Keeping or Breaking

Today, read the text of Mark 10:1-12.  Here it is:

[1] And he left there and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan, and crowds gathered to him again. And again, as was his custom, he taught them. [2] And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked,  “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” [3] He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” [4] They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away.” [5] And Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. [6] But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ [7] ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, [8] and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. [9] What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” [10] And in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. [11] And he said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her, [12] and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” 

Now, as you start your week, consider what are your greatest commitments in this life?  What things rank highest?  Family, Spouse, Child, Parent, Job, Hobby, etc.?  Why do these rank as they do?  With those commitments, how serious do you take keeping your word in them?  

Compare your greatest commitment to the commitments that are viewed as most important in today’s culture.  Are they similar?  What about the keeping or breaking of your word within them…do you look at things very similarly to those around you or different?  Why?  

Each one of us has likely made and stayed committed to something in our life.  We have been a Covenant-maker.  Each one of us has likely made and then broken big commitments in our life.  We have been a Covenant-breaker. This week, as we look at one of the greatest commitments and covenants in Scripture, get ready to evaluate your own commitments and covenants and the way you treat them.