12/1/22: I just found out that most of the commentaries on the Bible Study Tools website are no longer free. That's where most of the quotes that appear on the "Verse of the Day" and "Previous Verses" pages of my website are taken from, so from now on, many of the "Source:" links that I provide on those pages will not contain the quoted text.
I was disgusted to read about the organization's new "PLUS" membership, and the only thing I can say about it is that the Bible has this warning in 1 Timothy 6:10 for the owner of Bible Study Tools: "For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."
8/8/21: Something is wrong with my Christian forum. Everything seems to be working normally (i.e., the articles are there, and the links work), but for some reason, the forum's format has changed slightly, and I am currently unable to post anything new.
I'm really sorry for the inconvenience. Hopefully, the problem is only temporay and will be fixed soon.
"Verse of the Day"
"Verse of the Day"
Marriage and Divorce
Mark 10:2: "And the Pharisees [Jewish religious leaders--see note below*] came to him [Jesus], and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away [divorce] his wife ['for every cause' (as is written in Matthew 19:3)]? tempting him [Jesus][to say the wrong thing (or trying to 'trip him up' in his answer)]."
Mark 10:3-4: "And he [Jesus] answered and said unto them [the Pharisees], What did Moses command you? And they said, Moses suffered [allowed][a Jewish man] to write a bill of divorcement [divorce], and to put [send] her [his wife] away."
Mark 10:5-6: "And Jesus answered and said unto them [the Pharisees], For [due to] the hardness of your heart he [Moses] wrote you this precept [rule of behavior, permitting divorce]. But from the beginning of the creation[,]God made them[Adam and Eve, the first people on earth]male and female."
Mark 10:7-8: "For this cause[for this reason, meaning marriage,]shall a man leave his father and mother[and no longer live with them], and[shall]cleave to[join together and live with]his wife; And they twain[two, or both]shall be one flesh[or be closely united with one another--legally, physically, and with mutual (shared) interests, love, etc.]: so then they are no more twain [two separate souls], but one flesh."
Mark 10:9: "What[who]therefore God hath[has]joined together[in marriage], let not man put asunder[tear apart, divide, separate]."
Due to the hard hearts of the Jewish people, Moses temporarily allowed divorce. However, God's original intention and desire was that all marriages would last forever.
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Note: You may be familiar with Mark 10:9, as it is sometimes quoted by people who officiate (conduct) wedding ceremonies.
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*Pharisees were members of a religious sect (group) who considered themselves to be more righteous (virtuous, honorable, morally right) than other Jews. They believed in strict observance of religious ceremonies and practices and in adherence (obedience) to oral (spoken) laws and traditions. They also believed in an afterlife (life after death, as in heaven and hell) and the coming of a Messiah (savior).