Mark 9:30 - 10:52
Good Questions by Josh Hunt
These Questions Have Groups Talking
1. Mark 9:30-10:52
They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were,  because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, "The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise."  But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it.
 They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, "What were you arguing about on the road?"  But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.
 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, "If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all."
 He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them,  "Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me."
 "Teacher," said John, "we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us."
 "Do not stop him," Jesus said. "No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me,  for whoever is not against us is for us.  I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward.
 "And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck.  If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out.   And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell.   And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell,  where
" 'their worm does not die,
and the fire is not quenched.'
 Everyone will be salted with fire.
 "Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other."
[10:1] 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.
 Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?"
 "What did Moses command you?" he replied.
 They said, "Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away."
 "It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law," Jesus replied.  "But at the beginning of creation God 'made them male and female.'  'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,  and the two will become one flesh.' So they are no longer two, but one.  Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."
 When they were in the house again, the disciples asked Jesus about this.  He answered, "Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her.  And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery."
 People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them.  When 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.  I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."  And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.
 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?"
 "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good--except God alone.  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.'"
 "Teacher," he declared, "all these I have kept since I was a boy."
 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."
 At this the man's face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
 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 at his words. But Jesus said again, "Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!  It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
 The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, "Who then can be saved?"
 Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God."
 Peter said to him, "We have left everything to follow you!"
 "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."
 They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid. Again he took the Twelve aside and told them what was going to happen to him.  "We are going up to Jerusalem," he said, "and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles,  who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise."
 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. "Teacher," they said, "we want you to do for us whatever we ask."
 "What do you want me to do for you?" he asked.
 They replied, "Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory."
 "You don't know what you are asking," Jesus said. "Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?"
 "We can," they answered.
Jesus said to them, "You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with,  but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared."
 When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John.  Jesus called them together and said, "You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.  Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,  and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.  For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is, the Son of Timaeus), was sitting by the roadside begging.  When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"
 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"
 Jesus stopped and said, "Call him."
So they called to the blind man, "Cheer up! On your feet! He's calling you."  Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
 "What do you want me to do for you?" Jesus asked him.
The blind man said, "Rabbi, I want to see."
 "Go," said Jesus, "your faith has healed you." Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
2. In this case, he explains it, "because he was teaching his disciples."
3. It is an illustration of paradigms. We all have a certain frame in which we think life can happen. Nothing can happen outside the frame. Swiss watch makers never thought the world would ever leave the springs and gears of the watches they had been mastered of for generations. But the world went digital and the market share they had enjoyed for generations moved to Japan. That is how paradigms work. The disciples had a paradigm that the Messiah would come and set up a sovereign state and would rule Israel like a king. The Messiah dying was outside their frame.
4. Perhaps the group will have so many questions that you will not be able to get to the rest of the questions. It is more important to teach the group than it is to cover the material.
5. You might cast a vision for people working with kids. In most churches we could use more workers with kids.
6. We assume we can take the Bible literally unless it just doesn't make sense to do so.
7. You might do a little talk about why these verse don't appear in modern translations. And the reliability of the scriptures.
8. I trust you are doing some reading. There are some good answers to these questions. My goal is not to duplicate the fine work of commentators. They provide the answers. I provide the questions.
9. Luke 14:33 In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.