Mark 10:6-9 - The Two Will Become One Flesh.

Mark 10:6-9 - The Two Will Become One Flesh.

Mark 10:6-9 (NKJV) But from the beginning of the creation, God 
'made them male and female.  For this reason a man shall leave his 
father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become 
one flesh'; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore 
what God has joined together, let not man separate.  

Mark 10:6-9 (TNIV) But at the beginning of creation God 'made 
them male and female. For this reason a man will leave his father and 
mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.' 
So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined 
together, let no one separate. 

  The Pharisees were trying to trap Jesus when they asked the 
question, "Should a man be allowed to divorce his wife?" If Jesus answered 
yes, then he would support the view of the Pharisees. If he answered 
no, then not only would the people be upset, but he might anger King 
Herod, who had already beheaded John the Baptist for speaking against 
  Jesus, however, saw through their motives and used the 
question to review God's intended purpose for marriage. As experts in the 
law, the Pharisees knew what Moses had said about divorce; Jesus went 
on to explain that it was God's intention that a man and a woman 
make a commitment to permanence in marriage. In Deuteronomy, divorce 
was instituted only for the purpose of protecting an injured party 
within the marriage, and it required the approval of a judge. Yet 
overtime, divorce had become easy and convenient. 
  Jesus quoted Genesis 2:24, reminding the Pharisees - and us - 
that when two become one, no one should separate them. We should 
never enter marriage with the idea that, if it isn't going as we had 
hoped, we can just end it. Entering marriage with the idea of 
commitment and permanence no matter what storms assail you will make your 
marriage work. [The One Year Bible for New Believers re Mark 10:2-9] 

God allowed divorce as a concession to people's sinfulness. 
Divorce was not approved, but it was instituted to protect the injured 
party in a bad situation. Unfortunately, the Pharisees used 
Deuteronomy 24:1 as a proof text for divorce. Jesus explained that this was 
not God's intent; instead, God wants married people to consider 
their marriage permanent. [The One Year Bible Companion re Mark 

The rabbis didn't agree on their interpretation of the divorce 
law (Deut. 24:1-4), one school being lenient and the other strict. 
When you live "by permission," you are tempted to follow those who 
tell you what you want to hear. Our Lord led the Pharisees back to 
God's original plan and interpreted it for them. [Chapter by Chapter 
Bible Commentary by Warren Wiersbe] 

  Fundamentally, Jesus' discussion of the marriage relationship 
and its responsibilities is based on God's original plan for the 
home as stated in Gen. 2:21-24 (see Matt. 19:8) and not on the Mosaic 
law (see Deut. 24:1-4). In that plan, marriage was intended to meet 
the need for companionship (Gen. 2:18), and to provide a home and 
proper training for the children that would be born (see Gen. 1:28; 
18:19; Prov. 22:6; Eph. 6:1-4). The home was thus established as an 
ideal environment in which both parents and children might learn of 
God and might develop characters that would measure up to the lofty 
ideals inherent in the divine purpose that led to their creation....  
  As Christ later pointed out, divorce was not a part of God's 
original plan, but came under the provisional approval of the law of 
Moses because of the "hardness" of men's hearts (ch. 19:7, 8).... It 
should be emphasized that the law of Moses did not institute divorce. 
By divine direction Moses tolerated it and regulated it so as to 
prevent abuses. Christian marriage should rest on the basis of Gen. 
2:24, not of Deut. 24:1....  
  The liberal school of Hillel taught that a man might secure a 
divorce for the most trivial cause, such as his wife's permitting his 
food to burn. The more conservative school of Shammai, however, 
interpreted the expression "some uncleanness" of Deut. 24:1 to mean "some 
unseemly thing," meaning "immodest," or "indecent." But Jesus made plain 
that there should be no divorce except in the case of marital 
infidelity. The marriage relationship had been perverted by sin, and Jesus 
came to restore to it the purity and beauty originally ordained by 
the Creator....  
  In the providence of God the marriage institution was designed 
to bless and uplift humanity. The companionship of husband and wife 
was ordained of God as the ideal environment in which to mature a 
Christian character. Most of the personality adjustments of married life, 
and the difficulties encountered by many in making these 
adjustments, call for the exercise of self-restraint and sometimes 
self-sacrifice. True "love is patient and kind," it "does not insist on its own 
way," it "bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, 
endures all things" (1 Cor. 13:4-7, RSV). When Christians enter into the 
marriage relationship they should accept the responsibility of applying 
the principles here stated. Husbands and wives who thus apply these 
principles, and who are willing for the grace of Christ to operate in their 
lives, will find that there is no difficulty, however serious it may 
appear to be, that cannot be solved. Where dispositions are not 
congenial, the Christian solution is to change dispositions, not spouses.... 
  A wife put away would naturally seek to find a new home. But 
by marrying another she would commit fornication, because her 
previous marriage was not validly dissolved in God's sight (cf. Mark 
10:11, 12). Christ boldly set aside the rabbinical tradition of His 
day, especially that of the school of Hillel, which permitted divorce 
for any cause. It has been observed that no marriage existed among 
the Jews of the Mishnaic period from which the husband could not 
abruptly free himself in a legal fashion. Jesus emphasized that marriage 
was divinely ordained and, when properly entered into, was divinely 
ratified. What God had joined together no rabbinical tradition or practice 
could put asunder. [SDA Bible Commentary excerpts from Mat. 5:28-32]