Mark Has Some Good News, Part 40, Loopholes
Teaching About Divorce
1 And he left there and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan, and crowds gathered to him again. And again, as was his custom, he taught them.
2 And Pharisees came up and in order to test him 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 divorce and to send her away." 5 And Jesus said to them, "Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. 6 But from the beginning of creation, 'God made them male and female.' 7 'Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, 8 and the two shall become one flesh.' So they are no longer two but one flesh. 9 What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate."
10 And in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 11 And 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."
Loopholes are trick business for a fingers to deal with aren't they? When there's only enough room to deal with one thread of truth the loophole allows free and easy movement for anything that fits through it.
Now this is fine when it comes to draw strings on your pajamas but it's a different entanglement when those pajamas come of when your spouse isn't around. And this is the loophole that the religious leaders wanted to clear with Jesus.
They didn't have come with one about working on the Sabbath (who wants to mess with your day off). They didn't come with one about their food (I mean that's smart, never bring bacon into an argument). They brought sex into the picture. And questioned a man that would never have sex about what to do with wife's who do it outside the marriage bed.
In John’s gospel Jesus literally defeats a religious argument for the death of an adulterer with their religious desires found perfectly in himself.
Jesus was the only one who should have thrown the stones. But he showed mercy and forgiveness. And here in Mark he defeats the religious by showing that rules don't prevent sin.
An exception provided for the broken marriages in Gods nation is taken and abused by the sinful hearts of people. Who wants a loophole instead of a relationship? Who wants a loophole instead of a savior?
All that an adultery loophole allows is for men to get even with women who cheat. A very exception to give to a nation who has been repeatedly called a whore by their own God. Did he ever leave then in the arms of another nation?
Ezekiel chapter 23
And God doesn't want people to get even because of sex. He wants them to stay together and have it instead. God wants marriages that not only succeed but face failure by turning to him instead of a loophole.