Things God Has Joined Together? I
By: Gary Colley
Matthew 19:6 speaks particularly about the marriage relationship, and mentions, ". . What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder." Only two things can dissolve a marriage in God's sight and those two things are adultery (Matthew 19:9) and death (Romans 7:1-5).
GOD HATH JOINED--IN MARRIAGE
Jesus had just referred (Matthew 19) to God's original law concerning marriage by saying, "Therefore shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they shall be one flesh (Genesis 2:24)." He quotes Moses' Law in answering the Pharisees who came tempting Him, but shows His law to be superior to that Law now removed (Colossians 2:14, Hebrews 10:9-10). Several lessons are definitely given because God has joined a man and his wife together in marriage and those are below.
1. They begin a new home; both parties joined, must be ready to leave the domain of father
2. They are to "cleave" (as if glued) to one another, letting no one or things come between
3. They are to be "one" in purpose, design, and aim, for life.
4. Warning is given that no one is to break this marriage asunder (divide it), since God hath
joined it together.
GOD HATH JOINED--FAITH AND THE BIBLE
One noted preacher said, "If all the time that I have spent praying for faith was put together it would be months. I thought that some day faith was going to come down and strike me like lightning, but faith did not come. One day I read Romans 10:17, 'So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.' I had closed my Bible and prayed for faith. NOW I OPENED MY BIBLE AND BEGAN TO READ GOD'S WORD AND FAITH HAS BEEN GROWING EVER SINCE."
The truth of Romans 10:17, "faith cometh by hearing God's word" is also emphasized in Acts 15:7, which says "that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the Gospel and believe, and in Acts 18:8, which says, "the Corinthians hearing, believed and were baptized." Faith and the word of God cannot be separated. "WHAT GOD HATH JOINED TOGETHER, LET NOT MAN PUT ASUNDER (Matthew 19:6)."