Jesus Teaches Again about Divorce
34 total verses: Matthew 19:1-15; Mark 10:1-16; Luke 18:15-17
Brief description of action taking place or point being made
217 and 218. Jesus goes to Judea by the Jordan in Matthew 19:1-2; Mark 10:1
219. Pharisees question Jesus about divorce in Matthew 19:3-9; Mark 10:2-9
220. Disciples question Jesus about divorce in Matthew 19:10-12; Mark 10:10-12
221. Jesus blesses little children in Matthew 19:13-15; Mark 10:13-16; Luke 18:15-17
1. What is your favorite verse or set of verses? Why?
2. Did you learn anything from the reading or find anything particularly cool? What?
3. Was there anything unclear in the passage that you have questions about? What are they?
Specific questions on this passage
After Completing the Bible Reading
Broader outline of each section of passage
Matthew 19:1-2; Mark 10:1. Jesus moved from Galilee to Judea. He has large crowds following him, and he healed many there.
Matthew 19:3-9; Mark 10:2-12. The Pharisees question Jesus about the lawfulness of divorce. Jesus replied with a very strong statement about God joining people together in marriage, and therefore what God has joined together, people should not separate. He did say that divorce is permissible in the case of sexual immorality, but then said that if you do divorce and remarry (except in the permissible case), you are actually committing adultery.
Matthew 19:10-12. The disciples commented that if that is the case, it is better not to marry. It is not clear what is meant, but the commentator Albert Barnes suggested the disciples thought that not being able to get out of a difficult marriage put such a constraint that it would be better not to marry. And Jesus then talk about the important role of eunuchs, though not all can receive such a call.
Matthew 19:13-15; Mark 10:13-16; Luke 18:15-17. Parents brought their children to Jesus for him to bless them, but the disciples tried to chase them away. Jesus rebuked the disciples, because he loved children and wants to bless them. He told those listening that you have to receive the Kingdom of God like a child does.
My favorite passage and other random thoughts
The verses I chose from today’s reading are Matthew 19:6-7, “‘They are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate'” (ESV). Jesus strongly reminds us that it is God that joins people together in marriage. And that while we may not even think he was involved at all, he was indeed involved. And that it is not a mistake what he joins together. So it is wrong of us to think that it is a mistake. Rather, we need to take it seriously and understand that if we think we need a divorce, then we are confused, especially about God’s will.