"Hosea and Gomer had three children, and God dictated the name for each, in order to illustrate the tragedy which their willfulness would bring. Of the first child God said, 'Call his name Jezreel,’ (scattered); and God has scattered the Jews all over the world. Gomer next bore a daughter, and God said, 'Call her name Lo-ruhamah,' (not pitied), 'for I will no more have pity on the house of Israel, to forgive them at all.' Hosea was instructed to name the third child, a son, 'Lo-ammi,’ (not my people); 'For you are not my people and I am not your God' (Hosea 1:4, 6, 9). 

t several points in our earlier studies of the nature of Christian marriage, I pointed out that according to the Bible God has established marriage, not primarily to promote happiness among mankind or even for reproduction. He has established it primarily as an illustration of the relationship between the Lord Jesus Christ and His bride, the Church. Marriage is to show that when God joins a man or a woman to Jesus Christ in salvation He does so in love and in a bond that will endure forever. 

There is hardly a matter in the Christian Church today that is treated with more laxity than divorce and remarriage. As a result, it is always easy to get our standards from what other people do or say or from what we should like the Bible to say. But we must not do that. We must be people of the Book, and we must not lower its standards. 

Yesterday, we concluded with the first reason why the exception clause of fornication in both Matthew 19 and Matthew 5 does not refer to adultery. The second reason why this must be the meaning of the passages in Matthew 5:32 and 19:9 is that each is in essence an explanation of Deuteronomy 24:1-4, which teaches precisely what we have already been saying.

At this point someone will say, "I agree with you in general terms. Certainly. that is the ideal. But what of adultery? Doesn't adultery dissolve the marriage contract? And isn't that what Jesus Christ was talking about when He made the exception ‘except for fornication’ in Matthew?" No, I do not believe that this is what Jesus was talking about either in Matthew 19 or in the Sermon on the Mount.