Mark 10:1 -- 12
passage used to be one of the most unpopular ones in the New Testament. Now it
is simply one of the most commonly ignored.
Getting up, He *went from there to the
region of Judea and beyond the Jordan; crowds *gathered
around Him again, and, according to His custom, He once more
began to teach them. Some Pharisees came up to Jesus,
testing Him, and began to question Him whether it was lawful
for a man to divorce a wife. And He answered and said to
them, "What did Moses command you?" They said, "Moses
permitted a man TO WRITE A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE AND SEND
her AWAY." But Jesus said to them, "Because of your 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 they are no longer two, but
one flesh. "What therefore God has joined together, let no
man separate." In the house the disciples began questioning
Him about this again. And He *said to them, "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 10:1-12 NASB)
Then and Now
of the “reasons” for ignoring this passage given is that “things are different
today.” So let’s look at then and now – and see how different they really are.
question being debated was rather a hot one at the time. It seems there were
two rabbinical schools of thought.
school of Shammai said that the only acceptable reason for divorce was
adultery. (Kindly remember that women had no say in this; so therefore
this meant her adultery).
school of Hillel was much more liberal in this matter. If a wife displeased
her husband, she could be divorced.
What does “displeased” mean? Here are some examples of
what a wife might do to displease her husband:
about with her hair down
to other men in the street
heard quarreling one house away (a "brawling woman")
disrespectfully of his parents
other grievous offenses.
gets worse. Some time later the school of Akiva came along. They held that
displeasing your husband included the situation where he found a woman who was
protection had the woman in all this? Only this: if she was divorced, she
must be given her dowry back. I suppose this made it more pleasant when
providing a large dowry.
view of divorce
Principles – the view from Genesis
are we in this mess? How do we get out?
in this mess because
in this mess because
should we do?