Even in the first century divorce was legal. All that was required was a husband’s letter of the wife’s dismissal. Today’s legalities are much more substantial. It may be legal, but in the eyes of God, divorce is yet further evidence of our need for a savior. Surprisingly, this passage of scripture is not about divorce. The Pharisees’ only reason for bringing it up was another attempt to trap Jesus with his own words yet, once again, their attempts failed. It is here where the text takes an unexpected turn.
As the disciples were seeking explanation concerning divorce, people began bringing children to Jesus so that he might touch them. Throughout Mark’s gospel, being touched by Jesus means being healed. In the confrontation with the Pharisees centered on divorce, we see humanity’s brokenness and need for restoration. The children in the next few verses represent the weak and vulnerable; they serve as representatives for all who seek God’s healing, reconciliation and forgiveness.
Like the children, we long to be touched by Christ. We come to Jesus to be healed. Jesus says, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them.” Bring those who face the hardship of sin, sickness, divorce and brokenness. In their brokenness, Jesus will bless them and give them life.
Prayer: By your touch, Lord Christ, heal me and make me whole. Amen.
Photo: The children in Boma, Congo DRC – July 2017