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

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

"'That is why a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife.'"
— Mark 10:7 NLT
Illustration of Mark 10:7 NLT — "'That is why a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife.'"

Key Thought

One of the key elements of marriage as God designed it is the transfer of dependence 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


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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