Heavenly Father, we continue our journey of faith with Your Son Jesus Christ. We commit this time to You, In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Mark 10: 1-31
VV 1-9, 1 Jesus then left that place and went into the region of Judea and across the Jordan. Again crowds of people came to him, and as was his custom, he taught them. 2 Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, ‘’Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife? ”3 “What did Moses command you?” he replied. 4 They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.”5 “It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,” Jesus replied. 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 flesh. 9 Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
Jesus left Galilee and traveled south to Judea. The multitudes followed Him and He taught them. The Pharisees wanted to trick Jesus by asking Him a controversial question, on whether it was lawful for a man to divorce his wife. Deuteronomy 24:1-4 permits a man to write to his wife a certificate of divorce under certain circumstances. In Genesis, God originally intended marriage to be permanent. Husband and wife were not meant to be separated. A certificate of divorce was given as a concession.
VV 10-12, 10 When they were in the house again, the disciples asked Jesus about this. 11 He answered, “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. 12 And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery.”
Jesus had a high view of marriage. Adultery was the only lawful ground for a divorce. Remarrying after a divorce for any other reason would be tantamount to committing adultery.
VV 13-16, ‘’13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them, and blessed them.’’
When the people brought little children to Jesus for blessing, the disciples rebuked them. Jesus was indignant, saying ” Let the children come to me’’. We must allow our children to come to Jesus as early in life as possible. We are to be partners with Jesus to train our children as disciples. Jesus touched the children, took them into His arms, and blessed them.
VV 17-20, 17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him.“Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good, except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’ 20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”
The rich, young ruler’ ran and kneeled before Jesus calling Him a good teacher. He wanted to earn his way to heaven. Only God is good. By calling Jesus good, he could be implying that Jesus was God. Jesus quoted the last six of the ten commandments concerning the relationship with people, Exodus 20:1-17, The rich, young ruler claimed To have kept all of them. He was a self-righteous man.
VV 21-26, 21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack, ” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad because he had great wealth. 23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”
Jesus looked at him And said, ’’Go, sell everything’’. Jesus did not advocate poverty or philanthropy as a prerequisite for salvation. He had just exposed his self-righteousness. The law was not meant for salvation. The law was meant to revealed sin. The law revealed his other ‘’god’’ called materialism. He had broken Exodus 20:30, “you shall have no other gods before me’’. The rich young ruler went away sad. He was so near to salvation yet did not get it. For a camel to enter into the eye of a needle is simply not possible. The disciples were amazed.
V 27-31, 27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man, this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”28 Then Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!”29 “Truly I tell you,” 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 30 will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and fields—along with persecutions— and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
Apart from God, no man could save himself based on his effort. What is humanly impossible is divinely possible. Peter reminded the Lord that they did everything that the rich young ruler did not do. Jesus affirmed that His followers will be rewarded in this life, with persecution as part of the deal, and in the age to come, eternal life.
Heavenly Father, help us bring our children to You as early in life as possible. Help us to disciple our children in the knowledge of the kingdom. Help us surrender our lives to You and to have no other ‘’gods’’ beside You, in Jesus’ name, Amen.