What Jesus Did! 'Hard-Heartedness' — Mark 10:5

Monday, July 4, 2016

Jesus said, "Moses wrote that command for you because you refused to accept God's teaching."
— Mark 10:5 NLT
Illustration of Mark 10:5 NLT — Jesus said, "Moses wrote that command for you because you refused to accept God's teaching."

Key Thought

What Moses did in allowing the children of Israel a legal means of divorce (see verses 1-4 or yesterday's WJD!) was done only as a concession. It was not God's original plan. It was not what was best for the people involved. It was allowed only because of the hard hearts of the people who wouldn't honor their vows to each other and to God. In a world where people continue to break their vows, refuse to be faithful to each other, and wound their children, the focus shouldn't become the legality of the concession, but should become a focus on prevention of divorce through healthy and loving marriages and restoration of those broken by divorce.

Today's Prayer

God, I ask first that you help me be a faithful, loyal, and loving person who lives up the vows, promises, and pledges that I make. Second, dear Father, I pray that you use me to encourage others to do the same. Finally, Righteous Father, I ask that you show me the best ways to help restore and encourage those who have been wounded by divorce. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Malachi 2:13-16
  • 1 Corinthians 7:10-11
  • Ecclesiastes 5:1-2

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About This Devotional

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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