Monday, February 3, 2014

WHAT DO YOU WANT?: "Restoration of Marriages"

Here are the notes from the message at New Life Community Church on Sunday, February 2, 2014.  If you desire to listen to this message, you may do so by going to our website at  God bless!

What Do You Want?, Part 3                                                             Sunday, February 2, 2014
 “Restoration of Marriages”

46 And they came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.” 50 And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus.
51 And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” 52 And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.  Mark 10:51-52 (ESV)

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Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these sayings, that He departed from Galilee and came to the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them there.  The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?”  Matthew 19:1-3 (NKJV)

The ATTACK on marriage.

Jesus came into the region of Perea which is beyond the Jordan River.
He was TESTED concerning His beliefs about marriage and divorce.

We are all being tested about marriage and divorce.

There is story in Matthew 14 that serves as a background here.  John the Baptist did his ministry in this area called Perea – beyond Jordan.  At this time the entire area of Israel was ruled by a tetrarchy from Rome: Archelaus over in the west, Phillip up north and Herod Antipas in the east.  Here’s what had happened.  Herod Antipas took Herodias, the wife of his brother Phillip.  John the Baptist stood up and said, “That’s wrong!”  As a result, this ended up getting John the Baptist killed.  They beheaded him.  Ultimately it was because of his stand on marriage.

The Pharisees knew this.  Jesus was preaching in the very same territory that John the Baptist was martyred over his stand about divorce and remarriage.  So, the Pharisees TESTED Jesus. 

I’m sure they hoped Jesus would in some way end up like John the Baptist.

Testimony:  Terry and Debra Howard

1.     We choose to make marriage work.

And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?  So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”  Matthew 19:4-6 (NKJV)

The ANSWER from God’s Word

2.     We choose to forgive.

They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?”  Matthew 19:7 (NKJV)

The ARGUMENT that is raised

He said to them, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.”  Matthew 19:8-9 (NKJV)

3.     We choose to change.

The APPEAL from Jesus’ heart

10 His disciples said to Him, “If such is the case of the man with his wife, it is better not to marry.”  Matthew 19:10 (NKJV)

4.     We choose to love.

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