UNDERSTANDING THE SCRIPTURES (18)

“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: To arrive at the full understanding of any subject matter, you don’t neglect paying attention to details in its entirety.

We have seen clearly from a body of scriptures that “hardness of heart” as used in Matthew 19:8 is in reference to unbelief. Recall, in Mark 16:14, hardness of heart was explained as unbelief. Note, that unbelief or their unbelief in his resurrection was described as hardness of heart. Hence, hardness of heart is used to describe unbelief of the truth; that is, what was spoken was not accepted. Recall verse 4 to 5 of Matthew 19, “And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, for this case shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?” God said a man and woman shall be one flesh.

Clearly, this shows that there was a request in their hearts before Moses and Moses permitted them because of the hardness of their heart. Thus, Moses evidently wrote concerning the hardness of their heart; Moses wrote and gave them the law because of the unyielding state/nature of their hearts. It was a response to the rejection in their hearts. Recall, the writer of Hebrews explained that rejection in Hebrews 3:14-18; Hebrews 4:1-2. That rejection was the rejection of the gospel. So, he wrote the law to them because they were hardened in their hearts to the gospel. The gospel of salvation communicated to the Jews using marriage metaphorically where God cannot divorce his church and which was to be mirrored in physical marriage. That unbelief was the reason for their request of divorcement so as to physically demonstrate their unbelief to that spiritual reality (that is, our eternal union with Christ). Hence, divorce is man-made. It is not because of God that we have divorce; it is because of man that we have divorce. Divorce was not instituted by God for man; divorce was instituted by man (that is, Moses) for man because men brought the request before the man Moses. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Study patiently.

Prayer: I grow in the knowledge of God’s word, in Jesus Name, Amen

QUOTE: Don’t omit details if you want to arrive at full comprehension.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 4; EVENING: MARK CHAPTER 16

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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