Rev. Dustin Beck, pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Warda, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Mark 10:1-12.
Jesus’ ministry of teaching continues in the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan. In the same area where John the Baptist had once spoken against Herod’s sin against adultery, the Pharisees come to Jesus to test Him with a question about divorce. When Jesus turns the question back to them, they quote from Moses in Deuteronomy 24. Jesus’ response makes it apparent that they are looking at the wrong text because they are asking the wrong question. Instead of asking, “How can a divorce be lawful?” they should ask, “What is marriage?” The answer to that question is found in Genesis 1 and 2, where God creates marriage as the lifelong union of a man and a woman as one flesh. What God has joined together must not be broken by man. The disciples receive the same answer from Jesus privately. These words from Jesus are difficult for us still today because of our own hardness of heart. We must take heed of the goodness of God’s gift of marriage as we rejoice in the forgiveness that is ours in Christ.
“The Gospel in Action” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the Gospel according to St. Mark. The Evangelist hits the ground running with the very first verse of his Gospel account, and he never lets up the pace. As one deed of Jesus comes right after another, always paired with His authoritative Word, St. Mark proclaims the good news that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, revealed conclusively by His death on the cross.