What Jesus Did! 'Leaving the Nest' — Mark 10:6-7

Saturday, July 6, 2024

[Jesus continued his teaching about marriage:] "But 'God made them male and female' from the beginning of creation. 'This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, ...'"
— Mark 10:6-7 NLT

Key Thought

One of the key elements of marriage as God designed it is the transfer of the primary family relationship from one's parents to one's marriage partner. In the vast majority of cultures, it is assumed that the woman will leave her parents to begin her new family with her husband. Jesus makes clear that the man must leave his parents for his wife as well. They must learn to rely on one another and not their parents. In their differences as male and female, they must learn that the other completes what is lacking as they serve each other and depend upon God.

Today's Prayer

Father, I pray that I will live to see a deeper appreciation for your plan for marriage in my culture. Until that day, I pray that those in my family will embody your will in our marriage and family relationships. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 10:37-39
  • Ephesians 5:31-33
  • Ruth 2:11-12


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Illustration of Mark 10:6-7 NLT — "But 'God made them male and female' from the beginning of creation. 'This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, ...'"

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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