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Mark 10:1-16 – Divorce: Meditative Musing for Dec 8


Pharisees came testing Jesus. They asked concerning a debate among the Rabbis involving Deuteronomy 24:1-4. Their question still tests us today! Let’s look at what Jesus said to them.

  1. He did not talk about divorce with the Pharisees. He waited to discuss that with the twelve.
  2. Instead, He talked about God’s plan for marriage, given in the beginning in the Garden of Eden.
  3. God permitted divorce because of the hardness of their hearts.
  4. Marriage is between male and female.
  5. God joins the man and the woman so they become one flesh.
  6. Man is not to separate what God joins.

Some argue man cannot separate what God joins. Yet it happens all the time, in marriage but in other things as well. They say God does not recognize a divorce – but the Scriptures do not say that. They say the solution for a divorced and remarried couple is to divorce and return to their first mates – but this is what Moses in Deuteronomy 24:1-4 calls abomination.

Some disciples said if this is the way it is (i.e., that marriage really is “till death do us part), it would be better never to marry. Jesus told them that not everyone can accept that statement (see Matthew 19:10-12). Yet, this is what some say a divorced person must do – never remarry.

Much divorce teaching does not come from Scripture, as much as from the 2nd century A.D. and later. Let’s be careful what we teach, so we do not make laws for ourselves God hasn’t made.

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