"Therefore, what God has joined together, man must not separate."

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What you bind on earth is bound in heaven
The parting of the red sea and the exodus
Wheat and Weeds
Water and wine
God and Man
Man and Woman

MT 19:3-12

“Therefore, what God has joined together, man must not separate.” I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, andwhatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.” Both are similar phrases. The first is from Jesus’s dialogue on marriage with the Pharisees, and the second to Peter when Jesus said “you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.” Binding and  loosening are common topics in Jesus Gospel and frequently refer to either mans  fidelity to God, or to mans infidelity also known as sin. Fidelity is faithfulness or loyalty, and historically used to describe the faithfulness of a subject to their lord. It can be thought of as truthfulness or honesty to God plan. It is that concept of faithfulness that Jesus argues as a path towards perfection.In thinking about this fidelity, I am reminded of a phrase that was used to describe many vinyl records. They were labeled as “high fidelity”, as their sound was supposed to be faithful to the original performance. In the discussion that Jesus and the Pharisees have between marriage and divorce, I imagine Jesus telling those Pharisees to listen to the beauty of a symphony that is being preformed, while at the same time the Pharisees are telling Jesus to listen to that symphony on a scratched LP complete with all the pops and skips and its muted sound.That record was certainly intended to be “high-fidelity”, but some of the dynamics were lost in the process.The Pharisees insist that the recording is true, while Jesus suggests that perhaps listening to the original performance might reveal the recordings flaws.In the true performance “what God has joined together man must not separate” because for man to do so would be an infidelity towards God. In the recorded version what God has joined together was skipped over to simply become contracts between mere mortals.With all the pops, and hisses, and scratches; some of that beauty was lost.


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