THE STORY OF JESUS: Mark 10:1-12
“It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law.” (Mark 10:5)
According to Jesus, what Moses wrote was not God’s will in the beginning.
Moses makes allowances for hard-hearted sinners by allowing divorce.
This raises the question: how can God’s law not be God’s Law?
This should make us very careful when reading the law of Moses.
The law of Moses was written for a specific time and place and people.
It made allowances for war, slavery, divorce… because of human sin.
But these are not God’s will from the beginning.
Jesus makes it clear here that divorce is not good, not healthy.
Ask any victim of divorce, and they will tell you the same thing.
Divorce rips apart ‘one flesh’, and that always causes pain.
This does not make divorce unforgivable, nor those who divorce guilty sinners.
But it does remind us of the seriousness of a male/female creation covenant.
It should not be entered into lightly, nor ended quickly.
Thankfully, there is grace for victims and initiators of divorce.
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, we make life so hard on others, and on ourselves. Thank You for Your patience and grace. Heal our broken hearts, and help us be more patient and gracious in our relationships.