Mark10b Notes

Mark10b (vs13-31)                          Notes



13 And they were bringing children to Him that He might   touch them,


many repeated brought for His blessing / not forgiveness,   but training in goodness


and the disciples rebuked them.


censured, forbade the parents from bringing their little   ones. Why? to spare Jesus the trouble of dealing with the young?


14 But when Jesus saw it, He was indignant and said to   them,


felt much pain, greatly afflicted.. the Lord was sore   displeased that parents would be hindered from bringing their children


"Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to   such belongs the kingdom    of God.


Perhaps not promoted, but given leave, allowed. This 'sort'   -- people like these - are under divine rulership.


15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it."


amen, surely, of verity / every entrant to the reign of   God is child-like. How?  humble,   simple, receptive, un-assuming, innocent.


16 And He took them in His arms and blessed them, laying   His hands on them.


He followed thru on parental wishes: embrace and speak   well over (eulogeo)




17 And as He was setting out on His journey,


a determinate trip, perhaps final surge to Jerusalem. always time   for another dialogue


a man ran up and knelt before Him and asked,


deliberate urgency and humility in this man


"Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"


high and unique title. not customary. deep, thoughtful Q   from a troubled heart.


18 And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one   is good except God alone.


calling him on his expression. do you mean what you say?   are you serious about this quest? recognize the virtue of the source


19 You know the commandments: 'Do not murder, Do not   commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud.   Honor you father and mother.'"


Pointed to God's rules for life. 2nd table of   the law. Stating the obvious with deeper purpose. Have you lived by these   rules? Deeper: are you as good as God?


20 And he said to Him, "Teacher, all these I have kept   from my youth."


Is this an honest answer? As far as intention, but not   perfection.


21 And Jesus, looking at him, loved him,


Jesus eyes prevalent in Mark. Here his look is attached   & admiring. "I like this man."


and said to him, "You lack one thing: go, sell all that   you have and give to the poor,


Now to the point. Take your next big step. Divest all   earthly treasure. Donate it to the needy. Do your maximum good.


and you will have treasure in heaven;


Trust God to care for your future. Let home with Him be   all the treasure you want.


and come follow me."


Personal invitation to be disciple of Jesus. How many have   received this privilege?


22 Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for   he had great possessions.


Problem: idolatry; wealth was his god. Not having, but   holding that hurt him. Jesus tested him on his one great weakness.




23And Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, "How   difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!"


Let this lesson sink in. Learn invaluable lesson from this   man. Wealth will keep most people out of heaven!


24 And the disciples were amazed at his words.


Common notion that material 'blessings' are proof of   divine favor.


But Jesus said to them again, "Children, how difficult it   is to enter the kingdom    of God!"


With term of endearment -- as father trains his sons. Gate   to glory IS narrow. Men find it difficult to enter. Why?                   Note1


25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a   needle that for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God."


Parable of the camel is humor in the absurd. Imagine beast   squeezing through tiny hole! Now, feel the pain of stripping heart of   money-love.


26 And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to Him,   "Then who can be saved?"


'Super-abundantly amazed.' "If our best and brightest   won't make heaven, what chance to we have?"


27 Jesus looked at them and said, "With man it is   impossible, but not with God.


Heaven seems 'mission impossible.' OK, for our way of   living, it is.


For all things are possible with God."


Faith stretched to trust the One who can do the   'impossible.'                                  Note2


28 Peter began to say to Him, "See, we have left   everything and followed you."


Typical of Peter, he saw that the 12 had done as Lord   prescribed for the rich man.


29 Jesus said, "Truly, I say to you, there is no one who   has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or   lands, for my sake and for the gospel,


I'm telling you truth: everything lost for following me....


30 Who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time,   houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands,


... is merely exchanged for something better -- even now in   this life. family in Christ more than replaces fleshly family.


with persecutions,


caveat: following Jesus will bring pressure -- from men who   reject truth. Honest truth.


and in the age to come eternal life.


Eternal time! An epoch without measure.


31 But many who are first will be last, and the last   first."


The flip-flop of standards, as men see it. Because our   view is upside down.




Note1: The rich grow independent in thinking. Not like the children, who need others.

Plus, the wealthy man a DO-er. Bent on accomplishment, trained to value success, drunk with heady satisfaction of achievement. Inclined towards a works-based righteousness.


Note2: Examples of good rich men: Abram / Joseph / David / Hezekiah / Josiah / Zacchaeus / Joseph of Arimathea / Joseph-Barnabas.


notes by David Teel Thursday, July 17, 2014