“. . . what God has joined, let no one separate.”

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Lunch, Bible study and more! Come join Alicia in the HUB on Mondays between 11:45 am and 1:15 pm.  Bring or buy your lunch (or just come by).  We’ll talk about life and campus and the world, and take a look at the gospel reading for the coming Sunday.  If you aren’t able to make it, check out the reading and reflection questions below.  Check our facebook page around 11:40 am for Alicia’s exact location!

Mark 10:2-16

2 Some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3 He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” 4 They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” 5 But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. 6 But from the beginning of creation, “God made them male and female.’ 7 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 8 and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” 10 Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 11 He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; 12 and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” 13 People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. 14 But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 15 Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

Reflection

How have divorce and other broken relationships affected your life?

What are the realities of divorce in our day and culture?

How is power an issue in the relationships in your life?

What do we know about the realities of divorce in Jesus’ context?

What does God want for our relationships?

What differences are there between how children were viewed in the

1st century and today?

Who are the most vulnerable and unimportant in our culture?

What is Jesus getting at in these two conversations?

 

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