The Greatness of Mark 10

Mark 10, like all of God’s Word, is true greatness.  You must read it for yourself!

  • Verses 1-12: People (probably especially men) want to be able to divorce if they feel their spouse is inferior.  Jesus disagrees.  The worthiness of the spouse is equal to the other, as they become “one flesh” (verse 8).
  • Verses 13-16: The disciples think children, inferior, are a waste of Jesus’ time.  Jesus is “indignant” (verse 14).
  • Verses 17-22: A wealthy, prominent young man hopes he is sufficient for eternal life, but finds out he is inferior because he can’t give up what he loves most.
  • Verses 23-27: The disciples can hardly believe that the wealthy would have a hard time making it into Heaven–probably because they are so powerful and important.  Jesus teaches that everyone is inferior to receive salvation on their own.  Only God is sufficient to save.
  • Verses 28-31: Peter wants to make sure Jesus sees the disciples as superior to others, since they’ve given up all they had to follow Jesus (Peter imagines).  Jesus foretells that many inferior will become important, and many important will become inferior.
  • Verses 32-34: Jesus foretells that He will die in humiliation.  He will seem inferior by His humiliating death.  The disciples clearly don’t get what He means.
  • Verses 35-40: Showing how much they don’t get it, James and John focus not on the astonishing news of the nearing humiliation of their Messiah . . but on the glory they’re hoping for in Heaven.  Jesus is thinking about the cross He is about to bear, and they are thinking about what honored place they would like to be reserved for them in Heaven.  They don’t want an inferior position after all their ‘hard work’ following Jesus (who will soon die for them).
  • Verse 41: The other disciples find out about James’ and John’s idea and feel they’ve been positioned to be inferior.  They are “indignant” (v. 41)–not indignant like Jesus was because others (little children) were slighted, but because they themselves feel slighted.
  • Verses 42-45: Jesus gives a paradigm flip: in God’s Kingdom, those who want to be great must place themselves as inferior to others.
  • Verses 46-48: A blind man wants to see; the crowd thinks he’s an inferior use of Jesus’ time and they try to get him to stop crying out.
  • Verses 49-51: Jesus invites the inferior-in the-eyes-of-the-crowd blind man (Bartimaeus) to come to Him.  He asks Bartimaeus what he wants.  The blind man doesn’t ask for superiority, but for sight.  Jesus heals his eyes.
  • Verse 52: Bartimaeus, not worried about his inferiority in the eyes of the crowd (for having been blind and a beggar) or his superiority in the eyes of the crowd (for having been healed), follows Jesus.
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