Saturday, March 28, 2009

Saturday Scripture Speaks - March 28

'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. Mark 10:7-8 (NIV)

Some Pharisees sought to trap Jesus by asking him, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?" (verse 2). Moses had allowed men to divorce their wives by giving certificates of divorce and sending them away.

Jesus told the Pharisees that the reason Moses had allowed divorce was because of the Israelites' hard hearts. He went on to say that divorce was never in God's plan and that marriage was, from the very beginning, meant to last.

What really hits me with this passage is the part where Jesus says, "They are no longer two, but one."

How do two people become one flesh?

My husband and I are celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary today. I wonder if we are "one flesh." We are two very different people with very different ideas, yet if the God says that two are one, that's that. I believe that God's intention is for a husband and wife to work together in the marriage to the point that they make a "whole person." My body doesn't work unless all of the individual parts cooperate with each other. Together, my arms, legs, feet, head, etc. make one body.

The Bible also says that Jesus is the bridegroom and the church is His bride. We can apply what we know about physical marriage to a spiritual marriage with Christ. We are to "forsake all others" and become one with our Savior. This week let's try to keep Jesus primary in our lives and remember that without Him, we are only half a (spiritual) person.

4 comments:

Angela said...

What a powerful devotional...thanks for sharing. It really ministered to me and sharpened me (Proverbs 27:17). Happy Anniversary sweet precious sister.

May God be gracious to you and hubby and bless you and make His face shine upon you this day and always.amen amen amen

Melanie said...

Lovely post on this great passage in the Bible. Happy Anniversary!

purplemoose said...

You visited my site, so I thought I'd pop over and say Hi. Congratulations on your anniversary! I will pray for your husband's recovery, and I hope life gets back to "normal" for your family soon.

bethanyrae said...

Happy Anniversary. Hope you have an especially blessed year!
bethanyrae