God's Power to Restore Marriages
People want to justify their actions. They wouldn't have to if they felt inside it is alright, so they try to convince themselves and others that it is okay. That is what we see here in Mark 10:1-12. As Jesus was teaching the Pharisees showed up to try to discredit Him in front of the crowds.
They asked about divorce, and they had heard that Jesus said it was wrong but they knew Moses said it was okay, so they questioned Him. Will Jesus like usual when confronted, matched a question with a question. "What did Moses say in the law"? So now they felt they caught Jesus in contradiction with the law.
Jesus now explains; God permits divorce out of the hardness of man's heart, but He still hates it. He then reveals the beauty of holy Union where male and female become one when they marry. He later tells just the disciples that those who divorce and marry another commit adultery.
So what do we learn? If we love God, we are going to do what pleases Him. If God hates divorce, it should be our last option, used only if our marriage is causing destructive harm. Meaning one partner is being physically or sexually abusive or has joined themselves with another by committing adultery.
Since we walk in the power of God, we should believe that God can turn our marriage around for He has given us the ministry of reconciliation and restoration. This ministry begins and is established first in our walk with God, second in our homes and third to others.
Children in adult settings can be thought of as nothing but a bother, even in church services, if it is not VBS or children's church they are expected just to sit and be quiet. We may even shut them up by giving them a device to play video games.
Here in Mark 10:13-16, Parents bring children to Jesus to be blessed. The disciples scolded the parents for bothering him, which got Jesus angry with the disciples.
Jesus says "Let the children come to me. For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.
We need to let our children be involved in our church services, worshipping God with energy and excitement. We need to welcome them and help them feel included allowing them to participate as long as it is unto God.
Faith like a child is what it takes to walk in Kingdom power. They are not to be shunned but celebrated. They are examples to us, so we never lose our child like faith and innocence.
Money & Power
The rich young ruler turned away from following Jesus because of his priority being money. Jesus in Mark 10:23-30 discusses with his disciples the problem of money. He says, "it's easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God."
Why is this? Well, the more money one has, the more they can do what they want. People submit to others only out of necessity. When one has the power to be in control, they don't want to relinquish it.
Following God is about surrender; giving all one has, and all one is to do, in submission to Jesus as Lord. Not easy for someone who has wealth and power. Many people come to Jesus with nothing, they've hit bottom, and have nowhere else to turn.
The disciples knowing how obsessed people are with money asking Jesus, "Then who can be saved?" Jesus says "with men it is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
God has a way to humble the proudest and to bring to not the most greedy. Our job is to pray for those God lays on our heart no matter how open they seem to God.
Jesus now promises that those who give away what they own for God's purposes will receive 100 fold return, in this life. God rewards the sacrifices of His people.
Money & Power
Jesus walking with His disciples begins telling them again of His coming suffering. Last time Peter took Jesus aside and rebuked Him and then got even more scolded in return. This time James and John, "the sons of thunder," say something to Jesus just as absurd. They either don't get or don't believe what Jesus said about suffering and ask Jesus if they can stand on his right or left in Glory.
Now they were not heavenly minded they wanted power on Earth for they believed Jesus had come to establish His earthly Kingdom. Jesus tells them are you able to experience the suffering I'm about to experience? He then says there heavenly position is not His to decide. The other disciples became indignant that these guys would ask such a power hungry question.
These followers lived under the oppression of the Romans they were following Jesus mainly with the hope He would free them from Roman rule. Not understanding it was inward oppression that they needed to get free from if they were to find real peace.
Jesus now teaches them that those in the Kingdom of God exercise authority not like the world to dominate others but rather to be great is to serve. To be first is to be the slave of all, to give one's life as a ransom for many. Let us not think we can use God to gain power over others. For He will humble those, who misrepresent who He is. Let us rather ask Him to humble us and remove all greed from our hearts.
Jesus has been speaking to His disciples about suffering, but their response shows how they are still spiritually blind. They just can't get it. That's why the indwelling of the Holy Spirit our inner teacher is so necessary.
Jesus travels to Jericho where a physically blind beggar cries out to Him for mercy. He was told to be quiet by the crowd. Those who want something will do whatever it takes to get what they want. We cannot allow the crowd to get in the way of receiving what we need from Jesus.
Jesus asks the blind man, "what do you want from me?" That is His question today to you? He knows what you need, but He desires relationship which comes communication. If you believe that God is who He says He is you will ask what you need, and like this blind beggar it will be given to you. Jesus is the one who can open both spiritual and physical blind eyes, receive your sight today in Jesus Name.