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Read Mark 10:2-16


Read Mark 10:2-16

2 Some Pharisees came to him and tried to trap him. “Tell us,” they asked, “does our Law allow a man to divorce his wife?”
3 Jesus answered with a question, “What law did Moses give you?”
4 Their answer was, “Moses gave permission for a man to write a divorce notice and send his wife away.”
5 Jesus said to them, “Moses wrote this law for you because you are so hard to teach. 6But in the beginning, at the time of creation, ‘God made them male and female,’ as the scripture says. 7‘And for this reason a man will leave his father and mother and unite with his wife,q 8and the two will become one.’ So they are no longer two, but one. 9No human being then must separate what God has joined together.”
10 When they went back into the house, the disciples asked Jesus about this matter. 11He said to them, “A man who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against his wife. 12In the same way, a woman who divorces her husband and marries another man commits adultery.”
13 Some people brought children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples scolded the people. 14When Jesus noticed this, he was angry and said to his disciples, “Let the children come to me, and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15I assure you that whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” 16Then he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on each of them, and blessed them.


Jesus emphasized an interpretation of Jewish law that empowered the weak.  In this passage Jesus gives women rights in marriage.  He then goes on to remind us to welcome children into the Kingdom of God; and to receive the Kingdom of God the way children receive it.


Lord help me to regard others as members of your Kingdom family - and help me to receive your Kingdom openly and joyously.

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