What Jesus Did! 'United into One' — Mark 10:7-8

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

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[Jesus continued his teaching about marriage:] "'This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.' Since they are no longer two but one, ..."
— Mark 10:7-8 NLT

Key Thought

Marriage is about two people becoming one entity. Jesus makes this powerfully clear by emphasizing "oneness" four times in just three verses:
verse 7 - "joined,"
verse 8 - "two are united into one,"
verse 8 - "no longer two but one," and
verse 9 - "what God has joined together."
The sexual union between a husband and wife is clearly in view in this context. This union is a good and glorious one that is to be enjoyed and celebrated in marriage.

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for your plan about the proper place for sexual intimacy within the security and protection of marriage. May I always honor you in handling my sexuality in holiness, righteousness, and love. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Thessalonians 4:1-5
  • 1 Corinthians 7:3-4
  • Proverbs 5:18-20


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Illustration of Mark 10:7-8 NLT — "'This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.' Since they are no longer two but one, ..."

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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