He replied to them, “What did Moses command you?”
They said, “Moses permitted us to write divorce papers and send her away.”
But really this is not the answer to the question that Jesus posed. He asked what Moses commanded them not what Moses allowed because of their selfish, hard hearts. The provision for divorce was to protect the woman whose husband cast her off so that he could pursue another or simply be rid of the burden of a wife. The certificate of divorce was given to protect her. It allowed her to continue normally in the community and also legally remarry; otherwise, she would be ostracized, shunned or possibly even killed as an adulteress. The law of Moses flowing from the heart of Father God Himself commanded a man to leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife in a union that was described as ‘one flesh’. Now, truly, how can man divide or destroy what God has joined and created? He simply can’t.