My wife Chelsea and I continue our series about marriage. In this episode we begin to tackle the taboo subject of divorce.
We open with some divorce statistics:
About 44% of marriages in the United States end in divorce.
The top three reasons for divorce roughly include "lack of commitment," "incompatibility and growing apart," and "communication problems."
We then look at how divorce is defined and prescribed in the law of Moses and how things shifted a bit by the New Testament. We observe two interesting facts:
The Old Testament only discusses how a husband can "put away" his wife. We talk about why the land promise to the tribes of Israel possibly explains the apparent patriarchal system of marriage, but also how the sphere of "marriage" may have been broader than we define it legally today.
Jesus mentioned the concept of a wife "putting away" her husband. We look at three possible interpretations of this with some likely examples in the New Testament of women who divorced their husbands.