Mark Chapter 10
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21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's,
32 And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto him,
33 Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles:
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Matthew Henry's Mark Chapter 10 Bible commentary...
The Pharisees' question concerning divorce. (1-12) Christ's love to little children. (13-16) Christ's discourse with the rich young man. (17-22) The hinderance of riches. (23-31) Christ foretells his sufferings. (32-45) Bartimeus healed. (46-52)1-12 Wherever Jesus was, the people flocked after him in crowds, and he taught them. Preaching was Christ's constant practice. He here shows that the reason why Moses' law allowed divorce, was such that they ought not to use the permission; it was only for the hardness of their hearts. God himself joined man and wife together; he has fitted them to be comforts and helps for each other. The bond which God has tied, is not to be lightly untied. Let those who are for putting away their wives consider what would become of themselves, if God should deal with them in like manner.
13-16 Some parents or nurses brought little children to Christ, that he should touch them, in token of his blessing them. It does not appear that they needed bodily cures, nor were they capable of being taught: but those who had the care of them believed that Christ's blessing would do their souls good; therefore they brought them to him. Jesus ordered that they should be brought to him, and that nothing should be said or done to hinder it. Children should be directed to the Saviour as soon as they are able to understand his words. Also, we must receive the kingdom of God as little children; we must stand affected to Christ and his grace, as little children to their parents, nurses, and teachers.
17-22 This young ruler showed great earnestness. He asked what he should do now, that he might be happy for ever. Most ask for good to be had in this world; any good, #Ps 4:6|; he asks for good to be done in this world, in order to enjoy the greatest good in the other world. Christ encouraged this address by assisting his faith, and by directing his practice. But here is a sorrowful parting between Jesus and this young man. He asks Christ what he shall do more than he has done, to obtain eternal life; and Christ puts it to him, whether he has indeed that firm belief of, and that high value for eternal life which he seems to have. Is he willing to bear a present cross, in expectation of future crown? The young man was sorry he could not be a follower of Christ upon easier terms; that he could not lay hold on eternal life, and keep hold of his worldly possessions too. He went away grieved. See #Mt 6:24|, Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
23-31 Christ took this occasion to speak to his disciples about the difficulty of the salvation of those who have abundance of this world. Those who thus eagerly seek the wealth of the world, will never rightly prize Christ and his grace. Also, as to the greatness of the salvation of those who have but little of this world, and leave it for Christ. The greatest trial of a good man's constancy is, when love to Jesus calls him to give up love to friends and relatives. Even when gainers by Christ, let them still expect to suffer for him, till they reach heaven. Let us learn contentment in a low state, and to watch against the love of riches in a high one. Let us pray to be enabled to part with all, if required, in Christ's service, and to use all we are allowed to keep in his service.
32-45 Christ's going on with his undertaking for the salvation of mankind, was, is, and will be, the wonder of all his disciples. Worldly honour is a glittering thing, with which the eyes of Christ's own disciples have many times been dazzled. Our care must be, that we may have wisdom and grace to know how to suffer with him; and we may trust him to provide what the degrees of our glory shall be. Christ shows them that dominion was generally abused in the world. If Jesus would gratify all our desires, it would soon appear that we desire fame or authority, and are unwilling to taste of his cup, or to have his baptism; and should often be ruined by having our prayers answered. But he loves us, and will only give his people what is good for them.
46-52 Bartimeus had heard of Jesus and his miracles, and learning that he was passing by, hoped to recover his eyesight. In coming to Christ for help and healing, we should look to him as the promised Messiah. The gracious calls Christ gives us to come to him, encourage our hope, that if we come to him we shall have what we come for. Those who would come to Jesus, must cast away the garment of their own sufficiency, must free themselves from every weight, and the sin that, like long garments, most easily besets them, #Heb 12:1|. He begged that his eyes might be opened. It is very desirable to be able to earn our bread; and where God has given men limbs and senses, it is a shame, by foolishness and slothfulness, to make themselves, in effect, blind and lame. His eyes were opened. Thy faith has made thee whole: faith in Christ as the Son of David, and in his pity and power; not thy repeated words, but thy faith; Christ setting thy faith to work. Let sinners be exhorted to imitate blind Bartimeus. Where the gospel is preached, or the written words of truth circulated, Jesus is passing by, and this is the opportunity. It is not enough to come to Christ for spiritual healing, but, when we are healed, we must continue to follow him; that we may honour him, and receive instruction from him. Those who have spiritual eyesight, see that beauty in Christ which will draw them to run after him.
Comments for Mark Chapter 10...
Don Farmer, Jr.'s Mark Chapter 10 comment about verse 18 on 4/17/2013, 6:13am...
The rich young ruler called Jesus good. Jesus responds: There is none good but God. The point is: Since there is none good but God, if Jesus is good, then He must be God. There is no denying that Jesus is good. He does not just do good things, He is good. He is inherently good because of His deity. Because of this, had the rich young ruler fully believed who He was and trusted Him, he would have been willing to do anything Jesus asked him to do.
Steve's Mark Chapter 10 comment about verse 21 on 3/06/2013, 1:18pm...
He loved him. He demonstrated that love for him by telling him what he must do in order to worship and become a disciple. The rich young ruler could have had vast satisfaction and blessing in obedience, but rather chose to be rich, how sad. He could have had great comfort in knowing he had forsaken all for The Master. Instead he doubtless lived a life of misery, never being satisfied with the wealth he loved more than his Savior.
Do we repeat this same mistake? Surely this man was a child of God for Jesus 'loved him'. Nevertheless, his selfishness hindered his joy in this time world.
Afam's Mark Chapter 10 comment about verse 18 on 2/06/2013, 10:04am...
You guys are entirely missing the point. Jesus is God. Him and the father are one. He is the express image of the father. The perfect imprint. The very icon of the father. Jesus in addressing the man, told him no one is good but God. Why? Look at the previous verse 17. This very man called him good teacher only because he witnessed his acts and not because he was convinced he was son of God. Jesus was trying to tell the man that one is good not because of only his outward act but also that he possesses the nature of God. There is a difference between right living and righteousness. You can only live right if you have the righteousness of God. The righteousness of God is the expression of the nature and will of God. Christ gave full expression to that. After all, it’s God that judges what is right and wrong. You have to know the will of God to know that. You can't just see a man and say he is good if you don't have the correct standard to judge by which is the will and nature of God. When you receive Christ, this is given to you as a gift. Only then can you rightly judge. Please study your bible very well. Spiritual things are foolishness to the natural man, 1 Corinth 2:14.
Jay's Mark Chapter 10 comment on 12/18/2012, 11:10am...
@Laoshang and Grant,
In verse 18:
1. Jesus is the son of God and he is God manifest in the flesh, read John;
2. God calls men throughout biblical history:
a. Man of God;
c. One after my own heart; etc..
I do not recall God calling any man good. You need to look through the eyes God. We are all sinners in need of redemption and only Jesus deserves to be called good because he is the sinless lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world.
Jay's Mark Chapter 10 comment on 12/18/2012, 10:59am...
On verse 11:
1. This statement is true under the law which at this time in history they were still under until the cross. Under grace in the church age the qualifications for divorce without spiritual consequences changes a little.
2. All things before salvation are forgiven by God and remembered no more;
3. Desertion in I Corinthians 7:10-15 is not held against the one who has been deserted.
Jay's Mark Chapter 10 comment on 12/18/2012, 10:43am...
On Verse 15, the kingdom of God is a spiritual kingdom (Romans 14:17) not physical as is the kingdom of heaven. The holy spirit is simply informing us that any person wanting to enter the kingdom of God must enter with the faith of little children that have believing minds and receptive hearts (souls). Remember both kingdoms; of God and of heaven are in Jesus Christ.
Tony's Mark Chapter 10 comment about verse 15 on 10/12/2012, 4:35am...
I interpret this as meaning that we should accept the Kingdom of God in good faith and trust, and not subject it to scrutiny and endless debate.
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