March 03, 2019: SOAP #3377: Numbers 32-33; Mark 10 Scripture: Mark (NIV) 10:6 “But at the beginning of creation God 'made them male and female'. 7 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, 8 and the two will become one flesh.' So, they are no […]
March 03, 2019: SOAP #3377: Numbers 32-33; Mark 10
Scripture: Mark (NIV) 10:6 “But at the beginning of creation God 'made them male and female'. 7 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, 8 and the two will become one flesh.' So, they are no longer two, but one. 9 Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”
Observation: Making some humans male and others female is God's idea. It was He who designed the differences. It was not for the purpose of separating them, but for the purpose of uniting them. When their differences are united, 'the two will become one flesh.' The differences give them opportunity to love and serve one another. The uniting of differences gives strength and produces fruitfulness!
God is the one who created the differences, and God is the one who joins them in creating new life. Divorce is man's way of dealing with differences.
Application: I have heard many blessings spoken over marriage commitments; I have heard many prayers requesting God's blessings for a newly married couple. That seems so right. If God has joined them, we should expect God to bless them. It is common for weddings to be performed in a church and/or by a member of the clergy. We are acknowledging that marriage is God's plan and expecting His blessing.
From my personal life experience, I have yet to hear a prayer requesting God's blessing over a divorce. I have never seen a divorce ceremony held in a church. Divorce settlements are commonly conducted in a lawyer's office. That also seems right. If man is separating what God has joined, how could we ask or expect God to bless a divorce!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, use me to encourage and bless the marriages around me. Use me to encourage and bring healing to troubled marriages. Restore them to full joy, I pray. And Heavenly Father, I am blest to see how you can pull people out of great trouble to make their lives grow, blossom and bear fruit for your glory. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!