Mark 10:1-16

Tomorrow 10 AM… Verse by verse we go through the Gospel According to Mark.

Not necessarily an easy text to walk through. Mark 10:1-16. (Warning: DIVORCE TALK)

Once again CONTEXT is crucial!

Some key thoughts we must take into this text are:

1. Mark 3:6 (Jesus has a target on his back).

2. Mark 10:2 (Jesus is being tested by those who want to test/trick Him). This isn’t a married couple who came to ask Jesus for marriage advice!

3. Ideas and views of Marriage/Divorce are different in different periods (Especially in Modernity).

4. The reoccurring point we must also make is that Jesus’ teaching methods include hyperbole and parable. And “to those on the outside Jesus spoke in parables (Mark 4:10-12).

We saw what happened to JTB (John the Baptizer) in Mark 6 (decapitated at Herod’s political/most-likely-sensual-shindig) when JTB called out Herod’s marriage situation (6:18).

Interesting comments for the interested by NT scholar Craig Evans:

“the question of divorce had become a politically hot topic. Not only did Herodias desert and (presumably) divorce her husband (probably through the Roman courts), but Herod Antipas divorced his wife, the daughter of Aretas the king of the Nabateans, in order to marry Herodias. (Josephus tells us that when the daughter of Aretas caught wind of Herod’s plan, she fled to her father.) This marital affair created a political crisis, which finally resulted in war between Galilee and the Nabatea. Had it not been for Roman intervention, Antipas likely would have lost his kingdom. In such a dangerous situation as this, it is understandable why the Galilean tetrach could not tolerate John’s criticism and his popularity with the masses. Ultimately John’s criticism of Herod Antipas’s divorce and remarriage cost the baptizer his life”

To just get topical on a Christian hot topic like divorce from this passage runs some risks of hurting people who have been the victims of marital relationship gone bad in the 20th and 21st Century.

This text in context is what we will attempt.

Too much you say????!!!! Hahahahaha

Nope… just important if one wants to engage the text ok ok…✌️

First Christian Salina @ 2727 E Crawford 10am

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