Marriage from the beginning

Reb Rez

Any day now, the Supreme Court will announce its decision on whether same-sex marriage is a right protected by the US Constitution. Rather than comment on what I believe the court should decide, I’ll follow the example of Messiah Yeshua and respond to a controversial marriage-related question with a look at marriage itself.

I’m referring to the question some Pharisees posed to Yeshua: “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause?”

He answered, “Have you not read that the one who created them from the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matt 19:3–6)

Yeshua is highlighting two texts: Genesis 2:24, especially…

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