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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Mark Chapter 10

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: John Mark
Date Penned: (55-65 AD)
Overview: Mark Records the 1st Gospel Written (c 1-16)
Theme:  The Message and Ministry of Jesus, The Servant (c 1-13)
Message: Jesus Teaches, Preaches, Prophecies, and Performs Miracles  (v 1-38)

Mark 10 Commentary

(10:1-12) Jesus Teaches About Marriage and Divorce - This chapter notes the geographic shift in Jesus’ ministry from Galilee to Judea. The occasional travels to Jerusalem became a single-minded movement toward the Cross. The religious leaders did not let up in their attempts to trap Jesus. This time they came with a question regarding divorce. The leaders defined this theological issue in all-male terms. Mark alone added the note that Jesus applied God’s rules both to men and women. Jesus held men to a standard of conduct; he gave women dignity. He saw women not as property for keeping or disposal, but as full partners.

(10:13-16) Jesus Blesses the Children - There is a natural progression from Jesus’ teaching on the permanence of marriage to his insistence on bringing children to him for blessing. Jesus declared the value of children and his love for them by his actions. And he used their receptivity as a guideline for the kind of response required of anyone who would want to enter the Kingdom of God. Jesus’ words forcefully confront parents and all those in contact with children: Are we helping or hindering children from coming to Christ? Are we, ourselves, receiving the Kingdom of God with childlike trust?

(10:17-31) Jesus Speaks to the Rich Young Man - Jesus stopped in an unnamed town for several days. He was questioned about divorce and made a point to bless little children. But it was time to move on because he had an appointment with the cross. Jesus was on his way out of town when a young person flagged him down with a question. Apparently, this young man was trying his best but knew it wasn’t enough. He lacked something and wanted Jesus to tell him what he had missed. This episode with the rich young man contrasts sharply with the previous episode of Jesus’ blessing of the children. The children are an example of faith and trust; they do nothing to gain eternal life, but they receive it because of their simple faith. The rich young man thought he could gain eternal life by what he did, only to find that he could not have it.

(10:32-34) Jesus Predicts His Death the Third Time - As if to underscore his destination, Jesus once again spoke to the disciples about his impending death. He included the Resurrection in his prediction. This prediction was the most graphic, which made it memorable when it was finally understood weeks later after the Resurrection.

(10:35-45) Jesus teaches About Serving Others - Jesus devoted much of his final time on earth to two objectives: to prepare the disciples for his own death and resurrection, and to prepare the disciples for life together without his physical presence. James and John’s special request provides another view of the disciples’ overall state of mind. They didn’t understand what Jesus was saying; instead, they were convinced that great events were about to occur. They were jostling for position. Greatness, as defined and illustrated by Jesus’ words and life, finds its clearest expression in service.

(10:46-52) Jesus Heals a Blind Beggar - The healing of Bartimaeus was the final event before the Passion Week. Chapter 9 focused on wrong perceptions of Jesus by the disciples and the crowds. Jesus responded, not to Bartimaeus’s understanding of Jesus’ lordship, but to the boldness of his faith. Bartimaeus believed, not because of the clarity of his sight, but as a response to what he heard. Blind Bartimaeus asked for mercy and received his sight.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Your Faith Can Make You Whole

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Mark with Chapter 10. In our text today we see Jesus Ministering as He teaches on Marriage and Divorce, asks a rich man to forsake all, predicts His upcoming death, serving others. What catches my eye is how Jesus heals blind Bartimaeus as he calls out to Jesus because of his even as others tell him to hold his peace. In making application we see that Bartimaeus had a faith that caused him to cry out to Jesus when He passed by. Today we have Jesus dealing with our sin and when He passes by we have the oppritunity to call unto Him for Salvation and every need of our lives. How about You? Do you see how faith can make you whole? Let us learn from our text today and the testimony of Blind Bartimaeus to see that the Lord heard the cry of Bartimaeus and his faith made him whole.


Mark 10

Mark 10

 1And he arose from thence, and cometh into the coasts of Judaea by the farther side of Jordan: and the people resort unto him again; and, as he was wont, he taught them again.

 2And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him.

 3And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you?

 4And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away.

 5And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.

 6But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.

 7For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;

 8And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.

 9What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

 10And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter.

 11And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.

 12And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.

 13And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.

 14But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

 15Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.

 16And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.

 17And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?

 18And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

 19Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.

 20And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.

 21Then 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.

 22And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.

 23And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!

 24And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!

 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

 26And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved?

 27And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

 28Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.

 29And 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,

 30But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

 31But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.

 32And 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,

 33Saying, 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:

 34And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.

 35And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire.

 36And he said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you?

 37They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory.

 38But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?

 39And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized:

 40But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared.

 41And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with James and John.

 42But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.

 43But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:

 44And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.

 45For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

 46And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.

 47And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.

 48And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.

 49And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.

 50And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.

 51And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.

 52And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.