|“Our Lord always lived by principle, never by circumstance. As His disciples, how do we live? By circumstance or by principle?” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter Henrichsen
“He no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor from your hand. Because the Lord has been a witness between you and the wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt treacherously, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant.” Malachi 2:13-14
Although women sue for divorce, men in particular have a problem with this issue; they value the looks and shape of women to such a degree that they are often tempted to divorce the wife of their youth and the mother of their children in order to satisfy their lust for fleshly beauty. In Malachi’s day the men reasoned: “Abraham put away Hagar, by whom he had begotten Ishmael, and who was therefore also his wife.”434 The Pharisees sought to leverage Jesus with the argument that Moses gave a bill of divorce.435 Such sophomoric reasoning can easily be seen for what it is: an endeavor to justify violating God’s commandments. You cannot use a biblical example to justify breaking or modifying a biblical command.
Society joins God in condemning divorce, evidenced by the disparaging remarks made about those who abandon their families for “greener pastures.” Children are angry with their father and the courts generally take the side of the mother. And rightly so, for it is a shameful act that God will harshly judge. Your marriage is bound by an inviolable covenant. You will never be able to replace the wife of your youth, no matter how attractive the options may appear, and God warns you not to try.
434 This is the rebuttal of the people in response to Malachi”s accusation in Malachi 2:13 ff.
Daniel 5-7 2 John 1 (New King James Version)
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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