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Mark 10

1 - He arose from there and came into the borders of Judea and beyond the Jordan. Multitudes came together to him again. As he usually did, he was again teaching them.

2 - Pharisees came to him testing him, and asked him, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?"

3 - He answered,"What did Moses command you?"

4 - They said, "Moses allowed a certificate of divorce to be written, and to divorce her."

5 - But Jesus said to them,"For your hardness of heart, he wrote you this commandment.

6 - But from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female.Genesis 1:27

7 - For this cause a man will leave his father and mother, and will join to his wife,

8 - and the two will become one flesh,Genesis 2:24so that they are no longer two, but one flesh.

9 - What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate."

10 - In the house, his disciples asked him again about the same matter.

11 - He said to them,"Whoever divorces his wife, and marries another, commits adultery against her.

12 - If a woman herself divorces her husband, and marries another, she commits adultery."

13 - They were bringing to him little children, that he should touch them, but the disciples rebuked those who were bringing them.

14 - But when Jesus saw it, he was moved with indignation, and said to them,"Allow the little children to come to me! Don't forbid them, for God's Kingdom belongs to such as these.

15 - Most certainly I tell you, whoever will not receive God's Kingdom like a little child, he will in no way enter into it."

16 - He took them in his arms, and blessed them, laying his hands on them.

17 - As he was going out into the way, one ran to him, knelt before him, and asked him, "Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?"

18 - Jesus said to him,"Why do you call me good? No one is good except one-God.

19 - You know the commandments: 'Do not murder,' 'Do not commit adultery,' 'Do not steal,' 'Do not give false testimony,' 'Do not defraud,' 'Honor your father and mother.'"Exodus 20:12-16; Deuteronomy 5:16-20

20 - He said to him, "Teacher, I have observed all these things from my youth."

21 - Jesus looking at him loved him, and said to him,"One thing you lack. Go, sell whatever you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me, taking up the cross."

22 - But his face fell at that saying, and he went away sorrowful, for he was one who had great possessions.

23 - Jesus looked around, and said to his disciples,"How difficult it is for those who have riches to enter into God's Kingdom!"

24 - The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus answered again,"Children, how hard is it for those who trust in riches to enter into God's Kingdom!

25 - It is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye than for a rich man to enter into God's Kingdom."

26 - They were exceedingly astonished, saying to him, "Then who can be saved?"

27 - Jesus, looking at them, said,"With men it is impossible, but not with God, for all things are possible with God."

28 - Peter began to tell him, "Behold, we have left all, and have followed you."

29 - Jesus said,"Most certainly I tell you, there is no one who has left house, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or land, for my sake, and for the sake of the Good News,

30 - but he will receive one hundred times more now in this time, houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and land, with persecutions; and in the age to come eternal life.

31 - But many who are first will be last; and the last first."

32 - They were on the way, going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus was going in front of them, and they were amazed; and those who followed were afraid. He again took the twelve, and began to tell them the things that were going to happen to him.

33 - "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem. The Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes. They will condemn him to death, and will deliver him to the Gentiles.

34 - They will mock him, spit on him, scourge him, and kill him. On the third day he will rise again."

35 - James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came near to him, saying, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we will ask."

36 - He said to them,"What do you want me to do for you?"

37 - They said to him, "Grant to us that we may sit, one at your right hand, and one at your left hand, in your glory."

38 - But Jesus said to them,"You don't know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?"

39 - They said to him, "We are able."Jesus said to them,"You shall indeed drink the cup that I drink, and you shall be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with;

40 - but to sit at my right hand and at my left hand is not mine to give, but for whom it has been prepared."

41 - When the ten heard it, they began to be indignant towards James and John.

42 - Jesus summoned them, and said to them,"You know that they who are recognized as rulers over the nations lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.

43 - But it shall not be so among you, but whoever wants to become great among you shall be your servant.

44 - Whoever of you wants to become first among you, shall be bondservant of all.

45 - For the Son of Man also came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

46 - They came to Jericho. As he went out from Jericho, with his disciples and a great multitude, the son of Timaeus, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the road.

47 - When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out, and say, "Jesus, you son of David, have mercy on me!"

48 - Many rebuked him, that he should be quiet, but he cried out much more, "You son of David, have mercy on me!"

49 - Jesus stood still, and said,"Call him."They called the blind man, saying to him, "Cheer up! Get up. He is calling you!"

50 - He, casting away his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus.

51 - Jesus asked him,"What do you want me to do for you?"The blind man said to him, "Rabboni, that I may see again."

52 - Jesus said to him,"Go your way. Your faith has made you well." Immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus on the way.


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The Book of Mark

Mark 1:15 - And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

Mark 2:12 - And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.

Mark in The New Testament - A Brief Overview

St. Mark by Titian - 1560
Painting of St. Mark by Titian - 1560

Introduction to The Gospel of Mark

The Word Gospel. The second book of the English Bible that most of us read from is the Gospel of Mark. Mark is the second of the four gospel writings, yet there is only one gospel about Jesus Christ and there are four different writers: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The word "Gospel" means "good news", and the good news is about Jesus Christ dying on the cross and then 3 days later conquering death and rising from the dead, offering salvation to all mankind, this is the Gospel.

Summary of The Book of Mark

Brief Summary. Jesus of Nazareth is the suffering servant who came to die for the sins of all men. He did His work and "immediately" went to the cross, so be encouraged all who are suffering because Christ suffered for you.

Purpose. The Book of Mark is the shortest of the 4 Gospel accounts of the life of Jesus Christ. and he seems to write his account of the Gospel of Christ with a sense of urgency. He mentions the word "immediately" 27 times. In Mark many times Jesus exercises actions rather than words, which would impress his Roman readers who the Book seems to be addressing. He portrays Jesus as a man of power and miracles, who could set aside the laws of nature at will. Yet this powerful Son of God was the suffering servant who would give up His life as a ransom for all mankind (Mark 10:45). The clear purpose of mark was to encourage those suffering persecution that their master suffered first, and He suffered for them.

Audience. Apparently Mark wrote his Gospel account to encourage gentile Christians in Rome who were facing the persecutions of the Emperor Nero. History is clear about the atrocious behavior of the Romans and especially the insanity of Nero. The other evidence that scholars bring up concerning mark's audience as being gentiles is the fact that Mark does not deal with Jewish Laws and he only quotes one prophecy from the Old Testament. There is also careful thought into explaining Jewish customs and idioms. (See Mark 3:7; 5:41; 7:2; 10:46; 14:36; 15:34; 9:43; 14:12; 15:42).

Authorship. The gospel of Mark does not proclaim who the author is within the document, yet the information that we know about Mark can be seen in the writer of this gospel. It is evident that the writer was Jewish, he was a Christian, and he was familiar with every day Jewish life, as well as the Jewish Scriptures. We know from the Scriptures that Mark was Jewish, and he knew the teachings of Jesus very well. He also knew the teachings of the rest of the apostles. It is also important to notice that after Peter was imprisoned he went to the house of Mary, the mother of Mark (Acts 12:12-17). Also Peter mentions in his epistle "my son Mark" (1 Peter 5:13). During Paul's missionary journeys Mark became a companion of Paul and Barnabas, and he left them at Perga in Pamphylia (Acts 13:13), after Paul had rebuked him. Many years later Mark regained the favor of Paul  (Col. 4:10; 2 Tim. 4:11). Early Church tradition unanimously ascribes the second gospel to Mark as a companion of Peter and the writer of the second Gospel. One prologue to the Gospels which was written around 160 AD has this statement: "Marků Was Peter's interpreter, and after Peter's decease wrote down this gospel in the region of Italy." Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria and Tertullian also attest to Mark as the author.

Location. Nothing in the Gospel of Mark indicates where it was written from. Most of the early writers who boast of Mark as the author also name Rome as the place it was written.

Date. Early Christian writers and traditions place the Gospel of Mark sometime close to the end of Peter's life, around 60-65 AD. Most scholars agree that the Gospel of Mark was written before the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, while the Second Temple in Jerusalem was still standing (Mark 13:1-2). Many scholars do not believe in the miracle of predictive prophecy and argue that the Gospel of Mark was written after the fall of Jerusalem, because of the accurate details of the events that Jesus spoke about.  Mark's Gospel account seems to have been written as encouragement to the Christians who were facing the persecution of the Emperor Nero which took place in 64 AD.

Outline of the Book of Mark

The Servant Comes - Chapter 1:1-13
The Servant's Work - Chapters 1:14-13:37
The Servant's Death - Chapters 14:1-15:47
The Servant's Resurrection - Chapter 16:1-20

Jesus written in Hebrew
The Name Jesus In Ancient Hebrew Text
"Yeshua" in First Century Hebrew Text. This is how the name "Jesus" would have been written in ancient Hebrew documents. The four letters or consonants from right to left are Yod, Shin, Vav, Ayin (Y, SH, OO, A). Jesus is the Greek name for the Hebrew name Joshua or Y'shua which means "The LORD or Yahweh is Salvation".

Mark Resources

Outline of the Life of Jesus in Harmony
Simple Map of First Century Israel
Topographical Map of First Century Israel
Map of the Ministry of Jesus
Map of the Roads in Ancient Israel
Map of the Roman Empire