Saturday, June 09, 2012
Marriage: Reclaiming it as God has determined
Marriage is a serious matter. Two people take vows before not just people, but God Himself, to love and be united until the day one of them dies. God hates divorce because its separating what HE has joined together. When a man and a woman get married, they become ONE FLESH, a new unit, a family. Its a beautiful thing that reflects our Creator's wisdom. In fact, marriage is His picture of our relationship to Christ; something beautiful, loving, intimate, solid, and pure.
Mar 10:2 Some Pharisees came up to Jesus, testing Him, and began to question Him whether it was lawful for a man to divorce a wife.
Mar 10:3 And He answered and said to them, "What did Moses command you?"
Mar 10:4 They said, "Moses permitted a man TO WRITE A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE AND SEND her AWAY."
Mar 10:5 But Jesus said to them, "Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment.
Mar 10:6 "But from the beginning of creation, God MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE.
Mar 10:7 "FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER,
Mar 10:8 AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH; so they are no longer two, but one flesh.
Mar 10:9 "What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate."
Mar 10:10 In the house the disciples began questioning Him about this again.
Mar 10:11 And He *said to them, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her;
Mar 10:12 and if she herself divorces her husband and marries another man, she is committing adultery."