April 24 - Mark 10:1-10
- What is the context of the discussion we step into in Mark 10:1-10? Think about the goal of the question the Pharisees pose to Jesus as well as why it is Jesus refers them to Moses (Deut 24:1-24). To say it differently, are the Pharisees being sincere in seeking to follow all of God's word or are they using God's word for their own purposes?
- Sometimes, we experience divorce in our family or community. There are Biblical grounds for divorce (ex. I Cor. 7:15 and Matthew 5:32) though it is always a painful experience. Psalm 103:11-12 says this, "11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us." The Pharisees however want to use divorce as a way of condemning. Discuss the difference in how Jesus approaches our sin vs. how the Phariees approach it.
- Paul Tripp, author and speaker, says this, "The biggest problem in your marriage is you." How does understanding our own sin influence how we approach our marriage and relationships?
- Christian marriage is marriage based on a promise or a covenant before God, one another, and the church. It is based on God's faithfulness to us us above all else. How is this different than the basis for marriage in our culture?
- Understanding God's forgivness and his love for us personally informs and enables us to love others. God's love informs us about the quality of God's love but it also transforms us because we experience the power of God's love. We encounter a divine grace that brings life and renewal instead of shame or life-sapping condemnation. Read Psalm 30:11-12. Discuss how God's expression of love towards his people informs and transforms them.
- Tim Keller says that the Bible begins and ends with a wedding (Gen. 1:28 & Revelation 19:7-8). How does what we read in Revelation 19 shape how we understand our position and place before the Lord? What are the benefits that are ours as the Bride of Christ?
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