“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female, and said, ‘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 flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
These words of Jesus were in response to religious legalists who were trying to trip Him up with their interesting questions about divorce and marriage. They were fanatics about “the law” and righteousness but had forgotten the “spirit” and essentials of what God has been saying for centuries.
“Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?” they ask.
I always love the way Jesus goes right to the centre – the core of the argument. His response is powerful and reflects the character and nature of God – our Creator – the Designer of mankind. To our 21st Century minds it may seem quaint but here in the words of Jesus, we see simply put, God’s intentions and the inbuilt design elements of humanity. God created male and female – remember He’s speaking about marriage and divorce – and then He make a powerful comment.
“For this reason…” King James says “for this cause” – Jesus is saying this explains why a man leaves father and mother and desires to be united with his wife. This “cause” is a God designed – inbuilt – instinctive, inherent, and innate. I love this wording of Jesus – The Creator made them and built in them a desire to be united as man and wife.
And what God has joined together – when a man and woman marry there is a divine activity present – a joining of purpose, destiny, life and flesh. The two become one. This marriage – this joining – this divine bonding, connection this uniting is a work of God and Jesus says “… let no one try and separate them.”
These words of Jesus are beautiful.