4 And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away.
5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.
-In the beginning, the Lord made marriage a sacred, lifelong commitment; but over time that had been diluted so far that even a divorce could be permitted if desired. The people thought that God was condoning divorce, while in fact He was merely suffering it. Many times in life it may appear that the Lord has “relaxed” on certain things but in reality He is simply showing mercy because the only alternative to mercy is to destroy us. Since the Lord is “not willing that any should perish” (2 Peter 3:9), He instead “suffers” with us. But don’t make the mistake of confusing God’s mercy for His blessings; the Bible tells us that “God is angry with the wicked every day” (Psalm 7:11), and that God is never mocked. (Galatians 6:7)