Raising the Bar
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Over the next 4 weeks, we will follow Jesus’ life and teachings as they are told in the 10th chapter of Mark. Today’s passage comes in two parts. The first part is Jesus’ teaching on marriage and divorce and the second is Jesus telling the disciples to let the children come to him. In both stories, we see Jesus teaching his audience about abuses of power and inequality in relationships.
Scripture: Mark 10:1-16
He left that place and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan. And crowds again gathered around him; and, as was his custom, he again taught them.
Some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, ‘Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?’ He answered them, ‘What did Moses command you?’They said, ‘Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.’ But Jesus said to them, ‘Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you.