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In Deuteronomy 24:4 we read "Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, because she is defiled; for that is an abomination before the Lord". Is this applicable today under the New Covenant?

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Deuteronomy 24:4 "Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, because she is defiled, an abomination before the Lord". Is this applicable today under the New Covenant? Blog question.


This is why New Covenant is New Covenant.
GOD...Yahshua died....freeing former for remarriage.
...but he shall take a virgin of his own people to wife.
Leviticus 21:13-15
Heb 8:8, Jer 31:31. The divorced wife. Gets a new covenant....while not breaking his own laws.

The bridgegroom cometh.
Matthew 25:1
Then shall kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

Number 10 will mean something to Meira.
---Trav on 8/17/09


Does not Deuteronomy 24:4 assume that the divorced wife may have married someone else or even became a prostitute? Re the phrase "after she has been defiled".

In any case, statistics on this tell us that taking a spouse back after a divorce rarely rectified anything, as all too often the problems which initially caused the breakup are still there.



---Lee on 8/17/09


Jesus prohibited divorce except for adultery, that included lying about ones virginity. The non adulterer could remarry. The adulterer was not free to marry, and anyone marrying one is entering a prohibited marriage. A divorce without cause, was no divorce, and so, another marriage was a type of bigamy. The exception is in 1Corinthians 7:15. If the unbeliever departs, the Christian can remarry because the marriage was not 'in the Lord'. Please read Matthew 5:31-32, 19:3-12, Mark 10:2-12, Luke 16:18. Both Matthew 19:9 and 1Corinthians 7:27-28 allow remarriage.
Deuteronomy 22:17-19, 28-29, 24:1-4, Proverbs 2:17 (forsaketh husband), Isaiah 54:4-8, Jeremiah 3:1, Malachi 2:14-16, 1Corinthians 6:15-16, 7:10-17, 27.
---Glenn on 8/16/09


Betty: Just speak from your heart and how you feel God has changed both of you're lives. You can't go wrong by speaking from the heart.
---Rebecca_D on 4/1/08


Jim and I were married for 15 years, we have been divorced for 15 years. He became a Christian about 5 years ago and we are getting remarried on May 24th. I want to write the vows to explain how much God's hand has been working in our lives. Neither of us ever married anyone else, we have three grown children together who are all married. I want to include them in the service and how the power of God has changed Jim's life and softened my heart. Any suggestions of ways to make the wedding special?
---Betty on 4/1/08




One practical reason for that old testament prohibition might be this:

Suppose some man divorced his wife. You later married her. After seeing this, he got jealous and decided he wanted her back. He could use "persuasion" (including threats and violence) to coerce you into divorcing her so he could have her back. By making sure that he can NEVER have her back, the law prevents this kind of coersion from ever taking place.
---StrongAxe on 11/16/07


I always heard that when a person marries the person they divorced it's like putting sour milk back in the refridgerator.
(sorry)
---sue on 11/15/07


"...Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder."
(Matthew 19:3-6)
---theod3582 on 3/21/07


They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
(Matthew 19:7-9)
---theod3582 on 3/21/07


Deuteronomy 24:1 When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house. 2 And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man's wife.
---Loretta on 3/6/07




Hi Carla, you are right. I was wrong. Sorry for that post. It's just that sometimes my sense of humor needs major adjusting. But, no, I did not marry somebody I divorced and if somebody did get divorced and got married again, well I'd be happy for them.
---sue on 3/4/07


Thanks Jack, I encourage one who is divorced to be reconciled, yet God does say that if I put my wife away, she marries someone else, he divorces her, that it is wrong for me to remarry her. Since love is the fulfilling of the law, we find some are limited to a certain time, place, or circumstance; others are general. In the laws about the shewbread, the Sabbath, marriage, etc., I look for the love God is revealing. When I see that, then I can correctly apply the commandment in my given situation.
---Wayne87 on 3/4/07


People divorce for reasons beyond acceptable and there are the those that divorce because of a spouse being unfaithful. Who knows the exact reason for a persons divorce? God knows and he knows what he has said.

Sue, to compare someone whom has divorced and wants to reconcile ''as sour milk is both offensive and insensitive''. If that explains your situation then granted that is how you felt(say that) but don't call names thats childish.
---Carla5754 on 3/4/07


If that advice is for today then all the Laws of the Old Mosaic Laws are valid today. So in responce I would agree that the law was put in place to avoid divorce,something God held in high esteem. But rejected the idea that, woman that committed the offense, possibly in those days women would then want to return to their spouse after being rejected by second marriage. Who knows! In Proverbs it talks about a woman enticing young Vulnerable men when her husband was out at work to join in fornication.
---Carla5754 on 3/4/07


**I always heard that when a person marries the person they divorced it's like putting sour milk back in the refridgerator.**

People hear all sorts of things, but that doesn't mean that what they hear is true.

It is true that reestablishment of the marriage of divorcees doesn't always work--but sometimes it can give a chance to right previous wrongs that had taken place.
---Jack on 3/4/07


As we read the verses previous, we see that this woman has been put away, has remarried after being put away, and that the first husband cannot remarry her after she has been defiled if the second divorces her or dies. I see no evidence that this is a ceremonial or temporal law, but rather was given by God to minimize problems, for He hated divorce in the first place, but had to address problems that would come because of men's hardness of heart.
---Wayne87 on 3/3/07


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We are now no longer under the law but under grace, but it's an acceptable reason to those that flaunt Gods grace to pick out a scripture from to give them a reason not to reconcile and forgive a spouse after divorce. How ever if fornication was the cause then the individual may be far too hurt to return to the guilty party and that may be very understandable and God knows why the Law was put in place to begin with.
---carla5754 on 3/3/07


Dear friend, Remember that Christ came to die for those who under the law, we are not judged by what the law says but by faith in Christ, the Mosaic law was given because their hearts were hard, it is in Christ you are free, forget what this law says and make every effort to live at peace with all.
---Stephen on 3/3/07


We are Gentiles and were never under the Old Testament Ordinances. We are New Testament Christians and this applies;1 Co 7:11 But and if she depart,let her remain unmarried,or be reconcilied to her husband:and let not the husband put away the wife.
---Darlene_1 on 3/3/07


Anything less than a husband and wife together for life is not what God intends for marriage and is an abomination.
---Poppy on 3/3/07


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2 Cor.3:11 The Old Coveneant is done away. The New Covenant teaches to reconcile. The Old one teaches an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. To reconcile people who have been separated is a work of God.
---john on 3/3/07


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