2 Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3 “What did Moses command you?” he replied.
4 They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.”
5 “It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,” Jesus replied. 6 “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ 7 ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, 8 and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
God is saying to me: I purposefully spoke existence into being. I lovingly crafted you in My image: you were created by Community, in Community, for community with Me and with one another. I intentionally initiated a way for you of walking in love with Me and one another…it is a way that is symbolic of the way I am committed to you. You are masterful at fabricating a way of life…a way of “love”…that is other than My way. Even so, I will not divorce you.
Here’s what I’m going to do. Today I am going to acknowledge and confess my infidelity to one other. I am going invite a friend to help me identify the fantasy that I have fabricated and am fabricating and chased that are other than the Way of God. Finally, I am going to invite a friend to remind me of God’s costly grace; grace that looks like the Father running to manure-stained me. Grace that proclaims with an embrace: “You, Jer, are worth My Son!”
Jer Swigart, Pastor
Open Door Community – Walnut Creek