Some Pharisees approached Him to test Him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”
But Jesus told them, “He wrote this command for you because of the hardness of your hearts.
Do the deceptive motives of the Pharisees have any impact upon the truth shared by Jesus in this instance? I don’t believe so; however, their motives do serve as a contrast to what is truly at the heart of marriage: honest, heart level commitment. These questioners reveal the lack of such in themselves by their trivializing of marriage in an attempt to trap Jesus. He knows their hearts and that is where the problem with most failed marriages resides.
The conniving, deceptive heart will not participate in a covenant of love that by its very nature requires honesty, transparency, vulnerability and commitment in order to work.
Marriage between one man and one woman is God’s idea. We best respect and live this truth.