“And Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Because of the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made the male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” Mark 10:5-9
Have you ever been in a situation where you were forced to chose between two or more less than perfect choices?
Sometimes situations and circumstances leave us with options no godly or righteous person would want. The problem is that many people are neither godly nor righteous and even those that are trying to be righteous are in many ways still spiritually immature and therefore unable to make decisions that someone stronger or more mature would make.
The issue of the legitimacy of divorce, Jesus was tested by the Pharisees with, is just one example of this reality. Jesus very clearly tells us that it was only because of the hardness of people’s hearts that Moses wrote that commandment.
This statement tells us that this commandment is a concession God made due to the weakness of our sinful human natures. Sometimes the best that can be done is to place limits on the harm that our sinfulness can cause. It would be better if we could change and stop our sinful actions. It would be better if we could forgive one another and give grace to cover the sins and hurts that we’ve received. But sometimes in our weakness we can’t or won’t change. And sometimes in our immaturity we can’t or won’t forgive. In theses cases the best that can happen is to allow, and perhaps in some cases force, the parties to stop the continued causing of pain so that some kind of healing can begin.
Jesus point, however, is that God’s concession doesn’t make the choice his desire for us. God’s desire is that we would seek and choose the best. That we would chose love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control. That we would chose forgiveness, mercy and the good of others.
Praise God that he is patient with our weakness. Praise God that his goodness to us never fails even though we so often do fail.
O God help us to become true children to you. Help us become like you.