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Friday, 28 October 2011

Day 302: Jesus and divorce

What did Jesus day about divorce? Does he allow it, or forbid it?
The parable of the persistent widow
Luke 18:1-8
The parable of the pharisee and the tax collector
Luke 18:9-14
Jesus’ teaching on divorce
Matthew 19:1-12, Mark 10:1-12
He blesses little children
Matthew 19:13-15, Mark 10:13-16, Luke 18:15-17
The rich young ruler
Matthew 19:16-30, Mark 10:17-31

In our society, there are two things that we just can’t live without. Sex and money. Except that people do live without both of these.  So we do tell ourselves lies about these two objects of desire. Jesus neither forbids nor expressly permits divorce. He days the principle is one man, one woman, for life, but recognises that people can’t always live like this. And the rich young man who can’t bear to give up his wealth causes the disciples to panic - unnecessarily so, but Jesus makes it clear that money is a massive burden to someone trying to live life God’s way. Why be weighed down with such a care?

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