New versus Old
New covenant law contradicts the old Mosaic covenant law many times about marriage and divorce. The entire old testament law was nailed to the cross, and Jesus gave new law. Some things in his new covenant law are similar, some things very different. It says that Jesus changed the law many times, but perhaps the most ironic proof of this, is that a scripture used to so called "prove" Jesus really taught the old law of Moses, is actually the proof he taught NEW law.
Examples of proof:
1) The TWO COMMANDMENTS. The centre piece of the old law was the 10 commandments, but the centre piece of the new covenant law is the TWO commandments of Jesus. "On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." The 10 Commandments were nailed to the cross along with all the rest of the law. This study will categorically prove that the old law has gone. We still have "Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery" as a specifically new covenant commandment, BUT as you will see the definition of adultery is now very different.
2) "Until all be fulfilled" Matthew 5:18. Jews sometimes use this scripture to say "all is not yet fulfilled" because every prophecy about everything is not yet fulfilled. However that is not the interpretation of JESUS that is their own interpretation. In Luke 24:44-48 Jesus said all things were fulfilled when he died and rose again. This sealed the new covenant with his blood (all the former OT covenants were sealed with blood) at which point the old law passed away, and new covenant law was established as the universal law for all to obey.
3) These sayings of mine "Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:" Matthew 7:24. The sayings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount (and elsewhere) contradict Moses and would become new covenant law for all. remember he said several times "them of old time".
4) "Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: " Matthew 28:20. Remember Jesus spoke of baptism in this scripture, not found in the old law as a command for all believers. He was refering to his entire new covenant law.
5) "the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2
6) The very term "The Old Testament": "But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ." 2 Cor 3:14 in reference to the old writings, describing them also as "done away" in the sense of actual law now, but not as inspired.
7) The very terms "new covenant" and "old covenant": in reference to agreements made between man and God. (Hebrews 8:13) "In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away."
8) The huge lists of contradictions in law between the old anachronistic law of Moses and the revolutionary new teachings of the Messiah.
9) The old law was nailed to the cross: "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;" Col 2:14.
10) The issue was discussed in Acts 15: and the conclusion reached in verse 10 concerning the old draconian law of Moses was: "Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? "
These 10 examples should suffice as proof to those in the Spirit. There are many more proofs, most especially the contradictions between Jesus and Moses laws, some of which I will show here. We are not obeying the old law of Moses today.
EXAMPLES HOW JESUS NEW LAW
CONTRADICTS THE OLD DEAD LAW OF MOSES
Jesus banned polygamy
Many Christians know that polygamy is now totally banned in new covenant law, but few seem to see exactly where and when Jesus banned it by NEW LAW.
It happened in these two scriptures:
1) "But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery." Matthew 5:32
2) "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 19:9
When Jesus said it is adultery if you divorce your wife and remarry it was NEW LAW. Moses Law did not teach this. The way Jesus banned polygamy in his new covenant law, is that it is never adultery to remarry, no matter how silly, frivilous, malicious or unbiblical your reason for divorce is, if you are allowed to commit polygamy!! Thus Jesus banned polygamy in his new covenant law.
If you try to say that polygamy was in fact never allowed in the Law of Moses, and other old testament covenants, like the Abrahamic covenant, in order to try to get away from Jesus BANNING POLYGAMY, you fall into heresy surprisingly quickly!
a) Jesus and "bastard seed": if you say polygamy was adultery in the OT and not allowed, then you say the marriage of David to Bathsheba was adultery, and thus Jesus, the Messiah. was born through the bastard seed of Solomon. (The seed of a bastard was not allowed into the temple for 10 Generations under the Law of Moses). note: David married Bathsheba after the death of Uriah, so it was a lawful union under the old law, and the child of their former adultery died. King David was probably not stoned because he was caught by divine revelation, not an ordinary human discovery of his sin.
b) Israel would be bastard seed: If polygamy was adultery then (as it surely is now under Christian Law) then most of the Tribes of Israel, who were not born from Leah, were bastard seed.
For those rebellious members of modern Jewish sects who seek to bring the old Law of Moses into the church, and seek to deny Jesus brought new law, who are willing to go as far as to say "Yes! That is right! All the sons and daughters of Jacob who were not born of Leah are bastard seed!" They are refuted as when Rueben sinned against God, and in consequence had the firstborn son status removed from him by God, God gave the status of firstborn to Joseph, the eleventh born son from Rachel (1 Chron 5:1), proving that her children were not bastard seed and thus polygamy was allowed under that covenant. Plus the gates of the city of new Jerusalem are named after the tribes except for Dan (many more proofs can be offered).
c) The Arabs would be bastard seed: Arab people are descended from Abraham through Hagar, according to the bible, and so if you say it was adultery to marry Hagar I don't think you should mention your belief to Muslims too quickly, they might not like it too much.
d) Moses: There is a lot of evidence Moses hmself was was married to two women. one a black woman.
e) The old law specifically allowed polygamy: "If a man have two wives, one beloved, and another hated," see Deuteronomy 21:15-15
f) The old law had clauses to protect the rights of concubines: Ex. 21:7; Deut. 21:10-14 (new covenant law does not allow for concubines, a clear change)
g) Antinomianism: if you say King David was saved (he definitely was, as it says specifically "I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever - Psalm 23) and he was in long term polygamous marriages that are supposedly adultery and not permitted in that covenant (he had 9 wives), you preach an Antinomianist message where a person can be in long term, unrepentant sin and still saved (even though your comments are about a person in a past covenant, it is still a serious error). Also Jesus speciically stated Abraham and Jacob would be seen in the kingdom, but the Pharisees thrust out. (sects would try to complicate this by saying Abraham sent away Hagar).
This should prove to you polygamy WAS allowed in the Old Testament, and Jesus banned polygamy in the new covenant, saying it is adultery against your first wife.
(note - Muslim justification of polygyny is so rampant it even goes on in their idea of heaven, with 70 virgins given to male martyrs (but female martyrs do not get 70 husbands!) this concept of heaven is more like an orgy of lust to Christians of all kinds)
2) YOU CAN RETURN TO A DIVORCED WIFE!
The old law of Moses forbids returning to a divorced wife:
2) You can return to a divorced wife.