Mark 10:2-6 (NLT)
2 Some Pharisees came and tried to trap him with this question: �Should a man be allowed to divorce his wife?� 3 Jesus answered them with a question: �What did Moses say in the law about divorce?� 4 �Well, he permitted it,� they replied. �He said a man can give his wife a written notice of divorce and send her away.� 5 But Jesus responded, �He wrote this commandment only as a concession to your hard hearts. 6 But �God made them male and female� from the beginning of creation. 7 �This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, 8 and the two are united into one.� Since they are no longer two but one, 9 let no one split apart what God has joined together.�


In these verses we find Jesus doing something He so often did. Instead of quickly responding to a question, Jesus would first ask the questioner to state what they felt. The Pharisees asked should a man be allowed to divorce his wife. Jesus then asked them for their understanding of the Mosaic Law showing Jesus respected what was taught in the law. Once they gave an answer Jesus then replied. Moses had mediated with God on the law and because Moses and God knew man�s heart could harden from sin. God conceded to Moses to allow divorce, however God�s intent for marriage was the permanent joining of a couple. Marriage is a beautiful picture of God�s grace to us through Jesus Christ. Marriage is not an invention of man, but instead a divine institution put in place by God.


Jesus continues this conversation with the disciples later in private when they brought it up. Jesus told them �Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and marries someone else, she commits adultery.� In other words wisdom, grace, holiness and love abiding in the heart can resolve sinful issues and hopefully preserve a marriage. But for those whose minds are set on the sins of the world, their hearts harden, and marriage becomes a heavy yoke leading to divorce. Divorce is not a resolution to sin, but instead follows with more sin. Fortunately the Lord Jesus Christ never divorces us, but instead holds on to us with grace holiness, and love. Jesus never lets go and He always forgives the sin we ourselves might not be able to forgive.


To those couples who have faced the tough moments of life in their marriage and persevered, may the grace of God continue to be with you always.