A Two-edged Trick Question-1

In Mark 10:1-9, Jesus is approached with a question about divorce: And He arose from thence, and cometh into the coasts of Judaea by the farther side of Jordan: and the people resort unto Him again; and, as He was wont, He taught them again. And the Pharisees came to Him, and asked Him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting Him. And He answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you? And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away. And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” Preachers are often asked about divorce in our day. If they speak against it, they are too narrow If they justify it, they are compromising. This was exactly the way the Pharisees were trying to trap Jesus. if He answered one way, some would turn away from Him; if He answered another way, some others would turn away. It was a catch 22 situation. How did Jesus respond? He gave them God’s Word on the subject. What that included will occupy our thoughts tomorrow, God willing. Ponder these thoughts from Adelaide Thrupp’s hymn, “Lord, Who at Cana’s Wedding Feast.” She put it well: “Lord, Who at Cana’s wedding feast didst as a guest appear,  Thou dearer far than earthly guest, vouchsafe Thy presence here; for holy Thou indeed dost prove the marriage vow to be, proclaiming it a type of love between the Church and Thee. The holiest vow that man can make, the golden thread in life, the bond that none may dare to break, that bindeth man and wife; which, blest by Thee, whate’er betides, no evil shall destroy, through care-worn days each care divides, and doubles every joy. On those who at Thine altar kneel,  O Lord, Thy blessing pour, that each may wake the other’s zeal to love Thee more and more: Oh, grant them here in peace to live, in purity and love, and, this world leaving, to receive a crown of life above!” Selah! There are some very important principles on marriage in the Scriptures. Marriage is very important to God and we should heed His teaching. Anything less would cause regret.    Ron

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