October 31. Matthew 19; Mark 10.
Jesus the wise teacher that He is is teaching once again to His disciples as well as to the religious leaders that try to test Jesus. They are questioning His take regarding divorce. Jesus will bring the truth and the actual topic back where it originally begins…Marriage.
(Matthew 19:4) And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, for this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?”
This was God’s original creative plan for mankind. It was to teach His children about their monogamy relationship with Him. Marriage is the most intimate of relationships. Because of His divine plan, He will never choose to compromise who He is or His principles.
(Matthew 19:6) So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.
Jesus points back to the original couple, Adam and Eve, in their relationship before sin entered the relationship. There was a strong and enduring bond, of unconditional love, commitment, and acceptance of one another. Divorce would never be God’s first choice, for anyone. But when divorce does occur, God’s desire is to work at redeeming the actual heart of the situation, with reconciliation to Him, with the involved repentant hearts that have experienced the hardship.
Just as marriage is a picture of togetherness-the consequence of divorce is a picture of separation. God allows divorce because of the overall hardness of the human heart that in certain conditions affirms sin that was not ordained by God.
(Matthew 19:8) He said to them, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning, it was not so.”
Part of the original marriage process intended by God was to procreate the earth. Enter the little children…a gift from the LORD! We see Jesus’ gentle and patient character with children as He shares this to His irritated disciples, “But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Once again we have an example from our teacher-Jesus-of the relationship with our children. There will be testing & trials in the parenting process. Times in which we may become irritated, and a gentle, patient attitude will be required.
In raising children, all you can do is your best…we take care of the possible and leave the impossible to God. –Ruth Graham-
(Mark 10:27) But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men, it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”
Jesus as our instructor wants to impart what He knows to be true to us as we follow Him! Jesus our teacher takes our hand, opens our mind, and touches our heart!