Last week in reading Mark 10:1-16, the Pharisees tried to throw Jesus off guard but He enlightened them to this new way which maintains the integrity of the established standards but at the same time allows us to come to God with this new enthusiasm.
Then in Mark 10:17-31, a wealthy man runs up to Jesus to ask what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus explains that riches make one focus on how to maintain the wealth rather than on God. Jesus enlightens the disciples on the need to be disciplined, dedicated, and focused on the treasures of God rather than success, fortune, and fame. The later may last a lifetime but the former will last for eternity.
As we spring ahead next week, we will continue the study of Mark 10.
Below are some questions for reflection.
Mark 10:32-45 – What do you think makes the disciples amazed and afraid? What additional facts about his future does Jesus divulge (Also read Mk 8:31 and Mk 9:12)? What are your aims in regard to Jesus’ kingdom? What are the meaning of cup and baptism? What is Jesus’ concept of leadership (Read Mk 9:33-37)?
Mark 10:46-52 – What qualities does Bartimaeus reveal? What do you want Jesus to do for you? What is the cause and result of Bartimaeus’ healing?
Believe that God has a great plan for you.
Victory starts by having a plan. By accepting God’s plan for us, all we need to do is follow and believe He will provide the power. He will give the upper hand to make what seems impossible possible.
*Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God: A Daily Study Guide to the Entire Bible. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1978. Print.