“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5

LIGHT FOR NOW: The truth of a text is still there whether it was misinterpreted or not

In bringing Jesus’ words to the spotlight in Matthew 19:3-8 where Genesis 1:27 and Genesis 2:24 were referenced, then Ephesians 5:30-32 made it clear to us that this no divorce plan of God was more of a spiritual reality than a physical communication; it was about Christ and the church. That is, in the union or amalgamation or marriage of Christ and the church (which is salvation by implication), there is no divorce; God will not divorce his church. In essence, marriage in Genesis 1 and 2 was figuratively used to teach salvation. Marriage therefore, was used by Moses in Genesis as a metaphor to teach God’s salvation plan; where God is united to his church forever never to be separated. Whereas in Deuteronomy 24:1-5, the Pharisees spoke in literal terms, that is, divorce in physical marriage, Jesus however took them back to a spiritual truth of God’s marriage with the church; that is, in God’s marriage with his wife (the church), there is no such thing as divorce.

In essence, physical marriage was to reflect spiritual marriage (God and his church). However, divorce was instructed in Deuteronomy 24 because of man. Divorce in marriage is man-made. In deep clarity, the physical divorce of Deuteronomy 24 was Moses’ way of communicating the unbelief of the people to the spiritual truth of Genesis 1:27 and Genesis 2:24. That is, their unbelief to God’s eternal union with the church which is salvation was demonstrated physically as divorce. When many read the marriage account of Genesis, what they have in their minds always is physical marriage, but they miss the point because marriage there was used as a metaphor to communicate salvation. In other words, salvation is marriage; God’s eternal union with the church. However, in men’s system (that is, man’s marital institution), there is an institution of divorce; and don’t forget that their unbelief to the spiritual reality of God’s eternal union with the church was physically demonstrated as divorce. That is why Jesus in verse 8 of Matthew 19 said “Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so”. We will explore verse 8 of Matthew 19 in next study and take the investigation further. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Pay attention to details while reading.

PRAYER: I receive understanding as I study through, in Jesus Name. Amen.

QUOTE: Many interpretation problems can be solved by systematic reading.


Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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