Marriage defined by God


God’s plan for marriage.

Mk 10:2-9 And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him. And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you? And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away. And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. LESSON - The Pharisees were not interested in learning what the Law taught regarding divorce. They were more interested with embroiling Jesus in a debate prevalent among the Jewish people during this time period. The disciples of the rabbi Shammai believed in a literal interpretation of the Law which taught that divorce was only legal in matters of unfaithfulness. The disciples of Hillel believed a more liberal interpretation teaching divorce was valid for almost any reason. The Law commanded that those who committed adultery should be stoned according to Deut. 22:22 and Lev. 20:10, but most had forsaken this principle except for when it benefited influential parties (Jn 8:1-11). Jesus returned them to the heart of God regarding marriage...1 husband with 1 wife for 1 lifetime. May it ever be so!!

~Mike

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