A Lingering Question

In the house, after Jesus’ teaching on divorce, the disciples seem to have had a lingering question. The implication is that it was about remarriage after a divorce. In Mark 10:10-12, Jesus addresses their concerns and adds additional  teaching: “And in the house His disciples asked Him again of the same matter. And He saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.” Jesus’ strong teaching on marriage and divorce is hard for our human nature to handle. We think there ought to be some justifiable exceptions. We “feel” badly for any who are in this kind of situation. What is hard to grasp is that marriage is an extremely important undertaking and should never be undermined. It must be protected and be inviolable. The breakdown of a marriage damages a family (also very important, in God’s sight) and that in turn damages society. Remarriage pollutes the God-given plan and purposes for marriage. Marriage is never simply to make us “feel” good; that is only a fringe benefit.  Karl Johann Philipp Spitta’s hymn, “O Happy Home,” gives us part of God’s plan for marriage: “O happy home, where Thou art loved the dearest,  Thou loving Friend and Saviour of our race, and where among the guests there never cometh one who can hold such high and honored place! O happy home, where two in heart united in holy faith and blessed hope are one, whom death a little while alone divideth, and cannot end the union here begun! O happy home, whose little ones are given early to Thee in humble faith and prayer, to Thee, their Friend, Who from the heights of Heaven guides them, and guards with more than mother’s care!  O happy home, where each one serves Thee, lowly, whatever his appointed work may be, till ev’ry common task seems great and holy, when it is done, O Lord, as unto Thee! O happy home, where Thou art not forgotten when joy is overflowing, full and free,  O happy home, where ev’ry wounded spirit is brought, Physician, Comforter, to Thee.” Selah! No one should enter marriage without the cast-iron determination to make it work and never stop trying to do so.   Ron

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