Jesus had been busy teaching the people and then healing many when the pharisees came “to test him”. Their challenge to Jesus, after witnessing such amazing miracles, reveals their hardness of heart. They were not looking for a genuine answer to the question of divorce but were trying to catch him out.
Jesus shows that God’s good design was for a man and a woman to marry and remain committed for life. Divorce was only permitted by Moses “because of hard hearts”. It is an uncomfortable truth that hard-heartedness/sin of some sort is involved in every divorce. However, getting divorced is not an unforgiveable sin as some would have us believe. Sometimes (such as in domestic abuse) separation is the right answer.
In discussing hardness of heart, I suspect that Jesus sees right through the pharisees and is challenging them to recognize the state of their own hearts.
So, I am prompted to ask myself some questions:
- Where is my heart hard?
- How can I bless my husband in our marriage?
- How can I best love and support those who have gone through the pain of divorce?
Father, please examine my heart and challenge me when I need to change. Please help me to have a soft heart. Help me to love and support others without judging.
Written by Megan Cornell