The Rich Man

As discussed, Mark 9 is about inclusivity. It’s about not fighting amongst ourselves but realizing that whoever is not against us is for us. It’s about loving those who are different. The message of Mark 10 appears to be about righteousness. How does one interpret the law to live righteously. One understands marriage under the…

Jesus and Little Children

Sometimes I think the Bible would never be accepted if first published in this day and age. Let’s see why in Mark 10:13-16. The reason I think this, is because our culture has a tendency to turn anything into a taboo and if this book said, “People were bringing little children to (Jesus) for him…

Divorce

I’ve been looking forward to this chapter for a while because this seems to be the chapter from which arise many questions and controversies. Let us see if we can help reason them out, shall we? Mark 10: 1-12 begins with some Pharisees asking a question of Jesus. “Is it lawful for a man to…

On Jesus’ Side (Again)

So, Wednesday we talked about Jesus discussing inclusiveness, how anyone who is not against him is for him. Now we can sit and listen to what he says next in Mark 9:42-50. “One of these little ones,” probably referring to the child he’s hugging. Just earlier today I was listening to Rob Bell, and he…

On Jesus’ Side

I’m gonna split this next one into two sections because there is much to discuss. Let’s begin with Mark 9:38-41. The disciples saw someone casting out demons in Jesus name, and the disciples tried to stop him, “because he was not following us.” However, Jesus said don’t bother stopping him, because if he is using…

“Second” Prediction of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection

I put the title in quotes because this is technically the third time Jesus has said he was going to be resurrected. Let’s talk about this little discussion in Mark 9:30-37. This is considered the “second” prediction, though, because there are three of these formal informative statements from Jesus about what is going to happen,…

The Disciples’ Failure to Heal

It’s time for more confusion in Mark 9:14-28. The “they” statement here caught me off guard at first, but I realized that it was only Jesus and three disciples who went up the mountain, so “they” refers to the four, while the remaining disciples were the ones arguing. I have to wonder why people were…

The Transfiguration v. 2

So the smoke clears and it’s just Jesus, sitting alone. Stunned, they all turn in thought to walk down the mountain in Mark 9: 9-13. So, here we have this whole third person “Son of Man” language again. I honestly think that this is something that Mark does every time Jesus is talking about something…

The Transfiguration v. 1

Based on the title, we’re about to experience something amazing in Mark 9:2-10. In the previous blog, I mentioned how there are many interpretations of what the kingdom of God coming with power would be. I’ve heard arguments, and I feel convinced, that this connecting point in verse 2 about six days later, directly connects…

Following Jesus

Jesus is the suffering anointed chosen of God. Let us see what else Mark wants to tell us in Following Jesus. This is a tough one! It is important to note here that the translators obviously felt that the end of chapter 8 and the first verse of chapter 9 were all related, and so included…

Prediction of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection

So, it’s been a long journey, but we’ve made it to the half way point. The turning point. We’re over the hill. We’ve received the most important message that Mark had to tell us: Jesus was the Messiah, the Christ, the Anointed One. What’s next on this journey Mark? We believe you, Jesus is the…

Peter’s Confession

It is finally time for our eyes to be opened in Mark 8:27-30. This is it. The center of everything. The story around which all of the other stories ultimately orbit. Just as we discussed in the messages of Mark series, what Mark is trying to tell us is that Jesus is the Messiah, the…