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Frameworks: Mark's Gospel chapter 10


(The objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses for verse-by-verse study or meditation. To focus each verse we have also added in italic a description of what is happening)




v.1-12   Teaching on Divorce

v.13-16 The Little Children and Jesus

v.17-31 The Rich and the Kingdom of God

v.32-34 Jesus Predicts His Death a Third Time

v.35-45 The Request of James and John

v.46-52 Blind Bartimaeus Receives His Sight


v.1-12 Teaching on Divorce


v.1 (Jesus changes location to teach) 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.

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

v.3 (he asks then what the Law taught) “What did Moses command you?”  he replied.

v.4 (they said it was permissible) They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.”

v.5 (he replied it was permissible because of their hard hearts) “It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,”  Jesus replied.  

v.6-8 (but that was different from how God originally made it) “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.'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 flesh.  

v.9 (conclusion: don't do it) Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

v.10  (the disciples question him in private) When they were in the house again, the disciples asked Jesus about this.  

v.11,12 (his answer: casual divorce = adultery) 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.”



v.13-16 The Little Children and Jesus


v.13 (the disciples chide parents bringing children to Jesus) People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them.  

v.14 (Jesus tells off the disciples) 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.  

v.15 (having childlike faith is a requirement for kingdom entry) Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”  

v.16 (so he carried on blessing the children) And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.



v.17-31 The Rich and the Kingdom of God


v.17 (a seeker asks about eternal life) 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?”

v.18 (Jesus points out only God is good) “Why do you call me good?”  Jesus answered.  “No one is good—except God alone.  

v.19 (Jesus points him to the ten commandments) 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, honour your father and mother.'”

v.20 (the man says he keeps those) “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”

v.21 (Jesus loving him, advises he gives his wealth to the poor) 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.”

v.22 (the man leaves realising he loves his wealth more than eternal life) At this the man's face fell. He went away sad because he had great wealth.

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

v.24 (to the surprised disciples he reiterates it is difficult) The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again,  “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!  

v.25 (he illustrates how hard it is) 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.”

v.26 (the disciples struggle with this) The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”

v.27 (Jesus suggests it needs God's help) Jesus looked at them and said,  “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

v.28 (Peter speaks defensively) Then Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!”

v.29,30 (Jesus promises blessings for all who leave all for him) “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 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.

v.31 (Jesus responds that the kingdom reverses what we expect) But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”



v.32-34 Jesus Predicts His Death a Third Time


v.32 (on the way to Jerusalem Jesus starts to tell what will happen) 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 .  

v.33,34 (he explains he will die there) “We are going up to Jerusalem,”  he said,  “and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the 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.”



v.35-45 The Request of James and John


v.35 (James & John ask a favour) Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”

v.36 (Jesus asks what it is) “What do you want me to do for you?”  he asked.

v.37 (they ask for places of honour when he rules) They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.”

v.38 (Jesus asks can they share his destiny) “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?”

v.39,40 (when they say yes, Jesus says it's not in his power to grant it) “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.”

v.41 (the others are indignant) When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John.  

v.42 (Jesus says this is how the world acts) 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.  

v.43,44 (but not in the kingdom where the great are servants) 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.  

v.45 (he has come to serve not to be served) 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.”



v.46-52 Blind Bartimaeus Receives His Sight


v.46 (in Jericho they encounter a beggar) Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging.  

v.47 (he cries out to Jesus) When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

v.48 (others try unsuccessfully to shut him up) Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

v.49 (Jesus calls for him to come) Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He's calling you.”  

v.50 (he comes to Jesus) Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.

v.51 (Jesus questions him and he replies) “What do you want me to do for you?”  Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”

v.52 (Jesus heals him)“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.”  Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.