Murder, adultery, theft, honesty and lust for people and stuff: The Torah passage כי תצא Ki Tetze or Ki Teitzei (“when you go forth,” Deut. 21:10-25:19) explains what’s under the hood of the Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Ninth commandments (Ex. 20:13–17).
This passage has three seemingly distinct teachings — parable of the shrewd manager, whether the Law and Prophets stopped with Yokhanan the Baptizer and a “one-liner” on divorce – but all of them as well as the parable that follows of the rich man and Lazar deal with one topic: God as Master or wealth as Master.
Herod Antipas thought he had silenced Yochanan (John) upon killing him. Yochanan only preached in a small area by the river Yarden (Jordan), but Yeshua and His disciples were spreading the message everywhere. A common teaching on remarriage — that doing so is a sin — overlooks the likely teaching, shown in Antipas’ fear: divorce and remarriage in the course of adultery is what’s sinful.
Adultery and divorce are rampant problems in modern society, even among the body of believers in Yeshua (Jesus) as the Messiah. Rather than changing the words of Torah, Prophets and Writings on these two topics, Yeshua closes loopholes in interpretations of adultery laws and expands the meaning of adultery, in keeping with other teachings in the Scriptures.
Reader: Daniel Agee
Teacher: Jeff [contact]
- What value is gained in looking at Messiah’s teaching on divorce from parallel passages from the other apostles?
- What were differences between the House of Shammai and the House of Hillel, two schools of rabbinical thought at the time of Yeshua (Jesus)?
- How did Yeshua’s comments in general and on divorce in particular compare with those of Shammai and Hillel?
- Why is divorce compared to cutting, based on the Greek and Hebrew words describing it in the Bible?
- What did God intend marriage to teach?
- How did God factor in situations in which the marriage contract is violated?
- Under what circumstances is the marriage contract violated, according to the Bible and society today?
- What does the Torah say about divorce?
- Whose fault is divorce?
- What does the innocent spouse do?
- Can divorce bring shalom, Hebrew for "peace" and "completeness" and "wholeness."