Mark 10

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.

Commentary.

Chapter 10 writes about Jesus ministry after Jesus finished his third mission in Galilee and before he entered into Jerusalem.

On divorce (1-12) — in response to legalistic question, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce?” Jesus answered with Deuteronomy 24:1-4, one of the Laws in relationship. Divorce certificate in Moses’ Law was to protect women from her husband’s abusive abandonment. Jesus taught about marriage from divine purpose since the Creation of God, and God’s blessing on marriage. (Genesis 2:20-25).

Blessing on children (13-16) — Jesus blessed children and he taught about the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God, the reign of God, life that is living in the power of God, is for the childlike, who are willing to receive it.

The rich young man (17-31) —- A rich young man knew much about the law and he taught that he could get eternal life from his good works or merits. Jesus taught that it was about what God did, not what he did for God or for himself. There are two different interpretations on “the Eye of the Needle.” One is about a gate in Jerusalem, which opened after the main gate was closed at night. A camel could only pass through this smaller gate if it was stooped on its knee after its baggage removed. The other is literal meaning of the eye of the needle. Both interpretation say it is hard to get through.

Jesus’ prediction on his death (32-34) — This prediction was made on his way to Jerusalem, predicting how he would be suffered, killed, and resurrected in three days.

The position of honor (35-45) — James and John requested their places of honor whatever they asked. They had wrong idea or motives for following Jesus.  To their request, Jesus taught servanthood, self-denial, suffering with Jesus so that redemptive work of Jesus could be continued. What Jesus said in v.40 was realized later. James was the first disciple to die for Jesus (Acts 12:2). John was the last disciple who died in exile as an old man, imprisoned on the island of Patmos (Revelation 1:9).

Jesus healed Blind Bartimaeus (46-52) —- Among large crowd, blind man saw by faith what the crowd did not see— Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Messiah. What this story has in common with another healing of a blind man in Mark 8:22-26 is this, the journey of discipleship is the journey from blindness to sight. Jesus healed blind Bartimaeus as he was desiring of sight.

After Reading

  • Ask yourself, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?”
  • Jesus asks you today, “what do you want me to do for you?”  What is your answer to him?
  • Pray God that the God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth.
  • Live it out through the day.

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