze "When you go" (Devarim / Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19)

Fifth Aliyah (Ch 23:25-Ch 24:4)

Deut 24:1-4 (CJB) “Suppose a man marries a woman and consummates the marriage but later finds her displeasing, because he has found her offensive in some respect. He writes her a divorce document, gives it to her and sends her away from his house.  She leaves his house, goes and becomes another man’s wife; but the second husband dislikes her and writes her a get, gives it to her and sends her away from his house; or the second husband whom she married dies. In such a case her first husband, who sent her away, may not take her again as his wife, because she is now defiled. It would be detestable to Adonai, and you are not to bring about sin in the land Adonai your God is giving you as your inheritance.”

The issues of adultery, marriage, and sexual immorality are continuous themes throughout the Scriptures.  These things are of utmost importance it seems to HaShem.

Ephesians 5:5 (CJB) “ For of this you can be sure: every sexually immoral, impure or greedy person — that is, every idol-worshipper — has no share in the Kingdom of the Messiah and of God.”

Hebrews 13:4 (ESV) “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.”

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (ESV) “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

Colossians 3:5 (ESV) “ Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.”

Over and over again throughout the Tanakh and the Brit Chadashah we are admonished to remain faithful.  Sexual immorality is compared with idolatry, and both the sexually immoral and the idolater have “no place in the Kingdom of God”.

1 Corinthians 6:18-20 (CJB) “Run from sexual immorality! Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the fornicator sins against his own body. Or don’t you know that your body is a temple for the Ruach HaKodesh who lives inside you, whom you received from God? The fact is, you don’t belong to yourselves; for you were bought at a price. So use your bodies to glorify God.”

Our bodies are the “temple” within which God has decided to dwell.  And sexual immorality is sin against this “temple” and as such is disgraceful to HaShem.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17 (CJB) “Don’t you know that you people are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? So if anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you yourselves are that temple.”

Now on the matter of biblical divorce, HaShem made provisions, allowing a man to write a “writ of divorce” to biblically sever the marriage, to “send her away”.  Deuteronomy 24:1-4 seems to permit this if the husband “finds her offensive in some respect”, with the provision that once the writ is given, the wife may not return to that husband.

Yeshua spoke of this in the Gospels, He says in Matthew 19:3-9 (ESV), “And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one's wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?” He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.”

So we find that it appears that Yeshua has raised the bar, in now only permitting divorce for the case of sexual immorality.  It could also be argued, that because of the link, as described above, between sexual immorality and idolatry, that idolatry is implied here as well.

1 Corinthians 7:12-16 (KJV) "But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away.  And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace. For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?"

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