Friday, January 07, 2011
We are going to address the subject of divorce because it is the theme of our Lord's teaching in Mark chapter 10...Mark chapter 10. We're going to be looking at the twelve verses that launch this chapter and it's going to be in two parts, one this morning and another one next Sunday. So I'm going to let you know that so that you're not wondering why I haven't gotten to all of the issues that relate to this theme. I'm unable to do that until next Sunday and we'll finish up this text next Sunday morning. And then next Sunday evening, I'm going to add a special message on the issue of divorce from 1 Corinthians chapter 7. That will give you the full picture of what the Scripture teaches about divorce. We've also put a little notice in Grace Today about the book, The Divorce Dilemma, which is a handy guide to take you through the Scripture to help you understand these issues.
We're in Mark chapter 10, The Truth About Divorce. Now if you ask the question, how does God view divorce? There is a short answer. The short answer is given by God Himself in Malachi, the last prophecy at the end of your Old Testament, chapter 2 verse 16 where God says, "I hate divorce... I hate divorce." That is God's attitude toward a widely accepted, extremely popular and time-honored institution in human society...God hates divorce.