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7 They say to him: Why then did Moses command to give a bill of divorce, and to put away? 8 He saith to them: Because Moses by reason of the hardness of your heart permitted you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
How does the Church explain this verse? Since God can't contraditct Himself, why did He "allow" moses to give a bill of divorce?
No need to wonder here. Jesus answered the question clearly. Take a look at the parallel passage in the Gospel of Mark 10:2-12
"Some Pharisees came up to Jesus, testing Him, and began to question Him whether it was lawful for a man to divorce a wife. And He answered and said to them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses permitted a man TO WRITE A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE AND SEND her AWAY.” But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. “But from the beginning of creation, God MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE. “FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH; so they are no longer two, but one flesh. “What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”
In the house the disciples began questioning Him about this again. And He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her; and if she herself divorces her husband and marries another man, she is committing adultery.” "
In verse 5 Jesus makes it clear that Moses wrote the commandment because of the hardness of their hearts - Moses wrote them a law, that they THOUGHT gave them what they wanted. But Jesus showed that God's word even BEFORE the law (Genesis) clearly defined God's natural and proper order - that He joined together a man and wife. Therefore divorce (and remarriage) is adultery, a clear commandment (one of the 10 from the very finger of God), so therefore God is clear: no divorce.
Maybe you're wondering why God would allow such a thing to have occurred (Moses giving them an apparent "OK" when God is clear it's NOT OK)?
Perhaps you haven't read the scriptures thoroughly.
God commanded Abraham to offer his son as a sacrifice. But after Abraham does all that God commands, God stops him and says "“Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” (Gen 22:12) and He further explains Himself to Abraham and us when He says "“I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.” (Gen 22:16-18)
We could look further to the testing of Moses, of David, of Joseph, of Daniel, of Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, of Paul, of so many others whom the Lord called to a special purpose.
This was an obvious test. This was an opportunity for the people to choose. To choose between what the new law seemed to allow - or what God wanted them to do. Would they give in to their desires, or stand firm in their God?
We all have the same choices today:
*]The world says divorce and remarriage are OK - and how many in Christendom follow after that which appeals to their hard hearts and lustful desires instead of what God commands about marriage?
*]The world says that homosexuality is not only OK, but good and should be taught to everyone so they can make the choice for themselves - and how many in Christendom follow after what appeals to their hard hearts and lustful desires instead of what God commands about homosexuality?
*]The world says that abortion is OK, and that it's a woman's body and she should choose whether that "fetus" is allowed to infringe on her freedoms - and how many in Christendom follow after their hard hearts and support "Pro Choice" and "Women's Reproductive Rights" instead of what God commands about harm to "little ones" and murder?
*](the list can go on, sadly)
Now, as then, the legal system allows one - God commands the opposite. Which is the right one to choose?
""If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."" (Joshua 24:15)
Which will you choose?
2 Cor 11:31