October 4, 2015 Faith, Beaufort, SC
The 19th Sunday after Pentecost 1812 Boundary St.

“What God Has Joined Together”
(Mark 10:2-16)

Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

TEXT: Mark 10:9 ~ “What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Amen.

From the beginning, from Creation, BEFORE THE FALL, God saw that it was not good for us to be alone, so in Paradise, before sin came in and ruined God’s perfect plan, God created a Helper for the Head.

It is not a punishment to be the Helper, subordinate to the Head. That we think that way at all is a painful sign of our selfish, sinful nature. Jesus came not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for all of us. We are called to submit to one another, putting the other first, ahead of our own needs and desires. We love, because He first loved us…

From the beginning: A lifelong, monogamous union of one man as the Head and one woman as the Helper = God’s perfect plan.

Then came sin and perverted God’s perfect plan: No head, no helper, no lifelong, no monogamous, not even a man and a woman…
“I told you I would do it! There’s no need to remind me every six months!”
“If a man speaks and no woman is around to hear him, is he still wrong?”

We pervert God’s perfect plan in so many ways – and then mock the perverted plan as though God didn’t know what he was doing…
Husband as Head perverted to Caveman/Tyrant
Or husband fails to do his job…

Wife fails to do her job and acts like Helpless/Moron
Or wife usurps husband’s role as Head…

From the beginning it was not so! God’s plan was established in his perfect Paradise and is still our best chance at knowing joy in marriage. From the beginning: A lifelong, monogamous union of one man as the Head and one woman as the Helper = God’s perfect plan.
• The husband would give everything, even his life for his wife that he loves.
• The wife would gladly submit to the husband she loves in all things.

Not because they deserve it, but because we have been loved when we did not deserve it.

But the hardness of our hearts causes us to see if the other is worthy – never stopping to ask if WE are worthy… Christ died for us when we were not worthy. When we did not deserve it, God gave Jesus to save us.

Through the cross of Christ, God melts our hardened hearts. We love because He first loved us. Jesus is the perfect Bridegroom who gave His life for us, the Church, His Bride… “Divorce and all manner of adultery contradict and undermine this sign, and in doing so, they confess a false Christ and a false gospel.”

Come unto him like a child who receives love that the child has not earned.

Come to Jesus again and again, living a life of repentance, confessing your own sin and forgiving the sins of others.

Forgive one another as you have been forgiven.

In Jesus, we have our joy restored and are enabled to follow Him.

“What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

The peace of God, which is beyond understanding, will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus unto life everlasting.