The Gospel of Mark, Chapter 10

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Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

Welcome back to ‘The Gospel of Mark’!

‘The gospel of mark’ tag down below is the perfect place to start if you haven’t been following my Biblical blog post series for this year. Essentially this blog post series has been summaries on each of the 16 chapters featured in Mark’s Gospel that focus on the life story of Jesus, the son of God.

Previously in Chapter 9 of Mark’s Gospel, there was the transfiguration of Jesus before his disciples, Peter, James and John. There was then Jesus healing a boy with an evil spirit inside him; Jesus predicts his death a second time to his disciples; talking about whoever’s not against us and causing people to sin.

Let’s find out what happens to Jesus in Chapter 10 of Mark’s Gospel. Enjoy!

The Gospel of Mark, Chapter 10

Chapter 10 begins with the subject of divorce. Jesus and his disciples went into the region of Judea across the Jordan. Crowds of people came to him and Jesus began teaching to them. Some Pharisees came to Jesus and asked him is if it was lawful for a man to divorce his wife. Jesus asked them what Moses said.

The Pharisees replied that Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send his wife away. Jesus reminds the Pharisees that it was because people’s hearts hardened that Moses wrote this law. Jesus tells about what God did with men and women at the beginning and what marriage is.

Jesus’ disciples later asked him about his teachings regarding marriage and divorce. Jesus tells his disciples that anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. Also, if a woman divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery as well.

Later, people brought little children to Jesus. The disciples rebuked the people and told them to take the children away. But Jesus saw this and said for his disciples to let the children come to him. He tells them the kingdom of God belongs to children. Anyone who isn’t like a child won’t enter heaven.

Jesus later meets a man who ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. The man called Jesus ‘Good teacher’ and asked what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus tells the man that no one is good except God alone. Jesus reminds the man of the Ten Commandments given by Moses long ago.

The man tells Jesus that he has obeyed the Ten Commandments since he was a little boy. Jesus then told the man that he lacks one thing and that is to go and sell everything he has to the poor. Once he does that, he can follow Jesus. The man’s face fell as he went away sad because he had great wealth.

Jesus then looked to his disciples and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!” The disciples were amazed at his words, before Jesus asked the children, “How hard it is to enter the kingdom of God.” The disciples asked who can be saved. Jesus said ‘all things are possible with God’.

Peter then spoke up and said he and the disciples have left everything to follow him. Jesus truthfully tells his disciples that those who have left home; brothers; sisters; mother; father and fields for him and the gospel will receive a hundred times of the same things in present time as well as eternal life.

Jesus then predicts his death for a third time to his disciples when they went up on their way to Jerusalem. Jesus led the way before taking his disciples aside and telling them of his future death. It is intriguing that Jesus told his disciples of his death three times before he will rise three days later.

The two sons of Zebedee, James and John, then make a request to Jesus. They ask Jesus to let one of them sit at his right and the other to sit at his left in his glory. Jesus tells James and John that they don’t know what they’re asking, saying they’ll be baptised with a ‘baptism’ he is to be baptised with.

The other ten disciples heard about this request made by James and John and became angry with them. Jesus called his disciples together and told them what it is means to be a great person by becoming a servant first. He tells them that the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.

Jesus and his disciples then came to Jericho. A large crowd gathered around them before a blind man named Bartimaeus came out and shouted Jesus’ name. He had been sitting by the roadside begging. He begged Jesus to have mercy on him. Many rebuked Bartimaeus and told him to be quiet.

But Bartimaeus shouted more and Jesus stopped and called him over. Bartimaeus came to Jesus; called him ‘Rabbi’ and asked him to make him see. Jesus told Bartimaeus that his faith has healed him and that he can ‘go’. Instantly, Bartimaeus received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

That’s it for Chapter 10 of Mark’s Gospel. Stay tuned next week for Chapter 11.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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