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Mark 10

September 1, 2007

Here’s how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people’s insights.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

30 thoughts on “Mark 10”

  1. Why were the disciples “astonished” v.32?

    Do you think it was because of the “rich” v.23-24 thing?

  2. Why were the disciples “astonished” v.32?

    Do you think it was because of the “rich” v.23-24 thing?

  3. Wow there was so much more to be explored in Mark 9 but in some ways I think we are like the apostles and have become hardened to the miracle working healing hand of God. It seems that way anyway … Lord soften my heart and bring me close to you … so I may always hear you when you speak.

    Back for Mark 9 in a bit … 🙂

    Cappuccinos anyone?

  4. Wow there was so much more to be explored in Mark 9 but in some ways I think we are like the apostles and have become hardened to the miracle working healing hand of God. It seems that way anyway … Lord soften my heart and bring me close to you … so I may always hear you when you speak.

    Back for Mark 9 in a bit … 🙂

    Cappuccinos anyone?

  5. Please make mine iced?

    So is frappuccino just a starbucks thing, or is an iced cap called a frap for real?

  6. Please make mine iced?

    So is frappuccino just a starbucks thing, or is an iced cap called a frap for real?

  7. It’s a shame I don’t like coffee. Always sounds so much more interesting than tea. I don’t even like favoured tea. I’m very boring I know 🙂

  8. It’s a shame I don’t like coffee. Always sounds so much more interesting than tea. I don’t even like favoured tea. I’m very boring I know 🙂

  9. Maybe they were astonished at this?

    “I tell you the truth,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

    I find this pretty astonishing …

    I wouldn’t say you were boring Susan … how do you drink your tea?

    Frap … what exactly is that … I’m not a Starbucks frequenter.

  10. Maybe they were astonished at this?

    “I tell you the truth,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

    I find this pretty astonishing …

    I wouldn’t say you were boring Susan … how do you drink your tea?

    Frap … what exactly is that … I’m not a Starbucks frequenter.

  11. Frap is the short for Frappuccino. An iced cappaccino. I figured if I asked someone from out of the country, if they had no idea of what a Frappuccino was, it was a marketing invention. Got my answer. Thanks.

    This is a great chapter. With many things in it that confuse a lot of people. Such as the story with the riches that Jesus tells to sell everything and give it to the poor. Basically, he ask the young man to give up his life, and devote himself to God, not his possesions. He left sad, knowing he could never do this. Jon has a post about this right now. But many believe that we should take it literaly as that we should always be helping the poor. But I don’t think that was what that exchange was about at all.

  12. Frap is the short for Frappuccino. An iced cappaccino. I figured if I asked someone from out of the country, if they had no idea of what a Frappuccino was, it was a marketing invention. Got my answer. Thanks.

    This is a great chapter. With many things in it that confuse a lot of people. Such as the story with the riches that Jesus tells to sell everything and give it to the poor. Basically, he ask the young man to give up his life, and devote himself to God, not his possesions. He left sad, knowing he could never do this. Jon has a post about this right now. But many believe that we should take it literaly as that we should always be helping the poor. But I don’t think that was what that exchange was about at all.

  13. Yes Wendy v. 29-31 is rather astonishing. Actually there are lots of things that astonished the disciples in this chapter. Jesus’ teaching on divorce, Jesus’ attitude to children as well as his teaching about money and possessions. All of which are opposed to what the world would tell us.

    I agree Nate I think Jesus was asking the man to devote himself to God instead of his possessions.

    I’m reminded of a man I heard speak years ago who had a ministry to Jews. It was a fruitful ministry. He drove an expensive car and wore an expensive suit because the Jews wouldn’t listen to him if they didn’t think he was successful. Since they connected success with God’s blessing. This thinking also seems to be common in Jesus’ time and perhaps why the disciples were amazed v.26.

    Wendy if I was in Australia and went into Starbucks I would ask for a “white tea” which is tea with a little milk. When I was in the US last year and asked for a “white tea” they looked at me like I was from another planet!

  14. Yes Wendy v. 29-31 is rather astonishing. Actually there are lots of things that astonished the disciples in this chapter. Jesus’ teaching on divorce, Jesus’ attitude to children as well as his teaching about money and possessions. All of which are opposed to what the world would tell us.

    I agree Nate I think Jesus was asking the man to devote himself to God instead of his possessions.

    I’m reminded of a man I heard speak years ago who had a ministry to Jews. It was a fruitful ministry. He drove an expensive car and wore an expensive suit because the Jews wouldn’t listen to him if they didn’t think he was successful. Since they connected success with God’s blessing. This thinking also seems to be common in Jesus’ time and perhaps why the disciples were amazed v.26.

    Wendy if I was in Australia and went into Starbucks I would ask for a “white tea” which is tea with a little milk. When I was in the US last year and asked for a “white tea” they looked at me like I was from another planet!

  15. LOL and if you go in to the States and ask for vinegar for your French Fries they look at you that way too.

    White tea request in Canada would raise some eyebrows as well.

    Forget the marketing thing Nate … we have Starbucks here and iced caps at various places … I just don’t frequent Starbucks so was not familiar with “frap”… 🙂

    Be back later … going out for a banana split … mmmmmmm

  16. LOL and if you go in to the States and ask for vinegar for your French Fries they look at you that way too.

    White tea request in Canada would raise some eyebrows as well.

    Forget the marketing thing Nate … we have Starbucks here and iced caps at various places … I just don’t frequent Starbucks so was not familiar with “frap”… 🙂

    Be back later … going out for a banana split … mmmmmmm

  17. v.51 “What do you want me to do for you?”

    It’s a challenging question. It is more comfortable NOT to have God do things for you.

  18. v.51 “What do you want me to do for you?”

    It’s a challenging question. It is more comfortable NOT to have God do things for you.

  19. I was thinking of the man by the pool, Wendy. When Jesus asked if he wanted to get well, he made excuses (John 5:7). Sometimes we get very comfortable with our problems. We learn to live with the limitations. If Jesus heals us (physcially or emotionally or however) it can change our life dramatically. We don’t always want that change.

  20. I was thinking of the man by the pool, Wendy. When Jesus asked if he wanted to get well, he made excuses (John 5:7). Sometimes we get very comfortable with our problems. We learn to live with the limitations. If Jesus heals us (physcially or emotionally or however) it can change our life dramatically. We don’t always want that change.

  21. I guess that could be one way to look at it … but I dare say that there is not a person in the world who would want to be lame for 38 years … or even for a day. It is interesting that Jesus caught up with him later and told him not to sin anymore lest a worse thing happened to him … Whoa … he’d be afraid to move after that wouldn’t he? Don’t sin anymore ?? He might have thought … I think I’ll just lie back down here by the pool again … lol

  22. I guess that could be one way to look at it … but I dare say that there is not a person in the world who would want to be lame for 38 years … or even for a day. It is interesting that Jesus caught up with him later and told him not to sin anymore lest a worse thing happened to him … Whoa … he’d be afraid to move after that wouldn’t he? Don’t sin anymore ?? He might have thought … I think I’ll just lie back down here by the pool again … lol

  23. v.2 Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”

    No, it is not lawful if you want to live under OT law. However the law leads us to Christ where we live under grace (Galatians 3:24).

    Possibly the reason the Pharisees asked this was because they hoped to get Jesus into the same trouble as John the Baptist. Maybe Herod would behead Jesus too.

  24. v.2 Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”

    No, it is not lawful if you want to live under OT law. However the law leads us to Christ where we live under grace (Galatians 3:24).

    Possibly the reason the Pharisees asked this was because they hoped to get Jesus into the same trouble as John the Baptist. Maybe Herod would behead Jesus too.

  25. v.23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”

    The disciples were amazed because they thought riches indicated God's blessing and their history with Abraham, Solomon and Job did give them some reason to think so.

  26. v.23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”

    The disciples were amazed because they thought riches indicated God's blessing and their history with Abraham, Solomon and Job did give them some reason to think so.

  27. v.20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”

    This man probably figured his wealth indicated God's blessing. He had kept up an outward conformity to the commandmnets and God had blessed him, so what else did he need to do?

    Trust God.

    But that would mean not trusting in his good works or in his wealth. Something he was not prepared to do.

  28. v.20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”

    This man probably figured his wealth indicated God's blessing. He had kept up an outward conformity to the commandmnets and God had blessed him, so what else did he need to do?

    Trust God.

    But that would mean not trusting in his good works or in his wealth. Something he was not prepared to do.

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