June 14: Jesus on Marriage (Matthew 19:1-12)
This Sunday Brandon Jordan will continue a series on theology in the youth room at 9:00am addressing the the word of God. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project on Bible reading and why we read the Bible.
Now when Jesus had finished these sayings, he went away from Galilee and entered the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. And large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.
And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one's wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?” He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.”
The disciples said to him, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.” But he said to them, “Not everyone can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given. For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let the one who is able to receive this receive it.” (ESV)
Jesus continues his teaching on life in the kingdom of God, no longer speaking only to the church at large but personally to us about marriage, divorce and singleness. In response to the Pharisees' attempt to discredit him, Jesus instructs us in the glorious nature of marriage as designed by God, the challenge of divorce as well as the calling of singleness in the kingdom. We live in a swift flowing stream of perspectives on marriage and divorce. Please read this passage with care and joy as you consider the grace of God in his provisions for us in our relationships.
Review and Apply
- What makes a marriage biblical?
- What does it mean to leave father and mother and hold fast to your wife?
- What are some of the obstacles you have faced or watched others face?
- How does your marriage or a marriage you have seen, display the one flesh principle?
- What is a complementation view of marriage?
- In what context does Jesus permit divorce? How is it a provision of grace?
- How is singleness a call just as marriage?