Unlimited: God’s Intention for Marriage

Jan 28, 2021 664

Jesus then left that place and went into the region of Judea and across the Jordan. Again, crowds of people came to him, and as was his custom, he taught them.

Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”

“What did Moses command you?” he replied.

They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.”

“It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,” Jesus replied. “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’‘For this reason, a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,and the two will become one flesh.’So, they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate.” (Mark 10:1–9, NIV).

Human relationships have always been one of the most difficult things for people to navigate. And it was like that in in Jesus’ time as well.

The Pharisees had a question for Jesus about marriage and divorce. To understand what Jesus said here and in subsequent verses, you have to first understand the context.

First, notice that this took place in “the region of Judaea and across the Jordan.” This is the region in which not too long ago, John the Baptist had been arrested and killed over what he had to say about marriage, adultery, and divorce. And Herod’s adulterous marriage was still a hot topic of conversation.

Next, that’s why the Pharisees asked him this question to “test” him. In other words, they weren’t interested in the answer. What they wanted to do was to trick Jesus – to corner him –  into saying something that would get him into trouble.

Now, the first thing that Jesus said is that originally, in the perfect world he created, God intended marriage to be permanent.

The second thing that Jesus said is that he recognises that we don’t live in a perfect world any more, and that’s why divorce was permitted by Moses.

Jesus isn’t saying that an abused wife should continue to live with her husband. Not at all. He recognises that divorce may be necessary in serious circumstances.

However, like John the Baptist, Jesus doesn’t recognise the validity of divorce on frivolous grounds, like what King Herod did in divorcing his first wife because he had simply fallen in love with someone else.

What Jesus said here is that he is all about building relationships, and not about tearing them apart.

– Eliezer Gonzalez

Eli’s Reflection: What about you? Think carefully about your own relationships and interactions with others. Do your words and actions result in building or in tearing down?

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Kila Renagi

Jan 31, 2021

I want my husband and my 2 daughters to come back to me. Help me pray for my marriage to be mend in the Mighty Name of Jesus of Nazareth? My husband's Name : Joe Kopi My eldest daughter: Lavinia My youngest daughter: Margaret


Olivia

Jan 28, 2021

Juanita I may not know your topic on the matter of your difficult time but I know God is right there with you, you will never go through anything down here on earth alone he's right with you God will wipe your tears away turn your midnight into day know matter what may come your way Jesus will heal you I'm a witness cuz my heart was heavy and I call on the Lord he heard my cry not only that juanita Jesus fill that void in my heart he made my soul whole again talk to Jesus put it all in his hands and leave it there and he will work it out for you trust Jesus juanita stand on your faith when it come to the almighty Amen


juanita garcia

Jan 28, 2021

going thru a very diffcult time.


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