Day 16: So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate. Matthew 19:6
What Does Matthew 6:19 Mean? ►
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,
The Lord Jesus knows that the human heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked and that an attitude of materialistic, money-orientated consumerism will degenerate into greed, covetousness, double-mindedness and a divided heart – for we cannot serve mammon and God at the same time. Love of money and love for God cannot co-exist – one or the other will always reign supreme in the heart of man.
But the Lord also knows that materialistic consumerism can quickly enslave both men and women and will divert their attention away from what is eternally valuable to that which is temporal, fading and passing away.
Money and possessions are not evil in themselves and when rightly used can be of enormous benefit to God and to others. It is not wrong to possess the good things of this world.. but it is dangerous when goods and money start to possess our hearts, our choices and our behaviors.
It is the misguided love of money that is rooted in all sorts of evil attitudes and ungodly actions and so we are instructed by the Lord Jesus Himself not to lay up for ourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. We are called to lay up for ourselves treasure in heaven – eternal treasures.
Many ministries in Christendom today are encouraging their followers to have their best life now.. with little interest in spiritual enrichment or heavenly investments. Prosperity teachers encourage their followers to seek worldly wealth , temporal affluence and the riches of todays materialistic society, but as believers we are called to recognize the diabolic trap of laying up treasure on earth instead of making heavenly investments – for where our treasure is – there will our heart be also.
What does Matthew 19:6 mean?
Pharisees have questioned Jesus about when it is lawful for a man to divorce his wife. The implied question is whether she needs to be guilty of infidelity to him or if he can simply decide that he does not like her anymore (Matthew 19:1–5).
Jesus, as He almost always does, replies to the Pharisees’ question by pointing them to the Scriptures they know so well. He has declared, from Genesis, that marriage was God’s design for humanity from the very beginning of creation. He made us male and female, after all (Genesis 1:27). God, before sin even entered the world, described the natural state of things as a man leaving his parents and holding fast to his wife, becoming one flesh with her (Genesis 2:24). Mysteriously, and as partly demonstrated through sex, marriage connects two people so closely together that they become one flesh, one person, in the eyes of God.
Now Jesus drives the point home. Marriage is not something humans have made for themselves by tradition and custom. God does this. He joins a man and woman together in this way. And what God has joined no mere human should dare to divide or separate. Jesus will explain an important exception to this in the following verses (Matthew 19:9), but He begins with the deepest and truest intent of the heart of the God. Those God joins in marriage are not meant to be separated by divorce.
Matthew 19:1–12 is Jesus’ response to a question from Pharisees about divorce. After establishing that marriage was designed to be lifelong by God at creation, Jesus insists that divorce is unlawful except in the case of sexual immorality. The disciples suggest it would be better not to marry, at all, in that case. Jesus says that is not true, and a life of celibacy is only for certain people, such as eunuchs of various kinds.
Pharisees ask Jesus if it is lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause. Jesus reminds them marriage was designed by God at creation. Divorce, then, is lawful only in the case of sexual immorality. A rich young man asks Jesus what good thing he must do to have eternal life. Jesus insists only God is good. He challenges the man’s sincerity by asking him to give all his wealth to the poor and follow Him. The man’s refusal demonstrates how easy it is to prefer wealth to dependence on God. In response to the disciples’ question, Jesus says salvation is impossible with men but not with God.