By Timothy Sparks
When we read the Book of Matthew in the context of being written to Jews with the background of Hebrew Scripture, we realize we should approach the Book of Matthew with that knowledge and not as an uninformed Gentile.
With that understanding, we then turn to the question and answer discussion of Matthew 19. Jesus considered “every cause” (κατὰ πᾶσαν αἰτίαν: “for every cause,” Mt. 19:3) for which Jews divorced. Jesus then responded according to God’s Law (Mt. 19:4-6). Jews did not divorce for sexual immorality (Lev. 20:10; Deut. 22:22; Mt. 19:9).