Matthew 5:31 – 32 gets into some pretty heavy and somewhat controversial topics. Let’s read on:
“Now it was said, ‘Whoever sends his wife away is to give her a certificate of divorce’; but I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for the reason of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
Bibleref.org says this:
The standard for divorce in the ancient world was low. Practically speaking, a husband could divorce a wife for almost any reason at any time. The hardest part might be coming up with a legal technicality to use as an excuse. In that era, culture was completely dominated by male authority. Women were generally held in lower regard. Worse, it was extremely difficult for unmarried women to conduct business or own property. Being divorced, for women of Jesus’ era, included losing one’s finances and future.
Jesus once again demonstrates God’s true and original intent. In this case, God means for marriages to be for life. Rather than agreeing that marriages can or should be dissolved for petty reasons, Christ describes divorces motivated by something less than sexual immorality to be invalid. That’s not to say this is the one and only reason of any kind that might justify a divorce. The primary point is that a man may not legitimately divorce his wife unless she violates the marriage through adultery or some other sexual immorality
Because the divorce is invalid, the man is guilty of causing his wife to commit adultery when she remarries another man. In the same way, a man who marries a woman whose divorce was not for a valid reason also becomes guilty of adultery. From Jesus’ view, false divorces—no matter how legal the religious leaders say they are—lead to more and more adultery. He was shockingly clear about the penalty for adultery and lust.
Jesus’ teaching here is not simply a reflection of some obscure, fussy rule. It’s because God instituted marriage, and deeply values it for its own sake. Marriage is not only the fundamental relationship of every culture; it is meant to be a representation of Christ and the church
I know there are many views on this topic and these verses. My point here isn’t to spark debate but to simply state the verse and then one reference to the verse.
Feel free to comment below on your interpretation of this. I’m open to all discussion points here as long as they are without judgement for another person.