Week of October 11

2 “The Pharisees came and asked Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” testing Him. 3 And He answered and said to them, “What did Moses command you?” 4 They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce, and to dismiss her.” 5 And Jesus answered and said to them, “Because of the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. 6 “But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’ 7 ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 8 ‘and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 “Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” 10 In the house His disciples also asked Him again about the same matter. 11 So He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her. 12 “And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” (Mark 10:2-12)

In the Name of the Lord Jesus!
Not man, but God declares how things are to be. Man in his sin will always try to devise ways and means that suit his own way. With reference to marriage, it isn’t the world which determines what marriage to be, but God. God instituted marriage to be between man and woman, not man and man, woman and woman, or any other combination.
Societal trends and cultural leanings are not the voice of the church. God is. With reference to divorce, re-marriage, adultery, co-habitation (living together before marriage), promiscuity, pornography, etc., God has much to say, contrary to the ways of the world. Rather than accommodate to the ways of the world, God’s people are to believe and do according to the will of the Lord (that which is according to His Word).
It is according to God’s Word that God makes known His faithfulness, His love, His fidelity, His steadfastness—in Christ. Therefore does St. Paul the apostle liken Christ and His church to the husband and wife union in Ephesians 5: 22-33. Holy Matrimony is an illustration of God’s love for His people, the church, in Christ, Christ who gives Himself freely for her, and she honoring and respecting, and submitting to Him who loves her.
Though we are unfaithful to God and what He says, He is not. He condemns the sinner. But all who seek His forgiveness and His mercy in Christ indeed have it (1 John 1:8-9). This doesn’t mean that God’s goodness is dependent upon us, or that we somehow make it happen. It’s neither. Rather does God freely give and freely bestow upon the sinner that which none deserve-His kindness, favor, and peace.
Therefore, in Christ, you are sanctified and cleansed with the washing of water by the word, not even having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but holy and without blemish in God’s sight. Hence do we seek to be pleasing to Him (2 Corinthians 5:9) and live and believe (John 14:1) according to the way He would have us believe and live (John 14:23). Amen.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, we have not been faithful to you in word and deed, but have given in to our temptations. But you are faithful to Your Word and promise. Do not forsake us because of our infidelity. Uphold us in Your faithfulness. Forgive and renew us that we be and remain Your holy people. Amen.

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