Posted by: Larry Hoekman | March 12, 2015

Words in Red – Divorce?

Day 1920:  Blessings on your Thursday!

Context: Certain Pharisees questioned the legality of divorce citing the teachings from Moses stating that a man could write a letter of divorce and send his wife away.

Scripture:  “What did Moses command you?”  “Moses wrote this law because of the hardness of people’s hearts,” Jesus replied.  “But from the beginning of creation God created them male and female.  This is the reason that a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.  Since they are no longer two but one, let no one separate them, for God has joined them together.”  “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her.  And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery.  Mark 10:3b, 5-9, 11,12

Thoughts/questions:  Jesus responds to their question by immediately directing them to the Scripture.  This is excellent advice for all of us, especially regarding controversial subjects.  Sharing opinions has its place, but when seriously considering issues, the Scripture should define our beliefs.

Humanity has fallen short of God’s ideal many times and in many ways, but that doesn’t change His original plan for us!  Jesus reinforces the standard that divorce is not to occur and reminds us that even though God makes contingency plans for our shortcomings, He has joined them together, and we must not take that lightly.

Marriage was intended to be permanent.  If not married, think twice as it is a lifetime commitment.  If already married and struggling, WORK on plans to make it work, communicate with your spouse, and pray for God’s healing of your relationship.  If divorced, God’s contingency is forgiveness – be thankful!

Suggested Prayer:  Lord, Your expectations regarding marriage are clear.   Help me to achieve Your standard . . .

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