The Disciples Were Astonished

The Disciples Are Astonished (Matthew 19:10-12)

The Lord Jesus explained to the Pharisees that they cannot put away their wives for any reason they have invented, but that the only exception for a legitimate divorce is when the wife has committed fornication. And when divorce has taken place both parties should stay single, or be reconciled. This new teaching of Jesus caused great consternation among His disciples.

Matthew 19:10
His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry.

Matthew 19:11
But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given.

Matthew 19:12
For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.

In other words, someone may have to suffer lifelong loneliness. A man’s wife may leave him for another man, and he must remain unmarried as long as she lives. Or a woman may have to leave her husband and remain single all the rest of her life. The Lord speaks about this in verse 12. This is the cost of discipleship. This is the cost we pay when we unwisely fall in love and get married.

On the other hand, we should be delighted that we have been privileged with a high calling. The Lord has made it clear to us what salvation is, and what it means to be a servant of Christ. The Lord has made it clear to us that the mystery of Christ and the church lives on in our marriage. Our marriages are beautiful images of Christ and His Bride. And just like Christ is not going to divorce us as His Bride and get another Bride, so we should follow in His steps and we should remain faithful to our spouse who is one flesh with us, until death do us part. This holy matrimony, this holy assignment we have taken on when we shared our wedding vows, and we did that in the sight of God, who takes full responsibility for joining us together. He, the Almighty Sovereign God decided that this was the wife that I need. His wisdom is far greater than mine. Therefore I should not complain. I should be delighted to serve Him in whatever state I am, and therewith to be content, and I should look forward to that day when I can join the other saints when the Lamb an His wife shall be married. AMEN.

By Alfred Chompff

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