Observations Joseph wished to put away Mary for suspected fornication because they were betrothed to each other and their marriage had not yet consummated. This goes along with the excepting clause of Matthew 19:9: "except [it be] for fornication", not for adultery. To rely on liberal PCA scholarship, or on corrupt versions is not advisable. Christ showed disapproval of divorce when he said 'for the hardness of your heart Moses allowed divorce‚Äô. Earnest exegesis avoids casuistry. To say God is a divorcee is irreverent. Jeremiah 3 uses a figure of speech, or a strong allegory to show Israel her sin. Though the tribes of Israel ceased to exist, God brought the completion of his plan for his redeemed, in that Christ loved his church and gave himself for it.
janine elizabeth (5/27/2013)
Great Sermon! This is really heavy. I've never heard this preached before in what is in the prophets.
David Dykstra is the pastor of Grace Covenant Baptist Church of Willis, Texas. Before accepting the call to serve in Texas, he served as pastor in New Jersey for over 30 years. He is the author of Yearning to Breathe Free? Thoughts on Immigration, Islam, & Freedom and co-author...