Let’s open our Bibles to the tenth chapter of Mark’s gospel, that is the very Mark called John Mark we read about in Acts chapter 12, who wrote this glorious gospel and learned perhaps most of the personal incidents that are recorded here from Peter, who influenced his life so greatly. We are looking at the tenth chapter, the opening twelve verses, which we began last week on the subject of divorce, as our Lord instructs His disciples.
Let me read the text so you have it in mind.
“Getting up, He went from there to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan. Crowds gathered around Him again and according to His custom, He once more began to teach them. Some Pharisees came up to Jesus testing Him and began to question Him whether it was lawful for a man to divorce a wife. And He answered and said to them, ‘What did Moses command you?’ They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.’ But Jesus said to them, ‘Because of your hardness of heart, He wrote you this commandment. But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female, for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and the two shall become one flesh, so they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.’
“In the house the disciples began questioning Him about this again. And He said to them, ‘Whoever divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. And if she herself divorces her husband and marries another man, she is committing adultery.’”...