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A Family Divided | DAY TEN


“He set out from there and went to the region of Judea and across the Jordan. Then crowds converged on him again, and as was his custom he taught them again. Some Pharisees came to test him, asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” He replied to them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses permitted us to write divorce papers and send her away.” But Jesus told them, “He wrote this command for you because of the hardness of your hearts. But from the beginning of creation God made them male and female. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” When they were in the house again, the disciples questioned him about this matter.”

Mark 10:1-10 CSB

Further Reading: This passage is also the focus of this week’s sermon.  Check out this week’s Mark Devotion to dive deeper into this passage. 


In America, half of us watched our parents divorce. A lot of times the strife caused by the curse of sin in our lives leaves us feeling like we have no other choice but to run and hide, to seek separation rather than restoration. Jesus’ teaching on divorce and the family is hard to face, but the hope of this passage is that for those in Jesus, is doesn’t end in judgement. Jesus is making all things new.

Let us confess the hardness of our hearts, and prayer that the brokenness that we come from and that we have in our own families can be faced with courage and the knowledge that Jesus can and will restore us.