what God has paired together

October 2015 (22)Mark 10:1-9

1 He got up from there and went to the regions of Judea and beyond the Jordan. And crowds again gathered around him; and, as he usually did, he again taught them. 2 Some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, “Is it proper for a husband to divorce his wife?” 3 He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” 4 They said, “Moses allowed notice of discharge to be written and to divorce.”[1] 5 But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. 6 But from the beginning of creation, ‘He made them male and female.’[2] 7 ‘Because of this, a man will leave his father and mother behind and be faithfully devoted to his wife, 8 and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 Therefore let no man divide what God has paired together.”

what God has paired together

The Pharisees were asking Jesus to OK divorce, but Jesus recognized the request as a symptom of a deeper issue. They wanted marriage on their terms. Jesus made it clear that marriage between a man and a woman is God’s plan, and God makes the rules for it.

In many places around the world today, we are being asked to redefine marriage. I want to ask, could Jesus have been wrong when he spoke of heterosexual union as God’s definition of marriage? Is there anything that Jesus somehow didn’t know that would make his statements here incorrect and outdated? I think not.

LORD, we ask not what can we get away with, but what is your purpose, for our marriages, our families, and our lives.


[1] Deuteronomy 24:1,3.

[2] Genesis 1:27.

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About Jefferson Vann

Jeff is a Christian missionary.
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