ADDRESSING THE CONTROVERSIAL

…see what I mean!

It could have been expected!  Those in opposition to the Lord Jesus Christ were determined to be present whenever and wherever He was ministering.  It was not hard to determine the location because there was a crowd following Him, and others joined in the excitement of the moment.

Mark, whose manner of writing catches those moments here in Chapter 10 of his Gospel, when the subject of divorce and the equality of ministering to the children surfaces.  There was always a group of objectors who cautiously asked the questions to which we refer.

The Pharisees “came up to Jesus, testing Him, and began to question Him whether it was lawful for a man to divorce a wife.”  Remember, the question was relative to if it was “lawful”.  If you recall, John the Baptist had lost his head because of his opposition to Herod’s conduct in this matter. (Luke 3)

Jesus makes no attempt to render His opinion, simply to go back to what the Law declared: “What did Moses command you?” They said: “Moses permitted a man to write of divorce and send her away.”  (Mark 10:3, 4) 

Jesus immediately explains the action of Moses: “Because of the hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment.  But from the beginning of creation, God made them MALE AND FEMALE.  For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother, and the two shall become one flesh; so that they are no longer two, but one flesh.” (The idea behind that word is “fused”!)   “What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”  (10:5-12)

Like those of our own generation, He no sooner enters the house when the disciples questions Him further…see what I mean!

“Whoever divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her; and If she herself divorces her husband and marries another man, she is committing adultery.” (Mark 10:11, 12)

Many have written on this subject and argued from various directions.  The Word of God is unchanged.  The biggest change is that the courts have taken over what can and cannot constitute a marriage relationship.  The “legal” experts issue the license; they certify what is acceptable in our era.  I do not recall that they have ever consulted with any preacher, pastor, priest, or whoever signs that they performed the ceremony, as to the current action that is to be taken.

Obviously, from what Jesus quoted, divorce is not God’s intended standard. 

The New Testament Church had to deal with this problem and because it had become so prevalent Paul wrote to the church at Corinth in an extensive and informative manner. (1 Corinthians 7)

While our standards may have changed, our Lord’s standards have not changed.  One such standard remains… “All sin is forgivable, and confessed is not only forgivable, but forgiven!  Rest assuredly on Him and His Word…”If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  (1 John 1:9)

I take the liberty of asking simply, If God has forgiven, and that word is not complicated, how would it be possible to continue to recall and penalize?

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