Bible study ‘Gospel of Mark’ – Chapter 10
Dear brothers and sisters,
Thanks you for reading this Bible study on the Gospel of Mark. I pray that we are led by the Holy Spirit while reading this chapter and also reading this study. I ask God to show us the lessons He wants us to learn and help us apply these lessons in our lives.
In this chapter the following subject are told:
- The little children and Jesus
- The rich young man
- Jesus again predicts His death.
- The request of James and John
- Blind Bartimeus receives his sight
Again the Pharisees were testing Jesus and now on the subject of divorce. Before going further on that subject, please not how wicked these Pharisees were by continiously looking to trap Jesus to bring Him down. As Christians we should be aware of not being like that because it is a worldly behavior of trying and bringing damage to someone else(s) reputation.
When it comes to the matter of divorce Jesus is very clear:
6 “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ 7 ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, 8 and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one. 9 Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”
So God sees marriage as a covenant between a man and his wife together with God! This is a convenant forever and not just for a brief time. Nowadays the Christian values on marriage are being continiously attacked and divorcing isn’t seen as something big anymore (let alone that it is considered a sin). So Jesus makes very clear that we cannot just end a marriage. The fact that in the Old Testament in the Law of Moses it was arranged that a woman can get permission from her husband to divorce was a law created because we are weak. Also God makes clear that if you marry someone else after a divorce God sees it as a sin (adultery).
The little children and Jesus
The disciples tried to stop the children from coming close to Jesus, but Jesus rebuked them and let the Children come close to put His hands on them to bless them. Jesus also let us know that we need to have the same kind of faith little children have to receive the Kingdom of God. This means that we fully need to trust on God and have faith without any doubt that what God has promised and that He exists is true. That is beautiful when you are a child you still have that natural ability to believe without questioning it or doubting it. Be like a child when it comes to your faith – no doubt, God is real!.
The rich young man
This story is always much debated and also misunderstood. Some people see this story as a rejection of Christians being allowed to be rich (with money). First of all it is beatiful to see that God corrected the young man by letting him know that only God is good! The young man asked God if he could follow Jesus. Jesus already saw that although He did keep a lot of Christian values, he still was lacking one thing. God wasn’t against him being rich, but he was mentionig the fact that the young man wasn’t able to give all his riches away to follow God. This means that the young man put the riches higher then following God (so his wealth was his real God). God wants us to life in abundance, also financially. But He will not allow that we put anythig higher then Him! Always ask God to make sure that nothing in this life is higher then God, not even our loved ones.
Jesus again predicts His death
Again Jesus takes His disciples apart (this also suggest that He was followed by more people then his 12 disciples alone. He took them apart and informed that they were going to Jerusalem where the chief priests and the teacher of the law would betray Him and would get Him killed, for Him to rise 3 days later. Jesus told them this on purpose, because this way the disciples could testify to everyone that this betrayal and dying at the cross needed to happen and that Jesus was not only aware of it, but that He willfully under went everything. God has already fully planned our lives and if we follow Him He will make sure that His plan with our life will come to pass. With this Jesus again confirmed His exact mission here on earth: not to become a worldly leader, but to die for our sins so that we can come to God through Him and enter heaven based on His mercy.
The request of James and John
James and John came to Jesus to ask Him to give them the seats in heaven directly next to Him. God made very clear that this was not up to Him, but also that the ways of the world don’t apply in heaven. In the world we can have a chance to make us self higher then others, but Jesus makes it very clear to us that we need to be very humble. God doesn’t like it if we consider ourselves higher of better then others. God wants us to be servants to others if we want to become great (Jesus is referring to go to heaven). Even Jesus himself came to serve and not to be served. We need to be humble and not be so hung up on worldly titles and admiration of others. Makes sure that you are good in Gods eyes!
Blind Bartimeus receives his sight
This is a beautiful example how our faith in God will heal us. This blind man knew without a doubt that Jesus would cure him of his blindness and asked Jesus to see, because he had full faith and trust in Jesus! But also see how the world will continuously discourage us to follow Jesus or to trust on Him. They were trying to stop him to come to Jesus. I ask God that He continiously makes us strong to follow Him no matter how much the world tries to prevent it.
God bless you all and I pray that this Bible study will build you up. Feel free to sent prayer request or if you have questions about the Bible or this Bible study.