REFLECTION: Ephesians 5:22-33 SERMON TEXT: Matthew 5:31-32; 19:1-12 Summary: Divorce should be rare among God’s people. Jesus loves the family and purity. The Lord desires reconciliation for His people as a picture of what grace can do. 1. GETTING IN - God's Design for Marriage The Foundation - A Rock Solid Marriage Psalm 11:3; Genesis 1:27; 2:23-25 Note Genesis 2:24 “leave” = BREAK AWAY from the confines of immediate family. “hold fast / cleave” = BOND together like the fusing of metals “become one flesh” = BE SOMETHING TOGETHER that they cannot be apart Note Ephesians 5:24-25, 32 2. GETTING OUT: Man's Design for Divorce Deuteronomy 24:1-4 2 Schools of thought: Shammai = Conservative / Hillel = Liberal Sinful, selfish desires will cause PERSONAL PREFERENCES to trump a COVENANT COMMITMENT! Matthew 19 The Pharisees were interested in the Details of Divorce. Jesus was interesetd in the Covenant of Marriage. 3. MOVING FORWARD - GOD'S WAY IS BEST! We are for Biblical marriage. We are against divorce. We are for one another.