Summary: There are six separate episodes in this chapter of the Bible. Each one give important insights, as Jesus begins to head toward Jerusalem.
MARK CHAPTER 10
Three Years In.
Pastor Eric J. Hanson
At this point in the series on the Gospel of Mark, we have reached three years into the public ministry of Jesus. He had already been preparing his disciples for ministry without him there, because Jesus knew that he would soon be going to Jerusalem to be illegally tried and then crucified.
In chapter ten several different behavioral and decision matters are dealt with. Jesus also continued to prepare his disciples for his soon coming departure.
A Look at Divorce: (1-12)
1. Jesus again changed location and began to teach a fresh new crowd.
2. The investigation into Jesus’ legitimacy continued.
3-4. First Jesus appealed to Moses and seemed to be going in a conventional direction.
5. This is an interesting insight into the Law. This one must have grabbed everyone’s attention immediately. The Pharisees had no comeback It silenced them.
6-9. God’s perfect plan is spoken here. A man and a woman, committed to each other and to the Lord, actually complete each other and are indeed one. Each one is part of the other. To tear them apart by divorce, is to tear a living thing apart. When sin and its accompanying baggage of seeking to please self, gain the upper hand in the marriage of two believers, and they divorce, the damage is deep and vast.
10-12. Notice that the disciples were still thinking about this. It is not the sort of thing to be quickly forgotten about. Whichever partner divorces the other, if that partner marries another person, they have, thereby, committed adultery against their original wife or husband.
Timely note for November of 2009: “From the beginning God made them Male and Female.” There is no plan b. One man and one woman get married. No other combination is eligible. We must never be ashamed of this. Our culture will attempt to marginalize all who hold to God’s design in this matter. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t be hateful to those who believe otherwise, but do stand for the truth.
The Little Children: (13-16)
13. The disciples were of the opinion that children were not important enough for the Lord to spend his limited time with them. Only adults need get in line.
14-15. Jesus’ attitude was entirely different than that. He was about ministering to all people, not just “important” people. The Kingdom belongs to those who trust Jesus, who want to see Jesus, who listen to Jesus.
16. Jesus then practiced what he preached. Every church in existence needs to make reaching out to children and ministering to them a real weighted priority. We at Hosanna Church may be doing better than some at this, but we can do much better yet if the whole church family rises up together, and each part does its part.
The Rich Young Ruler & Related Matters : (17-31)
17. Here is the most important question that anyone can ever ask.
18. Jesus didn’t say “Don’t call me good.” He asked why this young man called him that. This is interesting.
19-20. This young Jewish man affirmed the Law of God and his devotion to it.
21-22. Jesus cut to the chase. The most important thing anyone comes up against when dealing with the question of gaining the Kingdom of God is this: “What in my life is more important to me than doing God’s will?” The answer for this young man at that stage of his life was “his money”. He had great wealth, but that’s not the problem. Abraham had great wealth too, but never let it hold him back from God at all. The problem here is that this young man’s wealth had him!