Loving What God Loves: A Perspective on Divorce

Pastor Jay continues the series “The Question, Mark” with this week’s sermon “Loving What God Loves: A Perspective on Divorce” from Mark 10:1-16.

Mark 10:1-16 (ESV)

Teaching About Divorce

And he left there and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan, and crowds gathered to him again. And again, as was his custom, he taught them.

And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away.” And 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.’ ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

And in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. And he said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her, and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

Let the Children Come to Me

And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.

The gospel of Christ moves our heart to love what God loves.   

  • The gospel moves our heart to love God’s work in marriage.
  • The gospel moves our hearts to love Him like children.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • Name some things that you love.
  • Why do you love those things?
  • What do you love about God and what He has done for you?
  • Why do you love those things about God?