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Day 5: “The Exceptions”

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Matthew 19:7-15 [TNIV]

7”Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away/”

8Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard.  But it was not this way from the beginning. 9I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”

10 The disciples said to him, “if this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry.”

11 Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. 12 For some are eunuchs because they were born that way; others have been made eunuchs; and others have renounced marriage because of the kingdom of heaven.  The one who can accept this should accept it.”

13Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them.  But the disciples rebuked them.

14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 15 When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.”

There are always consequences to the exceptions our hard-hearts keep, and in the case of Matthew 19 we can read between the lines of a couple: the spouses that were “sent away” because they could not please their spouse (19:7-9), those not married (19:10-12), and the children (19:13-15).  God’s compassion has always been strong for the people pushed aside because of our exceptions to commitments with others.  As believers whose lives center on Christ and His kingdom, we now live to see those excluded by humanity’s exception brought into the faithfulness and covenant of God.

Responding to the Transmitted Message:

Not everyone can accept Jesus’ teachings, but only those to whom it has been given.  Once again, ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand more of what it means to live as God’s people.  How the world operates, and our old responses does not work in this reality of God’s kingdom.  Ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom and revelation to know Christ more; and for our hearts to experience and to share in His compassion with those around us.

Day 4: “Faithfulness”

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Day 3: “Thankfulness”

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Day 2: “Beauty”

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Living for the Exception

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Day 1: “No Exceptions”

Monday, November 30th, 2009