What God has joined together…
V. 1-2 – ____________ and ____________. Same place that John the Baptist called out ______________ for his irregular marital arrangements in Mark 6:14-29. They are trying to _____________ Jesus.
V. 3 – Jesus answered their question with a _______________.
V. 4 – In Jewish context, one school of thought was quite ____________ in their interpretation and permitted a man to divorce his wife for pretty much any reason.
V. 5 – Why was it allowed? “Because of your _____________ of _____________…”
V. 6-9 – “Therefore what __________ has joined together, let no one ______________.”
Not life-long ______________ –
But life-long ______________ –
V. 10-12 – Jesus is putting an end to the ________-_______ attitude that many people had towards divorce.
Jesus then left that place and went into the region of Judea and across the Jordan. Again crowds of people came to him, and as was his custom, he taught them.
2 Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”
3 “What did Moses command you?” he replied.
4 They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.”
5 “It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,” Jesus replied. 6 “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ 7 ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, 8 and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
10 When they were in the house again, the disciples asked Jesus about this. 11 He answered, “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. 12 And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery.”
But for Adam no suitable helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
23 The man said,
“This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
for she was taken out of man.”
24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
25 Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.