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What constitutes marriage

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Living together is not marriage.

Living together is not marriage.

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    What constitutes marriage What constitutes marriage Presentation Transcript

    • What Constitutes Marriage? Today there is much confusion about marriage, divorce and re-marriage. Before you dive into the deep study, there must be some understanding of how marriage and divorce are defined.
    • TODAY
      • A lot of “fuzzy” thinking on this subject.
      • Many are living together without a legal liscense or ceremony.
      • Is marriage more than a piece of paper at the court house?
      • What does the Bible teach about marriage?
    • TODAY
      • Think about these illustrations
      • #1 – Couple is engaged, set the date for their wedding, decide to begin living together.
      • Is this OK because they have made a commitment to each other?
      • Is this fornication?
    • TODAY
      • Think about these illustrations
      • #2 – Married couple drifts apart, gets a legal divorce, later he marries again, she claims to have “just cause” and is free to marry with God's approval.
      • He is guilty of adultery because they are still married in the eyes of God.
      • The divorce ended the previous marriage and he is no longer her husband.
    • DEFINITIONS:
      • MARRIAGE is the process by which two people who love each other make their relationship public, official, and permanent. It is the joining of two people in a bond that lasts until death, but in practice is increasingly cut short by divorce. (Psychology Today website)
      • DIVORCE is the leagal and formal dissolution of a marriage, to dissolve legally a marriage - dictionary
    • BIBLE STUDY:
      • Genesis 2:22-24 22 Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. 23 And Adam said: "This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man." 24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
      • This marriage involved – Leaving and Joining
    • BIBLE STUDY:
      • Patriarchs “took” wives
      • Leviticus 21:14 A widow or a divorced woman or a defiled woman or a harlot--these he shall not marry ; but he shall take a virgin of his own people as wife.
      • Marry and Take = Marriage
      • There is a public declaration - “This person is now married.”
      • God does not specify – ceremony, ritual, or custom – but is part of the public declaration
    • BIBLE STUDY:
      • Wedding includes:
      • Spiritual commitment before God – Matthew 19:6
      • Compliance with government requirements
      • Public declaration (ceremony, notice in paper, wear wedding rings, follow customs of your culture)
    • BIBLE STUDY:
      • LATER – Time of Moses and in NT
      • Engagement (betrothal) was considered binding and required a divorce to break off
      • But was NOT marriage.
      • Why was Mary's pregnancy a shame?
      • They were engaged (betrothed) but not married
    • BIBLE STUDY:
      • DIVORCE – In the Law of Moses
      • Required a “certificate of divorce” - legal document
      • Deuteronomy 24:1 "When a man takes a wife and marries her, and it happens that she finds no favor in his eyes because he has found some uncleanness in her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce , puts it in her hand, and sends her out of his house,
    • BIBLE STUDY:
      • Mark 6:17-18 17 For Herod himself had sent and laid hold of John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife; for he had married her. 18 For John had said to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."
      • Was Herod married to Herodias? Yes.
      • Was it a legal marriage? Yes.
      • Was it approved of God? No.
    • CONCLUSIONS TO DRAW:
      • Marriage included:
      • Intent, promise, engagement
      • Public acknowledgment
      • Illustration #1 – Living together before marriage is fornication
      • 1 Corinthians 7:2 Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality (fornication), let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.
    • CONCLUSIONS TO DRAW:
      • Marriage included:
      • Intent, promise, engagement
      • Public acknowledgment
      • Legal requirements met
      • A couple is married when they comply with the laws of God and the regulations and laws of the territory where they reside.
    • CONCLUSIONS TO DRAW:
      • The Example of Herod:
      • Herod and Herodias were married.
      • Did God sanction the marriage? NO.
      • Legal – married; God – not legitimate
      • Meet legal requirement = married
      • Meet legal requirements = divorced
      • It is possible to be married and that marriage not be approved by God.
    • CONCLUSIONS TO DRAW:
      • Illustration #2
      • The divorce was not for a scriptural reason
      • Still – they are divorced
      • When he married again – he had a legal marriage – but not approved by God
      • His marriage has NO BEARING on her freedom to marry again.
    • ROY DEAVEN:
      • Marriage is an agreement (a contract) between two eligible parties, to take each other in holy matrimony, according to the laws of God and the land. When I promounce a couple “husband and wife” they are in fact at that time husband and wife.”
      • Your Marriage Can Be Great , edited by Tomas Warren, page 93