Journal Entry by Paul Davila

S – Mark 10: 1-9 (NIV)
“Jesus then left that place and went into the region of Judea and across the Jordan. Again crowds of people came to him, and as was his custom, he taught them. 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.”

O – Observation
As usual, the religious scholars wanted to trap Jesus on a matter of the Law and as usual, He was always one enormous step ahead of them. Here the big issue was “divorce” and what Jesus had to say about it. Also, clearly stated, was Jesus’ view of marriage being between a man and a woman. 

The line that stood out to me though was, “it was because your hearts were hard”. 

In other words, Jesus was saying that God the Father never intended it to be this way. Their hardness of heart caused Moses to change the law. 
This got me thinking about our recent law changes with respect to marriage equality and saw a bit of a parallel here. This time it's not Moses changing the law but our govt with the backing of the majority of Aust people. 

Q: Could it be that our hearts have become hardened just as they were in Moses day? YES!!!

A – Application
A hardened heart can cause us to crave for so many things that are often contrary to God’s ways as we know them through His Word. 
A hardened heart makes us want things around us to change to accommodate our poor choices and lifestyles, rather than me changing my ways. 
A hardened heart makes me the victim and personal responsibility goes out the window. 
A hardened heart distorts my views and makes right things seem wrong and wrong things seem right. 

P – Prayer
Thank you Jesus that you weren’t afraid to challenge the thinking and wrong attitudes of the day and your words are still as powerful today as they were then. May I/we choose to keep our hearts soft so that we don’t become hardhearted and fall into error and pay the consequences