1. Exposition

Why was the law of Moses concerning divorce given?

Mark 10:5 (ESV)

5 And Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment.

The primary reason for this law was to stop people from doing additional harm to one another in circumstances where a marriage has broken down. As a result of the hard and sinful hearts of human beings, this command was given. Hardness of heart refers to human stubbornness (Deuteronomy 10:16; Jeremiah 4:4) and sin as the cause of divorce.1