Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Bonus Reading, Mark

On Divorce and Children           

Today's reading shows Jesus teaching his disciples to be more generous in their attitudes toward women and children.  First, he deals with a question from the Pharisees about the legality of divorce in God's eyes, explaining that most divorces are a sign of human shortcomings rather than God's will.  Then, contrary to all cultural norms of the time, Jesus takes time to bless children and encourages people to be more like them.  All people, not just adult men, are important and valued in God's eyes.

Read Mark 10:1-16  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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