Jesus and a Controversial Question, Mark 10:1-12

Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s 2nd look.

 

On Sunday we looked at a tough passage discussing the issue of divorce. I pointed out that this passage, while discussing the question of divorce, is really about the profound beauty of marriage. At one point in the sermon, we went back to Genesis 2:18-25. Please read the passage this week. Jesus quotes it in his response to the Pharisees in Mark 10:1-12. 

 

In this passage in Genesis, we see God’s profoundly beautiful plan in creating marriage. We see How God created Eve to complete Adam, because it was good he was not stewarding this earth alone. When Adam saw Eve he proclaimed, “At last.” I love that! I love this feeling of deep soul connection he felt when he saw her. He knew she was meant to be with him. He knew she fit him. She was home to him. She was his “At last.”

 

This week let’s reflect on the beauty of marriage. If you would like other readings on marriage for this week I have a couple deep ones to ponder by the guy whose sermons I listen to…  Tim Keller!

 

In sharp contrast with our culture, the Bible teaches that the essence of marriage is a sacrificial commitment to the good of the other. That means that love is more fundamentally action than emotion. But in talking this way, there is a danger of falling into the opposite error that characterized many ancient and traditional societies. It is possible to see marriage as merely a social transaction, a way of doing your duty to family, tribe and society. Traditional societies made the family the ultimate value in life, and so marriage was a mere transaction that helped your family’s interest. By contrast, contemporary Western societies make the individual’s happiness the ultimate value, and so marriage becomes primarily an experience of romantic fulfillment. But the Bible sees GOD as the supreme good – not the individual or the family – and that gives us a view of marriage that intimately unites feelings AND duty, passion AND promise. That is because at the heart of the Biblical idea of marriage is the covenant.”


Within this Christian vision of marriage, here’s what it means to fall in love. It is to look at another person and get a glimpse of what God is creating, and to say, I see who God is making you, and it excites me!
I want to be part of that. I want to partner with you and God in the journey you are taking to his throne. And when we get there, I will look at your magnificence and say, ‘I always knew you could be like this. I got glimpses of it on earth, but now look at you!”

Let me close with this… There is some confusion on this passage.  Lots of questions emerge.  Does God allow divorce ever?  Is God ok with remarriage? 

We had a brief time to discuss these questions.  If you’d like to go further with this, please allow me to suggest a fantastic website that very much reflects my perspective on things.  Here’s a few links:

https://www.gotquestions.org/grounds-for-divorce.html

https://www.gotquestions.org/remarriage-adultery.html

https://www.gotquestions.org/divorce-remarriage.html

 

This is a very difficult and often painful discussion.  We must always approach this with humility and gentleness.  I hope these resources are helpful for you!

 

Have a great week everyone

Pastor Ryan