What Jesus Did! 'God's Plan' — Mark 10:6

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

"But when God made the world, 'he made people male and female.'"
— Mark 10:6
Illustration of Mark 10:6 — "But when God made the world, 'he made people male and female.'"

Key Thought

God's plan, rooted in the creation story of Genesis 2, is that one woman and one man be married for life. As male and female, they are different, yet each one is created in the image of God. They are different—not just because of the difference in their two lives, with different experiences and different tastes, but also because they are made fundamentally different. Learning to blend these differences through mutual love and submission reflects the mystery of God himself, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Today's Prayer

O Father in heaven, help the marriages among your people today more fully reflect your divine intention. Teach us to submit to each other out of love and respect—not just love and respect for our marriage partner, but also love and respect for Jesus as our Lord. In his name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Then Jesus left that place. He went into the area of Judea and across the Jordan River. Again, many people came to him. And Jesus taught the people like he always did. Some Pharisees came to Jesus. They tried to make Jesus say something wrong. They asked Jesus, "Is it right for a man to divorce his wife?" Jesus answered, "What did Moses command you to do?" The Pharisees said, "Moses allowed a man to divorce his wife by writing a certificate of divorce. " Jesus said, "Moses wrote that command for you because you refused to accept God's teaching. But when God made the world, 'he made people male and female.' 'That is why a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife. And the two people will become one.' So the people are not two, but one. God has joined those two people together. So no person should separate them." Later, the followers and Jesus were in the house. The followers asked Jesus again about the question of divorce. Jesus answered, "Any person that divorces his wife and marries another woman is guilty of sin against his wife. He is guilty of the sin of adultery. And the woman that divorces her husband and marries another man is also guilty of adultery."

Mark 10:1-12

Related Scripture Readings

Then God said, "Now let's make man. We will make people as a copy of ourselves. People will be like us. They will rule over all the fish in the sea and the birds in the air. They will rule over all the large animals and all the little things that crawl on the earth." So God made people in his own image. God made people as a copy of himself. God made them male and female.

Genesis 1:26-27

Be willing to serve each other. Do this because you respect Christ.

Ephesians 5:21

The Lord God used the rib from the man to make a woman. Then the Lord God brought the woman to the man. And the man said, "Finally! {A person like me}. Her bones are from my bones. Her body is from my body. She was taken out of man, so I will call her woman." That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife. This way, two people become one. The man and his wife were naked, but they were not ashamed.

Genesis 2:22-25

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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