Mark 10:2-12

The Power of Covenant in Marriage


Mark 10:2-12 some Pharisees came up to Jesus testing Him and began to question Him whether it was lawful for a man to divorce a wife He answered and said to them what did Moses command you? they said Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away but Jesus said to them because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment but from the beginning of creation God made them male and female for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and the two shall become one flesh so they are no longer two but one flesh what therefore God has joined together let no man separate I want to stop there for a moment we’ll do the other two verses in just a minute this is something very very powerful and completely counter cultural today it’s interesting I’ve always said many times whenever they asked Yeshua a question he asked them a question and that’s what He did here they said is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife He says what did Moses command you you know what I noticed Yeshua did He always gave grace to the humble and law to the proud He always directed the prideful back to Moses but when Nicodemus came by night and said I really want to understand how to be born again I want to understand how to walk with God He gave him grace He told him about the Kingdom about being born gain He didn’t say what did Moses say but here these guys are trying to trap Him, trick Him He says what did Moses say and they say well Moses said it’s ok to divorce and give a certificate and Yeshua takes them right back to Genesis and He says this was never God’s plan it was never God’s idea when do you need a law when people are doing right or when people are doing wrong the obvious point is you need a law when people are doing wrong if there were 10 of us on a desert island and nobody ever stole we don’t need a law against stealing when do we need a law against stealing the first time somebody steals we need a law to tell what to do about somebody doing something wrong when do we need a law about divorce when people are so hard hearted they actually begin to do this but Yeshua said this was never God’s intention this was never God’s plan He takes them right back to Genesis now what’s very interesting is the disciples hear this and they can’t believe their ears they’re going, what is He saying and they’re saying this is probably His public statement let’s ask Him privately in the house what He really meant by this how would He answer us privately so they take Him in the house and they say to Him Yeshua, it’s just us the insiders surely you didn’t mean what we thought we heard you say publicly like that was just your public statement, right? what did you mean exactly in answer to the question of these guys about divorce what did you mean it’s just us, tell us privately and so it says in verse 10 in the house the disciples began questioning Him about this again why do they question again because they couldn’t believe what He said publicly and so He said to them now here’s His private explanation of this He said whoever divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her and if she herself divorces her husband and marries another man she is committing adultery He says this very very plainly now why did Yeshua say that because it’s very obvious He believes marriage was a covenant marriage is a covenant and a covenant is broken by one thing and one thing only a covenant is broken by death not by adultery, not by abuse not by abandonment yes there are things that need to be done when there is abuse going on there are things that need to happen when there’s adultery when there’s abandonment and that sort of thing that doesn’t break a covenant death is the only thing that breaks a covenant marriage between a man and a woman is a prophetic image of how Yeshua treats His bride this is what Paul told us in Ephesians 5:31-32 so it’s the prophetic image of how Yeshua treats His bride and of how Yahweh treats Israel when does Yahweh say to Israel that’s it I’ve had enough I’m permanently terminating relationship with you and replacing you the answer is never that’s a heresy called replacement theology yes there was a divorce in Jeremiah 3 but did Yahweh permanently terminate relationship with Israel of course not He has continued to say to them return, return, return for 3000 years and many are returning what’s Yeshua’s attitude when we sin against Him when we turn our back against Him when His bride is faithless when His bride wants to go after other gods does he permanently terminate relationship and replace them with someone else of course not very simple to understand what Yeshua is saying here what happens if someone divorces and marries another well, according to Yeshua they’ve committed adultery and if she herself divorces her husband and marries another what has she done she’s committed adultery what does this mean what are we to do what we’re to do is not justify, defend and say well surely He didn’t mean that no, what we need to do is recognize marriage is a covenant if I’ve broken that covenant if you’ve broken a marriage covenant and you’ve done exactly what Yeshua said not to do which is a huge number of people in our society what do you do? come before God repent don’t justify, defend tell all the reasons why you did it simply acknowledge Lord I did exactly the opposite of what Yeshua said to do here Father forgive me forgive me what do you want me to do now and do what He tells you to do commit yourself to covenant in marriage commit yourself to your marriage being a covenant I know there are many people that are in very very difficult marriage situations and I’m not saying that God is hard harsh, cruel, uncaring no but what I know is that God has miracles I have seen marriage after marriage, after marriage restored when people will take a stand for covenant when people will understand that’s my husband that’s my wife and Lord I need a miracle in order to restore this marriage maybe you’re in that situation today and you need a miracle to restore your marriage maybe you have a son or daughter maybe you have a brother or sister that are in a terrible situation friends that you know people in your congregation that are in a terrible marriage situation let’s pray right now for supernatural outpouring of God’s grace for restoration, reconciliation and healing in marriage I believe there’s an anointing right now, right here on this message for an outpouring of God’s grace for reconciliation restoration and healing of marriage so let’s pray that and if that’s not your need personally I believe God will bring somebody to your mind who does need that and would you just agree in prayer for that person that couple so Father we come into agreement today for a supernatural outpouring of your grace for reconciliation restoration and healing of marriage today Father would you pour out your grace and Lord for each one watching today and that is the need of that person you’re saying I need the miracle in my marriage Father I pray for a supernatural outpouring of grace, restoration healing in marriage I thank you that the blood of Yeshua was shed to heal marriages and Father we just release your anointing and your grace to bring about supernatural marriage reconciliation and healing today in the name of Yeshua Ha Mashiach Amen


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