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MARK CHAPTERS 9 & 10

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1-4 And Jesus was saying to them, "Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power." 2 Six days later, Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John, and brought them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them; 3 and His garments became radiant and exceedingly white, as no launderer on earth can whiten them. 4 Elijah appeared to them along with Moses; and they were talking with Jesus. 

 

Mk 9,1-8

(117gb) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Vision >> Real-eyes God’s purpose for the Church >> Understand Jesus' exalted position with the Father – The Bible doesn’t say that the cloud slowly dissipated, but that it immediately disappeared in a twinkling of an eye; in a single moment Moses and Elijah vanished and left Jesus as He was before they saw the vision, and everything suddenly went back to normal as though the episode never happened. It says that His clothing became white as light; it didn’t say it seemed that way; these things actually happened. It left the disciples wondering if any of it was real or if it was a mere figment of their imagination, but when they compared notes, they were able to agree that they all saw and heard the same things. On their descent from the mountain Jesus confirmed this, telling them not to tell anyone what they had seen and heard. So this vision literally happened. It wasn’t something that occurred in the mind only but in real life, in real time and in the natural realm.

(238f) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Transferring the kingdom >> The kingdom is transferred to the Church >> New creation >> The new creation is our spiritual composition – The Bible says that God will create a new heavens and a new earth and establish the New Jerusalem on the new earth, indicating that the new creation will be similar to heaven, whereas in this life heaven and the current creation are at odds with each other. After He makes all things new Christ will reveal Himself in His glorified body. He rendered a foretaste of heaven on Mount Transfiguration to whet the disciple’s appetite for things to come. Eternity will resume after the thousand-year reign of Christ that the Jews saw written in their ancient manuscripts. The Millennium is what the disciples learned to expect from childhood as their great hope, and it is still our great hope. It is what they had always understood, and it is what they believed in total disregard of Jesus’ words. He will not have the appearance He had on Mount Transfiguration during the Millennium but will have a natural body as he did at His first coming, only He will have a resurrected body made of flesh and bone that cannot die. His temporal body was made of flesh and blood, but after the resurrection, flesh and bone, suggesting that the resurrected body won’t have any blood. Life in eternity works by a completely different set of rules and laws, in ways that we will never understand in this life. We don’t even understand how our current body works. Millions of people over the centuries have dedicated their lives to understanding the human body, and have only scratched the surface of its intricate complexity. Therefore, how much more complex will be the new creation, and at the same time how simple?

Mk 9-1

(26ba) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Death is hell >> Rejecting Christ has the sentence of hell -- This verse needs a bit of interpretation to understand it. Let's start with the context. In the verses above Jesus was talking about the inherent evil of the world, and that anyone who would be ashamed of Him because of the world will be put to shame. Without skipping a beat He then said that there are some who were standing in the crowd next to Him (2000 years ago) "that will not taste death until they see the Kingdom of God coming with power." Of course everyone in that crowd has died, but the Kingdom of God has not yet come with power, and therefore, according to Jesus, have not yet fully died. So, what did He mean by "Not taste of death?" There were some in that crowd who would not believe in Him, and thus not make it to heaven. This verse is partly a description of hell, for Jesus was explaining that people in hell will be able to witness God setting up His kingdom here on earth. Once they realized what they've missed by refusing to believe in Jesus who came to them in love, and once they realized how lavish God's eternal plan was for them, and then they will weep and lament their loss and truly taste of death. 

Mk 9,2-8

(67a) Authority >> Lordship of Christ >> The glory of Jesus' authority

Mk 9-4

(151e) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> New Testament bears witness of the Old >> The Patriarchs >> The Old Testament prophets – This was literally Moses and Elijah, not a hologram of them standing next to Jesus. If Moses and Elijah were able to come to Christ at that time, what does that say about the people who died in faith in the old covenant? There is a big debate about what happens to people after they die. The New Testament answer is that they go directly to heaven, but what about people in the Old Testament who died in faith? They went to a place called Abraham’s bosom, which must be where Moses and Elijah were before they appeared to Jesus. It was obviously a spiritual location, a place where God held His people until Jesus could come for them. Eph 4-8 says about Jesus, “When He ascended on high, He led captive a host of captives….” This is in reference to emptying Abraham’s bosom of its occupants who were in a state of sleep and leading the old covenant believing souls, disembodied spirits, into the presence of God. Now both old and new covenant believers reside in heaven, as it also says in Jn 10-16, "I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd." Prior to the ascension of Christ they were not yet allowed in heaven, because the sacrifice had not yet been made. Therefore, Moses and Elijah came from Abraham’s bosom and then returned for just a short while longer. There on Mount Transfiguration the discussion Jesus was having with them was probably that He would soon be coming for them and therefore to awaken the rest in preparation to meet their Lord, even as the ministry of the Two Witnesses are to awaken the saints in preparation to meet their Lord.

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5-16 Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three tabernacles, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah." 6 For he did not know what to answer; for they became terrified. 7 Then a cloud formed, overshadowing them, and a voice came out of the cloud, "This is My beloved Son, listen to Him!" 8 All at once they looked around and saw no one with them anymore, except Jesus alone. 9 As they were coming down from the mountain, He gave them orders not to relate to anyone what they had seen, until the Son of Man rose from the dead. 10 They seized upon that statement, discussing with one another what rising from the dead meant. 11 They asked Him, saying, "Why is it that the scribes say that Elijah must come first?" 12 And He said to them, "Elijah does first come and restore all things. And yet how is it written of the Son of Man that He will suffer many things and be treated with contempt? 13 "But I say to you that Elijah has indeed come, and they did to him whatever they wished, just as it is written of him." 14 When they came back to the disciples, they saw a large crowd around them, and some scribes arguing with them. 15 Immediately, when the entire crowd saw Him, they were amazed and began running up to greet Him. 16 And He asked them, "What are you discussing with them?"

 

Mk 9,5-7

(79i) Thy kingdom come >> Know the word >> Practice listening to God’s word >> The word you heard perfects God’s work in you – Jesus went to a secluded place on a high mountain with His three closest disciples, Peter, James and John and was transfigured in their presence. They loved Him and understood Him, and their hearts were wholly devoted to Him more than the others, and for that reason He showed them an aspect of Himself that He was unwilling to show anybody else, but to say that they understood Him more than anyone else isn’t saying that much, since on their way down the mountain they argued with each other about who was greatest (Lk 9,28-48), indicating that the best them were exceedingly slow to understand Jesus. We have the Scriptures, the Old and the New Testament; we can sit at our leisure and read the Bible and learn what it says. We not only have the parables, but also their interpretation explained to us, and those of us who are born of God have the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus promised would lead us into all the truth; plus we know the end of the story, so we don’t have to be ignorant as the disciples.

(107f) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing From God >> Truth of the trinity >> Father is truth – God replaced Peter’s idea of building three tabernacles with the voice that sounded from heaven, “This is My beloved Son, listen to Him!” This is the new covenant in practice. The voice they heard in view of the glory of Christ illustrates what inwardly happens to us when we obey the Holy Spirit. The lesson we should draw from this is that the voice from the cloud is our relationship with God. It is no longer about tabernacles or church buildings or wood and stone materials, but temples made of flesh and human souls infused with His enlightening Spirit. The essence of the new covenant is tuning our ear to the Holy Spirit and doing what He says.

(144g) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Trinity bears witness of Jesus >> Father bears witness of His Son

(231h) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Body of Christ is the organism of God’s kingdom >> Jesus is the head of His body’s kingdom >> Jesus builds His kingdom in your midst – Peter automatically reverted to the old covenant form of worship that Israel had practiced since Moses. He was ready to fabricate a facsimile of the tabernacle, and God rejected this form of worship because He was in the process of changing these things. Jesus represented the transition from old covenant worship of temple services to new covenant worship through the temple of our bodies. We who believe in Jesus have become the accepted tabernacle of worship, and for this reason God has commanded us to live a holy life. 1Cor 6-15 asks, “Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be!” All sins of flesh and spirit we are to avoid, working with the Spirit to overcome them. We are forgiven under a state of repentance, which God has given as a means of telling Him we are sorry, even when we are in bondage to sin. Many Christians want to stop sinning but find it difficult, being common to virtually all believers at some point in their Christian walk with God. It is not the will of God that we remain in bondage, but He does understand that we are but dust. It was the reason He came here in the first place to deliver us from sin and to free us from evil forces, and to make a way for God to accept us into His heavenly kingdom. We are to continue striving against sin until we rise above its addiction.

(246d) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> The true tabernacle

Mk 9-5,6

(88i) Thy kingdom come >> Fearing the power of God is the beginning of wisdom -- Although the disciples did not know what to say because they were terrified, they were assured to return from the mountain knowing something very important, since the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. The most certainly had a factual understanding that Jesus came from God, but after they saw Jesus transfigured before them and Elijah and Moses talking with Him, their mental ascent was increased to a deep seeded realization. By the way, the disciples have never seen Elijah and Moses, so how did know it was them? 

Mk 9-5

(223b) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Conceit >> Thinking you are superior to others >> Having an inflated opinion of self

(224g) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> The joyful kingdom >> We will recognize our family members in heaven 

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Mk 9,9-13

(241ia) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Persecution to the death >> Kill Jesus by the predetermined plan of God >> Jesus forewarned His disciples – Jesus repeatedly told His disciples that He would be given to the Romans to be mistreated, flogged and crucified and three days later rise again, but He never told them why His Father was calling Him to do this. Had Jesus thought they would understand it, He might have told them, but they were unwilling to accept His imminent fate, much less the explanation. It wasn’t possible at the time for them to understand God’s plan for mankind, so when Jesus took His disciples to the Mount of Transfiguration and they saw His glory, they had no idea what it meant. Jesus was showing them a glimpse of the glory that He had in heaven before He took on human flesh, and He would be going back to heaven where His glory would be exponentially increased by the faithful obedience He showed to His Father.

Mk 9,11-13

(59a) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> Spirit of Elijah is coming / John the Baptist was like Elijah – Jesus equated John the Baptist with the spirit and ministry of Elijah, yet He also said he was still to come. This is in reference to the Two Witnesses mentioned in Revelation chapter eleven. Being that John the Baptist was not actually Elijah, so the Two Witnesses will not actually be Moses and Elijah, but will have similar anointings and ministries designed to restore all things. Restoring all things refers to the Church and it doctrines and lifestyle, getting the people back to repentance and faith, according to the First Century Church, who wrote the New Testament. Man has since interpreted, reinterpreted and misinterpreted the Scriptures, until no two people can agree what it says. Another John the Baptist will come and again introduce the savior to the world as He makes His return to the earth. Just as he introduced Jesus at his first coming, so the spirit and ministry of Elijah will introduce Him at his second coming. The other of the Two Witnesses will resemble Moses, who led the people from slavery into the wilderness in hope of the promise land. Before they could enter the promise land they had to pass through the wilderness.

Mk 9-15

(143g) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Popularity >> Sought commendably >> seeking Jesus to be healed -- This verse goes with verse 25

Mk 9-16 -- No Entries


 

17-23 And one of the crowd answered Him, "Teacher, I brought You my son, possessed with a spirit which makes him mute; 18 and whenever it seizes him, it slams him to the ground and he foams at the mouth, and grinds his teeth and stiffens out. I told Your disciples to cast it out, and they could not do it." 19 And He answered them and said, "O unbelieving generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him to Me!" 20 They brought the boy to Him. When he saw Him, immediately the spirit threw him into a convulsion, and falling to the ground, he began rolling around and foaming at the mouth. 21 And He asked his father, "How long has this been happening to him?" And he said, "From childhood. 22 "It has often thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!" 23 And Jesus said to him, " 'If You can?' All things are possible to him who believes."

 

Mk 9,17-19

(20a) Sin >> Nature of sin >> Unbelief >> Spirit of familiarity -- These verses go with verse 24

(138b) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Reproof >> Jesus reproves His disciples for their unbelief -- Jesus could not tolerate unbelief; it exasperated Him, especially when it came from His disciples. He did not see their excuse for being unable to cast out the demon from the boy. He expected His disciples to believe in Him, whom He delegated His authority to heal diseases, to cast out demons and to perform any and all miracles that warranted God's intervention for the cause of bringing glory to Himself. Jesus was relentless in disciplining His disciples. He was building the truth in them, which entailed constructing a mental image of God in the form of a temple in their hearts, digging the foundation, laying the groundwork, and meticulously constructing the truth in them with great patience as a master builder. He taught and rebuked and reproved His disciples until the day of His cross. Once the Spirit was given to them, they remembered all the lessons they learned from their master, while the Spirit of truth put them into proper perspective. First, however, He had to dismantle the old mental structures of unbelief previously ingrained in them

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Mk 9-17

(146g) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Deliverance from demon possession >> Deaf, dumb and blind spirits

Mk 9,18-21

(146b) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Demon possession >> Human state >> Their behavior >> Epilepsy -- These verses go with verses 26&27. Epilepsy is where demons enter and exit through a narrow door of opportunity during an epileptic seizure. This would normally not be considered a possession, except that the Bible describes an epileptic seizure as demon inspired. The only logical conclusion we can draw is that demons exploit brain abnormalities that cause seizures. The person with epilepsy is generally not possessed before or after, but is usually unconscious during the seizure itself, so no one really knows what happens during that time. Scientists can determine whether a person actually has epilepsy by scanning the brain for telltale signs of abnormalities, and they think that if they can find a physical anomaly, it automatically rules out spiritual derivations, but that is simply wrong thinking. Just because they find physical evidence for epilepsy doesn’t rule out spiritual forces underfoot. 

Mk 9-22

(146c) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Demon possession >> Human state >> Their behavior >> Masochism -- The Satanic behavior of Masochism is a very peculiar and revealing trait. You would think that demons who coax a person to share his or her body with them would take care of it so they could live there longer, but the fact that demons seek a vessel to inhabit and then soon afterward begin to destroy it exhibits the devil's addiction to destruction. God has put it in Satan's heart to destroy everything he pursues to ensure that he never accomplishes any plans. That way God doesn't have to fight against the devil's insurgence; instead, God has made it so the devil's greatest enemy is himself to hold him in check. 

Mk 9,23-25

(146e) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Deliverance from demon possession >> Casting out spirits with a word – You watch movies about haunted houses or poltergeist events or spirits stalking people, and wonder if some of these things ever happen in the real world, but what is already happening right there at the theater is questioning the idea if these things happen as possibly the first signs of believing that demons can exert power over you. If you believe that ghosts are real and that one is stalking you, there is a chance of demons taking the opportunity through a mindset they have built in your head to literally doing it, but a ghost cannot chase you if you don’t believe it. It can try, but the minute you see a ghost and know the truth that you have power over all the power of the enemy, you tell that thing to leave and it must obey you. This is why demons must build empires of deception in your mind before they can control you in progressive stages of control to literally manifesting in more physical ways, depending on their ability to convince you of their own reality. If no one believed in such things, demons would have no power to manifest themselves. 

Mk 9-23,24

(20c) Sin >> Nature of sin >> Unbelief >> Having a mind that is unable to receive >> Being slow to understand God

 

24-30 Immediately the boy's father cried out and said, "I do believe; help my unbelief." 25 When Jesus saw that a crowd was rapidly gathering, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You deaf and mute spirit, I command you, come out of him and do not enter him again." 26 After crying out and throwing him into terrible convulsions, it came out; and the boy became so much like a corpse that most of them said, "He is dead!" 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and raised him; and he got up. 28 When He came into the house, His disciples began questioning Him privately, "Why could we not drive it out?" 29 And He said to them, "This kind cannot come out by anything but prayer." 30 From there they went out and began to go through Galilee, and He did not want anyone to know about it.

 

Mk 9-24

(20a) Sin >> Nature of sin >> Unbelief >> Spirit of familiarity -- This verse goes with verses 17-19

(86f) Thy kingdom come >> Belief >> Mental ascent (believing a set of facts) -- Many of us believe like this boy's father; we believe, yet we don't believe. The difference between us and him is that he admitted it. Another difference is that he had the privilege of seeing Jesus. If we had his advantage, we would probably admit it too that we never really believed. Mental ascent can be defined as believing a set of facts. Believing a set of facts can be illustrated by looking at a map of the world, plotting a point on it, imagining what's there, and then getting into a plane, flying overhead and parachuting to the ground exactly on that spot. You could be parachuting into the mouth of a live volcano, or into the center of a swamp twenty miles in diameter. Although the Bible is true and accurate, believing it as a set of facts will not prepare you for interacting with the circumstances that we find there. Think of the learning curve of missionaries, coming from the states, suddenly introduced to a voodoo culture that practices witchcraft with demon possessed people all around them. Their mental ascent is not going to help them. 

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Mk 9,25-29

(45m) Judgment >> Spiritual warfare >> Subjecting your flesh >> Satan VS the saints >> Demons are subject to the Church through Christ – The demon in the man would not allow him to communicate with anybody, and as Jesus commanded it to leave, it sent the man into terrible convulsions. We think Jesus should not have allowed the demon to do this before it left the boy, but Jesus allowed this last hurrah of torment, and the boy became like a dead man. Jesus probably allowed the demon to kill the boy, and then He raised him from the dead. That would be a strong demon to exercise that level of authority over the boy while Jesus was exorcising it. Imagine what the demon would have done to us had we tried to exorcise it. We know that prayer and the declaration of God’s word are linked to spiritual warfare; they are the part we play in it. For this reason Jesus said, “This kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting” (Mat 17-21). What did Jesus mean by “this kind” but to its strength in the hierarchy of demonic forces? This was a strong demon. Remember also in Mark chapter five, it spoke about a legion of demons as a single entity, so there is no telling how many demons actually possessed this boy. The person on the mission field who runs across a situation like this will have to spend large amounts of time in prayer and fasting before these demonic forces will leave. None of us knows what is really happening in the spiritual realm, especially in times of prayer. We speculate through a few pieces of Scripture the spiritual war surrounding us, but it is unlikely that any of us knows the true ferocity of it.

Mk 9-25

(143g) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Popularity >> Sought commendably >> seeking Jesus to be healed -- This verse goes with verse 15. We think Jesus would want as many people to see His miracles as possible, but His thinking was just the opposite. The more people witnessed His miracles, the more would talk about Him, the more the Pharisees would hear about Him, and the sooner they would come to destroy Him. He was buying time keeping His ministry on the down-low. Every generation should have asked themselves what kind of reception they would give Jesus if He came for a visit. What kind of reception would He get if He came to our generation and tried to preach the gospel to us? It seems the gospel has stalled; case in point, there are many mega-churches preaching things that can scarcely be found in the Bible. Jesus would no doubt have something to say about that.

Mk 9-26,27

(146b) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Demon possession >> Human state >> Their behavior >> Epilepsy -- These verses go with verses 18-21

Mk 9-27

(115g) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Laying on of hands >> Seeing signs, wonders and miracles

(147g) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Raising the dead -- The reason everyone who witnessed this miracle thought the boy had died is because he probably did. The devil must have thought that if he must go, he's going to take the boy with him, but Jesus had other plans. One of Jesus' goals in coming here was to conquer the devil at every level. Satan was completely powerless in the presence of Christ because He is Lord of lords and King of kings. Whatever the devil would do, Jesus would trump it and abrogate his works. 

Mk 9-28,29

(83b) Thy kingdom come >> Receiving from God through prayer >> Ask and it shall be given -- Jesus cast out the devil with a word, but told the disciples they could not cast it out by any other means but prayer. Prayer communicates that you are powerless to solve your problem, but believe God is willing and able to solve the problem for you. The main ingredient to prayer is humility. Satan is evicted from any situation with the prayer of humility. 

(189j) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Masochism (Self-made martyr) >> Fasting simulates dying to self – (Depending on your translation the words "and fasting" may be missing in verse 29. The KJV includes it while the NAS has excluded it with a footnote denoting its addition in many manuscripts.) Fasting is another level of prayer, a mixture of symbolism and literally denying ourselves food. The symbolism says we don’t care about our flesh until the problem in question is resolved, making our spiritual lives take precedence over our physical lives. Denying ourselves food doesn’t make us more spiritual, any more than eating makes us more spiritual, but if our spiritual lives really do mean more than our physical lives, then we prove it by large segments of time devoted to prayer and fasting. In this way we approach the demons on a spiritual point of view instead of a mere physical perspective. Fasting is a way of creating faith, and when we experience higher levels of faith, they become our new standard that we strive to reach, until they become the norm. Then we start shooting for a new higher standard. This is the process of building faith using fasting and prayer while incorporating the Scriptures. It is also the process of casting out powerful demons.

Mk 9-30 -- No Entries

 

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31-35 For He was teaching His disciples and telling them, "The Son of Man is to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him; and when He has been killed, He will rise three days later." 32 But they did not understand this statement, and they were afraid to ask Him. 33 They came to Capernaum; and when He was in the house, He began to question them, "What were you discussing on the way?" 34 But they kept silent, for on the way they had discussed with one another which of them was the greatest. 35 Sitting down, He called the twelve and said to them, "If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all." 

 

Mk 9-31,32

(167g) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Carnality/Secularism (mindset of the world) >> The carnal mind does not receive the things of God >> It does not understand the word of God – Jesus spoke plainly to His disciples, but they couldn’t comprehend His words as though He spoke gibberish. What we want to believe we gather evidence and information to support it, and what we don’t want to believe we deny and hope it goes away; most people build their version of truth based on these principles. On a scale from one to ten, the effectiveness of this process in creating our worldview is a zero, but its prevalence of use is an eleven, so it is very popular but it doesn’t work. It is a form of deductive reasoning and is open to subjectivity. People don’t care if it leads to the wrong conclusions; they only care about their worldview. People tend to believe their perspective is better than other’s; what they mean by “better” is more accurate, but they don’t really care about accuracy. How they view the world makes sense to them, and that is all that matters; whether it is actually true is second to personalization and believability.

(168i) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world has deaf ears to God >> Deaf to the word of God from a lack of understanding -- If they didn't understand His statement, then why didn't they just ask Him and He would have explained it to them (though He was explaining it to them). The fact that they were afraid to ask Him says that they understood enough to know that they didn't want to know what He was saying. This might sound like doubletalk, but that is exactly what was happening inside the disciple's minds; they were dodging the truth. What Jesus said to them sounded so horrific to them that it probably made their ears tingle. It was the exact opposite of how they were imagining their future.

(175f) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Ignorance >> Dodging the issue (willful ignorance) >> Evading the word of God – Jesus told them about His imminent suffering prior to venturing to Mount Transfiguration (Mk 8,31-33), so they should have been aware of it, except that they kept ignoring the matter, making it seem that every time He told them, it was the first they heard of it. The same was true in Noah’s day; Scripture called Him a preacher of righteousness (2Pet 2-5), meaning he went around telling people what God intended to do. He preached the message so that all who listened and believed could repent and be welcomed aboard, but of course nobody came, being the reason God sent a flood in the first place. Everybody cared only for themselves and showed no interest or concern about God. A generation that quits wondering about God is one that will partake of His judgment. Instead of asking Jesus what rising from the dead meant, they asked Him a different question, and Jesus brought the subject back to His original comment regarding his suffering, but they just wouldn’t hear of it.

(177h) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Presumption (Hinduism) >> Misunderstanding Jesus – Their religious leaders incessantly drilled the teaching of Millennium into the disciples from childhood, and Jesus could not get through to them that an age of grace must come first. He performed a miracle in front of them and then turned and told His disciples that He would be crucified and then rise again on the third day, and it never made a dent in them, but after He was crucified, rose from the dead, ascended to the Father and sent the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, then they began to understand the gospel the way Jesus intended; then they began to understand heaven’s government where the least is greatest and the greatest is least. This is a government that can sustain a perpetual kingdom, simply because it removes the lust for power. Jesus is even now in the process of setting up a kingdom that will be established on the principles He taught, and once everyone is present throughout the generations whose names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life, He will introduce His physical kingdom to this world, and it will remain for a thousand years. After that, He will create a new heavens and a new earth and He will establish the thousand year-old kingdom on the new earth, where it will remain forever and ever. He will establish an eternal kingdom on the simple principle of the least-greatest and the greatest-least. Some people exalt themselves in their local church, but that is different from the true Church that consists only of God’s chosen and faithful. The true Church consisting of the elect speckled throughout the world comprises His spiritual Kingdom that is growing, and that kingdom is not something we can exalt over others or rise higher in rank. All we can do is serve it.

Mk 9,33-37

(56l) Paradox >> Opposites >> Greatest are least in the eyes of God – After Pentecost the disciples finally understood the gospel the way Jesus intended them, but before that they understood almost nothing about God’s plan, because of their preconceived notions. They were picturing the future differently from Jesus’ view. They were expecting the physical Kingdom of God to be established on the earth in their lifetime, Jesus reigning from Jerusalem as king of the nations with His twelve disciples next to Him. This is why they had the argument about who was greatest. They were arguing that when the kingdom comes each would have a higher position than the other. Jesus never successfully weaned them off the stance of their prospective future. He could have talked to them until He was blue in the face, but the disciples simply were not going to drop this idea. It was instilled in them by their previous teachers, many who were Jesus’ enemies. The kingdom they envisioned was intrinsically no different from any of the kingdoms of the world, the only difference being that Jesus would be king, but if Jesus Christ Himself set up a worldly kingdom, it would fail like all the rest. If Jesus wanted a kingdom no different from the world, He wouldn’t have picked those particular twelve men to be His magistrates; their own characters and personalities should have clued them into what kind of kingdom He was trying to build.

(90a) Thy kingdom come >> God convicts us >> Conviction leads us in the way of righteousness

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36-42 Taking a child, He set him before them, and taking him in His arms, He said to them, 37 "Whoever receives one child like this in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me does not receive Me, but Him who sent Me." 38 John said to Him, "Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we tried to prevent him because he was not following us." 39 But Jesus said, "Do not hinder him, for there is no one who will perform a miracle in My name, and be able soon afterward to speak evil of Me. 40 "For he who is not against us is for us. 41 "For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because of your name as followers of Christ, truly I say to you, he will not lose his reward. 42 "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe to stumble, it would be better for him if, with a heavy millstone hung around his neck, he had been cast into the sea.

 

Mk 9-36,37

(33f) Gift of God >> God is our Father >> Greatness is expressed as being a child – A group of children of similar age have their own social pecking order and can be worse than adults, but children who are in a group of adults tend to be quiet and submissive. We are to be like children in the presence of adults, but a person who tries to take over the group and seek to be head-honcho we should consider least of all. Those whom God exalts is most like a child, and he only gets placed in positions of leadership because the group has enough spiritual savvy and biblical wisdom to discern that God is working with the person and developing a ministry in his spirit. For this reason he is able to lead the people of God with the heart of a child. The one who is least of all among us is most like Christ and is most able to teach, but if we find ourselves in a ministry where people are pushing their way into ministries and bucking against the people and competing with others for leadership roles, those people wouldn’t know the truth of God if it bit them on the nose. There is nothing in that church for the child of God who seeks to know the Lord. God is seeking those who have the heart of a child to reveal Himself to them and impart ministries and gifts and spiritual abilities to lead the children of God like a shepherd would tenderly care for his sheep. Our leaders have the place of Christ; they are surrogate shepherds for the great shepherd, employed by Him to do His will, so when we finally get to heaven, we will then be led by the True Shepherd, the one who bled and died for us, who took the last place in order that His Father might exalt Him to the first place. This is how it works in the Kingdom of Heaven: “Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted” (Mat 23-12). If that is not how it works in church, then it is time to find a new church.

Mk 9,38-41

(156i) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Confessing Jesus is evidence of salvation -- The disciples were concerned about a "lone ranger" type of character casting out demons in the name of Christ and reported him to the Lord. Jesus was unconcerned about him as He was about so many things, except about what truly mattered. His method was to let things run their course and let the fruits of people's actions and motives judge themselves. If demons are being cast out and people are being made whole, then God is glorified and is working with this person. If you try to stop him, you may be fighting against God. Jesus' interpretation of the situation is that if a person is not doing anything to hinder the Kingdom of God, then he is with us, and those who are not with us are against us. One of the purposes of miracles, signs and wonders is to validate the person performing them. If you witness someone performing a genuine miracle (not a staged gimmick), you are obligated to listen a little closer to what they have to say, because they appear to have God's seal of approval on their lives. Jesus said that anyone doing good through miraculous signs will not soon afterward be able to speak evil of Christ, but over time could possibly fall away from the faith and speak evil of Him a couple years down the road. If he does fall away, so be it, but if he doesn't, let him be blessed, he needs your support. 

(226c) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Rewards of the Kingdom of Heaven >> Reserved in heaven >> God crowns us with glory for sharing our rewards

Mk 9-39

(105a) Thy kingdom come >> A pure heart is a genuine heart – The way Jesus spoke about miracles made it seem that they were a normal occurrence. Performing miracles was actually ordinary to Jesus, and He advocated that those who believed in Him should also perform miracles in His name, to the point that even those who were not part of the inner circle could perform miracles. No one can perform a miracle without the Lord; and since Jesus is involved, the person cannot not speak evil of Him, at least not soon afterward. There is a true saying, “People don’t change,” but they do occasionally recant their faith. Miracles should be an aspect of Christianity as an environment that God uses to relate to His people and convey the gospel of the Kingdom to the world. The absence of miracles is a sign that God finds fault with His people. Therefore, we could rephrase this verse to say, ‘No one can speak evil of Me and soon afterward perform a miracle.’ It is true that people don’t change, but it doesn’t mean they can’t; they just won’t repent. We can't allow sin to reign in his lives and expect to perform miracles.

(146k) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Purpose of Miracles, Signs And Wonders >> Get peoples’ attention to hear the word – The Church doesn’t see miracles because our phony doctrines have screwed up our lives. Our doctrines are not accurate enough to encapsulate the truth, which is the environment of miracles. God doesn’t perform miracles apart from the truth, because He doesn’t want to endorse anything other than the truth. No one who has performed a miracle will speak evil of Christ, because they know and love the truth. People cannot perform miracles if they do not believe in Jesus; hence, miracles prove that the person performing them is tapped into the Kingdom of God. This is one of the purposes of miracles, they establish authentication of the preacher and of his message, so a person can preach Jesus and the people can be confident that what they are hearing is the truth. Jesus combined His preaching with miracles for the very purpose of authenticating His message and His identity as Israel’s Messiah. Performing miracles without the word of God is nearly pointless. Therefore, if someone performs signs and wonders but never preaches Jesus, we can know that the person is a magician of some sort and using trickery. It is rarely a life changing event to witness signs and wonders, simply because they are open to question. It usually has an impact on them like a magic show, but later they rationalize it and develop this attitude: ‘Even if it were a miracle, so what?’ However, combine the miracle with the word of God, and it makes the hearers think twice about what they heard, and the truth will stay with them for life.

Mk 9-42

(28i) Gift of God >> God is our advocate >> God crushes those who make us stumble

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43-50 "If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life crippled, than, having your two hands, to go into hell, into the unquenchable fire, 44 [where THEIR WORM DOES NOT DIE, AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED.] 45 "If your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame, than, having your two feet, to be cast into hell, 46 [where THEIR WORM DOES NOT DIE, AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED.] 47 "If your eye causes you to stumble, throw it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, than, having two eyes, to be cast into hell, 48 where THEIR WORM DOES NOT DIE, AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED. 49 "For everyone will be salted with fire. 50 "Salt is good; but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another."

 

Mk 9,43-50

(59c) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> Literally cut off your hand if it causes you to sin / Commit yourself to this extent and you will stop sinning – This is equally sarcastic and literal at the same time. If we were that serious about repenting to take our own hand or eye, the adjustment would have been made before we brought down the ax, so we wouldn't have to harm ourselves. dying to self is a form of masochism; it is a spiritual form of separation of body parts, otherwise known as sanctification (set apart). Jesus has given us a standard of commitment that we should use in relation to God. He said that our evil deeds will lead us to hell, not our wrong doctrines. He said, “If our hand causes us to stumble…” not if we have joined the wrong denomination, “If our foot causes us to stumble…” not if we have neglected to read the Bible. Nowhere in Scripture does it say that if we believe the wrong things we will go to hell for it. Instead, it talks about our works condemning us to hell, both what we say and what we do. Paul said that we are saved by grace through faith, but maybe it is time to go back to the drawing board and question everything, including and especially Paul’s meaning of faith; apparently “faith” has the concept of obedience embedded into it. 

(236g) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest your treasures into the kingdom >> Invest your flesh

Mk 9,43-48

(47c) Judgment >> Hell >> Hell is a place of sorrow >> Hell is to be avoided at any cost – Jesus made the point that hell should be avoided at any cost, even if we must jettison our body parts to quit sinning, yet people are lackadaisical in their avoidance of hell. They feel the afterlife will take care of itself, being too busy to worry about it now. However, it will be too late to worry about the afterlife when it comes, because God wants us to live for Him in this life. It would seem that God doesn’t mess around with sin, yet when we look for this same attitude about sin in the Church, we would be hard-pressed to find it. The grace of God is truly a wonderful thing, for without it no one would see the Lord, but that is also what the Bible says about holiness (Heb 12-14). There is almost no room anymore in the Church for teachings about hell, having been crowded out by the doctrines of easy-believism. If hell doesn’t exist, then why did Jesus talk about it more than he talked about heaven? He wanted to warn people of eternal damnation, but how many churches today are warning people about hell? Jesus said that the majority of the world will not make it to heaven. The phrase: “Where their worm [body and soul] does not die, and the fire is not quenched,” is not found in the best ancient manuscripts, but it is found in some manuscripts, and should therefore be included. The Bible teaches that those of us who make it to heaven will receive indestructible bodies, and so it stands to reason that those who go to hell will receive the same to be tormented in the flames without being destroyed.

(48a) Judgment >> God judges the world >> Eternal judgment >> Eternal consequences for sin – Look on virtually all commentaries and they will rightly say that this was taken from Isaiah 66-24, “Then they will go forth and look On the corpses of the men Who have transgressed against Me. For their worm will not die And their fire will not be quenched; And they will be an abhorrence to all mankind.” Most commentaries will say that this is referring to actual worms that are feeding on the corpses of bodies in hell. However, what they fail to provide is other exemplar ways the word “worm” is used in the Old Testament. For example, just a few chapters earlier Isaiah 41-14 it says, “Do not fear, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel; I will help you," declares the LORD, and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.” Job 25-6 says, “How much less man, that maggot, and the son of man, that worm!” Once more it says in Psalm 22-6, “But I am a worm and not a man, a reproach of men and despised by the people.” Therefore, it is not a stretch to say that Jesus was referring to people and demons when He used the word “worm” in Mark chapter 9 to mean that they were utterly detestable, and He said that in their debased state they will never die but will be tormented forever and ever, just like Scripture says. Most people cannot believe that a loving God would do this, but the truth about hell and our unwillingness to accept it merely points out the fact that we are a long way from understanding the person of our creator.

(101e) Thy kingdom come >> Zeal does not count the cost >> Zeal goes to extremes -- Jesus commanded us to make a commitment against sin to such an extent that if we cannot stop sinning, we should cut off our limbs and pluck out our eyes. Of course He didn't mean we should literally dismember ourselves, since making a commitment to that extent would lead us to simply stop sinning. What is literal about these words is the importance of abstaining from sin and the reality of hell. Essentially, He was saying that those who find themselves in hell wish they would have cut off their hands instead of using them to sin. He was not saying we must pluck out your eyes to get to heaven. In fact, it wouldn't do any good, since sin is conceived in the heart. Take away the means of sinning and we will still sin in your heart. Instead of truncating our body parts God wants to harness them for His service and glory. 

(208e) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Salvation verses >> Preaching on hell

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Mk 9-47,48

(22i) Sin >> Lust (craving pleasure) >> Lust of the eyes

Mk 9-49,50

(70k) Authority >> Believer’s authority >> We are the salt of the earth (Preservative)

(113m) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Guard the anointing -- Do not abuse the anointing, since you do not have anything to re-anoint yourself, only God can do that. He never promised to re-anoint us after we have allowed the initial fire die. The quickest way to kill the anointing is to use it for your own glory, usually in a leadership position by telling people that they have to pay homage to you since you have a special anointing from God, as though the people of your stewardship don't. Those who have an anointing from God know abuse when they see it and will keep their distance from anyone who would attempt to abuse them. The best way to protect the anointing is to use it to glorify God by blessing others with it, which involves offering your services free of charge to anyone who is thirsty and wants to drink from your spirit. 

(184i) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Abusing the grace of God >> Spending His grace on your pleasures >> Adding leaven to His grace

Mk 9-50

(126c) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Peacemakers are a blessing

 

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MARK CHAPTER 10

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1-12 Getting up, He went from there to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan; crowds gathered around Him again, and, according to His custom, He once more began to teach them. 2 Some Pharisees came up to Jesus, testing Him, and began to question Him whether it was lawful for a man to divorce a wife. 3 And He answered and said to them, "What did Moses command you?" 4 They said, "Moses permitted a man TO WRITE A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE AND SEND her AWAY." 5 But Jesus said to them, "Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. 6 "But from the beginning of creation, God MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE. 7 "FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER, 8 AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH; so they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 "What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate." 10 In the house the disciples began questioning Him about this again. 11 And He said to them, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her; 12 and if she herself divorces her husband and marries another man, she is committing adultery."

 

Mk 10,1-12

(73h) Authority >> Respect authority in the family >> Respect the institution of marriage – In terms of nature, man’s interest in other women makes sense, though it is still wrong, but when we try to fit women into the equation of nature we see her being self-destructive, and so she will never accomplish her goals by seeking romance. When we look at men on an insemination campaign to promote the survival of the species, that doesn’t make sense either. The man needs to ignore his natural instincts because there are plenty of people in the world now, and the woman needs to ignore her interests in romance and focus on her nesting instincts, so the solution is for the man to ignore his instincts and for the woman to focus on hers, as the best-case scenario in promoting a healthy family environment while decreasing the number of divorces in society. Men and women don’t do this because of their hardness of heart. They do what they want and they don’t care about the consequences even when it negatively impacts the fruit of their own bodies.

Mk 10-1

(143k) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Jesus is popular because of His words

(174a) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Man’s religion >> Good traditions (Exception to bad religion) >> Good customs

(239h) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the knowledge of the kingdom >> Teachers are construction workers >> Jesus is a teacher

Mk 10,2-9

(3f) Responsibility >> To the Family >> Divorce because of your hardness of heart -- Jesus made it clear that outside of adultery, Moses made the provision for divorce under one condition, that the one who seeks it has a hardened heart. It is also good to remember that the one who looks to divorce as the answer for his life seeks it from the law and not from the grace of God. Perhaps if the couple were living by the grace of God instead of by the law they wouldn't be filing for divorce. Divorce was the Pharisee’s favorite Law of Moses. Jesus spoke about it as though it were not so much God’s law as it were Moses’ exception. The Scriptures are the inspired word of God, so we know that Moses was inspired to write the divorce clause. The reason for it was the simple fact that divorce is a lesser sin than murder, and if there were no divorce clause, there would be more murders, for without the option of divorce the two would commit murder to get away from each other.

(151d) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> New Testament bears witness of the Old >> The Patriarchs >> Moses

Mk 10-2

(75e) Thy kingdom come >> Motives >> Being manipulative >> Questioning God’s judgment -- The Pharisees questioned Jesus about this particular subject for a couple reasons, first because they were confident with their answer, since they were largely in agreement with how the law read after Moses spelled it out for them in black and white. They felt they could refute anything He might say that conflicted with their theology (though what they thought was intrinsically wrong). Many of them personally took advantage of the provision of divorce in the law, which they considered a privilege (that is what was wrong with their theology). Secondly, it was a hot, moral issue and they hoped He would make an incriminating statement that conflicted with Moses' teaching to reduce His popularity with the people. Their goal was to drive a wedge between He and the His followers, and possibly even cite Him as a heretic with grounds for imposing criminal charges against Him. Jesus admitted that the provision of divorce was written into the law, but went back to the very beginning of God's creation and His vision of man and his wife. He taught them what was in God's heart for us to do, not what the law says. Such ponderings are impossible for men like the Pharisees. They used the law because it was flexible enough to make it say whatever they wanted. However, Jesus taught that the man and wife should work out their marriage by loving one another, and there is no interpreting love. 

Mk 10,3-5

(177l) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Presumption (Hinduism) >> Presuming the will of God >> Presumption interprets God’s word

Mk 10-3

(90j) Thy kingdom come >> Keeping the law >> We do not nullify the law through faith; we fulfill it

Mk 10-5

(74l) Thy kingdom come >> Let not your heart be hardened >> Insensitive to the things of God

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13-16 And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, "Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 "Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all." 16 And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them.

 

Mk 10,13-16

(33d) Gift of God >> God is our Father >> Kingdom belongs to the children of God -- The disciples resisted the children when they sought the Lord, but Jesus wanted to see them, because they of all people reminded Him most of heaven. When adults make a mess of the world, the answers to all their problems always lie within the hearts of children. Parents make a large contribution to their offspring, providing for them and solving all their big problems so they don't have to worry about the future, but children have something to offer too. It is this faithful, carefree attitude about life that was so attractive to the Lord. Jesus was a grown man, yet He never had to solve any big problems or worried about the future, because He had a Father who looked after Him. He could sleep on a small boat in the middle of the sea during a raging storm, because He knew His Father was greater than any possible threat on earth. What we so often forget is that Jesus' heavenly Father is also our heavenly Father, and as much as Jesus' health and welfare was His Father's concern, so our health and welfare is also His concern. As well as the Father provided for His Son is as well as He will provide for His sons and daughters. Children usually know these truths better than adults. 

Mk 10-13,14

(21e) Sin >> Disobedience does not understand God

Mk 10-13

(176e) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Zeal without knowledge (Spirit w/o the word) >> Devotion without direction

Mk 10-14,15

(221d) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Kingdom hidden behind the veil from the world >> God hides from the mind of man >> He hides behind man’s intellect

Mk 10-15

(207f) Salvation >> Salvation verses >> Children of God’s kingdom – What is it about children that are more heaven-like than adults? It all depends on the child. Children are growing-up fast these days so that some of them are poor reminders of heaven, but many children at certain ages, such as two to five years have sweet spirits, are innocent and totally dependent on their parents. They understand that if their parents don’t supply their needs, they can’t get what they need for themselves. Dependence on God is one of the things adults have lost; they have become self-reliant. It is good to be self-reliant, but the result is that adults find it very difficult to rely on God. They need to understand that everything they have has come from God, as James said, “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow” (Jm 1-17). Everything we need: food, shelter, clothing comes from God. We may receive those things through our self-reliance, but sometimes life gets tough and our self-reliance just can’t make ends meet. When times get hard, we must become like children and rely on God. This is how they live, and this is why Jesus loved the children: they knew what it meant to trust. Jesus wants us to trust our Father for everything and realize that the things we posses have come from Him, even if indirectly. When times get hard and that indirectness becomes more direct, we can rely on God and He will help us, and we will realize that He has been our source all along. One of the great benefits of hard times is it teaches us that all things come from God.

(224i) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> The people of heaven >> Traits of people who make it to heaven -- This was a worldview altering statement Jesus made, "Whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it at all." In other places He says that we must be converted and be like children. The world tells children that they must become like adults, so it is not surprising that Jesus spoke the opposite of the world. He always does, because the world is opposite of heaven. 

Mk 10-16

(115h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Laying on of hands >> Bestowing the Holy Spirit

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17 As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"

 

Mk 10,17-31

(249i) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Wealth >> World’s perception of wealth >> The world's wealth erodes good values >> Being a slave to wealth – Jesus told the rich young ruler that in order to get to heaven He had to inflict poverty on himself by his own volition and to convert from one of the richest men of his region to dirt poor. If anyone else would have told him to do this, he would have laughed in his face and maybe even hit him for being stupid. Instead, this miracle worker, the teacher of all, who had gained popularity with the people, recognized as the Messiah, told him to do this, meaning He was obligated to do it. This was a huge price to pay in order to get to heaven. We always hear that salvation is a free gift, but not to this rich man; to him it would cost him everything. We often quote Paul in Eph 2-8,9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” He also spoke about the futility of giving away all his possessions to feed the poor without love, “it profits me nothing.” Perhaps if he cultivated love he could hold on to his possessions, but Jesus was saying that this was impossible. Instead, Jesus promised that if he gave away all his possessions, love would find him. Halfway through giving away all his money, the faith he used to do it would have had a transformative effect on him and instilled love in his heart. So we see that Paul in first Corinthians chapter 13 was stating a mere anecdote, in that if someone actually did give away all his money, he would have had to do it in faith, and the faith would have transformed him and made him capable of love. The rich, young ruler was a nice guy but he didn’t have any real love in his heart. Being nice created an image he wanted people to see. Go through the Scriptures and look for the word “nice” and it is virtually absent. The Bible never commanded us to be nice, but “goodness” is pervasive throughout the Scriptures. There is a difference between “nice” and “good”: To be nice is self-promoting, but to be good seeks the glory of God.

Mk 10,17-25

(233g) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the kingdom >> Seek the kingdom by the flesh 

Mk 10,17-22

(90f) Thy kingdom come >> Keeping the law >> Law is our tutor >> It shows our need for Jesus -- This rich man was a good person in the eyes of the people. Jesus quoted him all the commandments that were not a problem to him; they were the commandments that pertained to the way he treated his fellow man, and he replied that he had kept them from his youth (note that coveting was not on the list). Jesus, however, failed to mention the most important commandment that he had not kept, "you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart...." The rich man came to Jesus for spiritual advice because he sensed there was something missing in his life. He was not keeping the first commandment because he was loving something else in God's place, the infamous unrighteous mammon. The rich man did not take what Jesus told him as a revelation, but as bad news, because though it was clear he had an interest in heaven, he wasn't going to give up his money over it. He was in bondage to idolatry; his wealth is where he gained his identity, and he couldn't visualize himself without it. 

Mk 10,17-21

(174d) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Form of godliness >> Self righteousness >> Trying to please God by your own good works -- The bible teaches that we can use how we relate to others as a thermometer of our relationship with God. Keep in mind that a thermometer only represents temperature; it is not the temperature itself. Too often people will use how they relate to others as their relationship with God, instead of properly using it to represent their status with Him. 99% of those who do not understand the grace of God will use the law to justify and calibrate themselves before God. They gravitate to this form of religion because it is easily malleable by emphasizing the good things they do and ignoring the bad things. They fail to understand, however, the rudimentary problem with man; the question is not how good or how bad we are, but whether we are forgiven. You can't be forgiven by being good, because then there would be nothing to forgive. The only thing good about us in the eyes of God is our faith in Him.

Mk 10-17,18

(133b) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holiness >> God is holy >> Jesus is holy

Mk 10-17

(159d) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Counterfeit godliness >> Counterfeit righteousness

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18-21 And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. 19 "You know the commandments, 'DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, Do not defraud, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.' " 20 And he said to Him, "Teacher, I have kept all these things from my youth up." 21 Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, "One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." 

 

Mk 10-18

(58k) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> Only God is good / Jesus is God -- Why did Jesus seem to deny that He was a Good person? This rich man had a misconception about being a good person; he was trying to get to heaven based on that position. He was probably not keen to the fact that Jesus was God in human flesh, since not even His disciples were on-to that. Jesus didn't want him thinking there could be someone good enough for God based on the way they lived, so instead of giving him a deep theological dissertation about his deity (and because He was trying to keep that fact under wraps), He just reminded him that only God is good. That is all the rich man needed to know anyway. It answered any question about being justified under the law, which was the rich man's strategy. Grace is grace, not because it allows us to do things that the law prohibits, but because it allows us to believe in God's righteousness and repent of the sins that the law condemns. 

Mk 10,19-23

(195a) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Idolatry >> Serving two masters >> You can only love one at a time – If we don’t acknowledge Christ, it is the first step in becoming an idolater. The best way to avoid the mindset of an idolater is to acknowledge God in all things. We are to always have our mind trained on Him, which is just the opposite of idolatry, which the rich, young ruler could not do because his mind was trained on his love of money. There is a slight difference between an idolater and the sin he commits. He is not an idolater just in regard to his sin, such as falling down and worshipping a statue; an idolater practices the absence of God, and that is the basis of His idolatry, the refusal to acknowledge God. The idolater acknowledges something other than God, and the Bible teaches that there is a demon behind every idol, and its intent is to twist his minds around its little finger, until he becomes so contorted in his behavior that he becomes worthless for any good work (Tit 1-16). He can be an idolater and avoid committing idolatry, avoid worshipping statues or whatever form of his idolatry, yet he is just as much an idolater because he doesn’t acknowledge God. Jesus was saying the only way this rich young man could acknowledge God in his life was to give up his wealth, because it was acting as a partition to separate him from Christ.

Mk 10,19-21

(208c) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Salvation verses >> The expectations of God >> God expects us to repent and be saved

(237m) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> The Church is transferred to the kingdom >> Transferred from the law to the Spirit

Mk 10-19

(80d) Thy kingdom come >> Know the word to learn the ways of God >> Leading to the truth

Mk 10,20-25

(182k) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Deceitfulness of riches

Mk 10,21-27

(209f) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Righteous saved with difficulty >> Righteous saved with hardship >> Righteous saved with grief

Mk 10,21-23

(242i) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Worldly pressure >> World pressures you to forsake your values

Mk 10-21

(44g) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Transformed >> Complete >> Lacking in nothing

(123c) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Love >> Spiritual affection >> Compassion is the emotion of the Spirit

(236h) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest your treasures into the kingdom >> Invest everything you value

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22-31 But at these words he was saddened, and he went away grieving, for he was one who owned much property. 23 And Jesus, looking around, said to His disciples, "How hard it will be for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!" 24 The disciples were amazed at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, "Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 "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." 26 They were even more astonished and said to Him, "Then who can be saved?" 27 Looking at them, Jesus said, "With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God." 28 Peter began to say to Him, "Behold, we have left everything and followed You." 29 Jesus said, "Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel's sake, 30 but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life. 31 "But many who are first will be last, and the last, first."

 

Mk 10,22-25

(22b) Sin >> Greed tries to satisfy man’s need for security >> The idolatry of greed

Mk 10-27

(213b) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> God is all powerful >> All things are possible with God – In this statement Jesus declared salvation to be impossible without God. In other words, a person cannot choose to be saved by his own volition. The only way salvation occurs is when God draws the person to Himself, and then the person can take steps to be saved, but apart from God drawing him, no one can be saved, simply because the person doesn’t know where to look. Nevertheless, the searching process is absolutely critical to finding God. The search for God can last sometimes decades. Human reality is like trying to make something set still while bobbing on an ocean of ideas. A person who seeks God is not interested in people’s opinions, but looks beyond human thought for something concrete and authoritative. We could say that people wrote the Bible, but by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Essentially, God wrote the Bible through man; it is authoritative; we can stand on it and know for certain that it won’t change. Tomorrow it will be the same. Many people have tried to debunked the Bible, but none of them can prove anything they say; it is all conjecture. They are not seeking the truth; they are seeking to remove the truth, trying to remove the light that is shining in their eyes. They want to live in a world of absolute darkness. If they don’t have Jesus abiding in them by the time they die, they will get their wish.

Mk 10,28-31

(131jb) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Many members but one body >> Many titles but one entity – Note that wife and husband are not mentioned, and the reason for this is that Jesus previously said that in the age to come “they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven” (Mk 12-25). Jesus was describing heaven; this is the kind of experience we will have in eternity. We will have houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, children and farms in heaven. He said we will also have them here through unity in the body of Christ. If there is unity, then this statement is true, but without unity this statement is false. Therefore, a lack of unity in the Church makes Jesus a liar as it pertains to this verse and many others. If the Church is united, then everybody who goes to that church is a brother and a sister to their peers, a mother and father to the younger, and are children to their elders, and all possessions belong to each another in that people are willing to help. Unity is the interaction of God’s people with each other, the network of souls sharing all things in common. A church that enjoys unity understands heaven and the Scriptures better than anyone.

(224c) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> Describing the kingdom after he makes all things new >> Description of the new creation – God intends to create another species of man, commanding them to increase and multiply as Adam and Eve did, and their numbers will increase to infinity throughout eternity, and God will put us in charge of them, and we will have mothers and fathers and children and brothers and sisters, as many as we can possibly imagine. The only difference between them and us is that God will withhold the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil from them. They will be innocent, not knowing evil. We will try to explain sin to them but they will never understand it, like God trying to explain past eternity to us; we can't understand it because we never experienced it. The attraction to the tree in the midst of the garden to Adam and Eve was their desire to experience sin first-hand, but they had to sacrifice their relationship with God to receive it. Now man is all the better for knowing good and evil, thanks to Jesus who redeemed us from the curse of sin and death, because now we have both our relationship with God restored and the knowledge of evil intact. He has caused us to benefit from man’s mistake beyond our wildest dreams. We are so far above and beyond what God had initially created. Man’s knowledge of evil will make us very useful to God in the ages to come as He continues to create a future without sin, for now He has us as His witnesses, who can lead His creation in positive directions away from evil without God commanding them and ending up in a mess as with Adam and Eve.

Mk 10-28

(100j) Thy kingdom come >> Devotion in your ministry to God >> Fulfill God’s calling in your life -- This verse goes with verses 32-34

Mk 10,29-31

(243f) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Persecuting the Church of God

Mk 10-31

(56i) Paradox >> Opposites >> Last is first and the first is last

(73a) Authority >> Hierarchy of authority >> Authority makes you accountable >> Kingdom of God is opposite of the world

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32-34 They were on the road going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking on ahead of them; and they were amazed, and those who followed were fearful. And again He took the twelve aside and began to tell them what was going to happen to Him, 33 saying, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and will hand Him over to the Gentiles. 34 "They will mock Him and spit on Him, and scourge Him and kill Him, and three days later He will rise again."

 

Mk 10,32-34

(100j) Thy kingdom come >> Devotion >> In your ministry to God >> Fulfill God’s calling in your life -- These verses go with verse 28. While they were walking the people became fearful as Jesus walked ahead of them with His gaze fixed on Jerusalem. Why was He so fixated on Jerusalem? His purpose for being born was coming to fruition, and the moment had come to give His life a ransom for His brothers and sisters who would believe in Him for eternal life. The vision He had with His Father of creating a people for His own possession was about to become a reality. He and His Father had been thinking about this moment from eternity past, but He was also fixated on it to keep from walking the other way. The cross was the reason God sent Him into the world in the first place. The cross was His destiny; it literally defined Him as the Son of God. The cross was His way back to the Father. He anticipated the cross, but He mourned over it at the same time. The decision had already been made when the Father fertilized Mary’s womb with the Son of God through the Holy Spirit. This march to Jerusalem was the beginning of His resolution to realize His destiny, and the Garden of Gethsemane was the fulfillment of that commitment. In the garden He was tempted to get off His knees and run for His life, but He remained on His knees and submitted to His Father. Every moment that passed was a moment His enemies gained on Him, the closer to His suffering, and a second less He had to change His mind. He just stayed there and let them arrest Him and took the punishment that followed. He marched to Jerusalem not behind everybody, cowering, but leading the way; it was everybody else who was tentative and fearful for His sake. They thought He was crazy for what He was doing; they knew what would happen to Him; Jerusalem was headquarters of the Pharisees, Scribes, chief priests and all the attendants of the tabernacle. We would think these would be first to receive Him, because they knew the Scriptures, yet they called for His death, and they chanted for His blood until all Jerusalem chimed with them.

(105la) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Led by the Spirit into the fire >> Into the wilderness >> Wilderness of pain

(118i) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Giving God your attention >> Resolutely focus on the glory of God >> Focus on the direction He is leading you

(234g) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> Sold out >> Placing no boundaries on your commitment to God >> Completely given over to the will of God

(241ia) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Persecution to the death >> Kill Jesus by the predetermined plan of God >> Jesus forewarned His disciples

Mk 10-33,34

(99i) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> Enduring circumstances >> Humiliation – When we look at some of the things Jesus said would happen to Him, one of the things He specifically mentioned was that they would spit on Him. Compare that with some of the torturous violence they imposed on Him, God almighty spat on by his own creation, this was something that was hard for Him to accept. He put it right up there with being skinned alive with a whip and nailed to a cross. He endured the humiliation for our sake that we could be accepted into His heaven after this life, and that we might use His example in our own lives, whenever something just as humiliating happens, we know to endure it for His sake, just as He endured for our sake.

(152h) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> Jesus is a prophet >> Jesus prophesies about the fulfillment of Scripture


 

35-45 James and John, the two sons of Zebedee, came up to Jesus, saying, "Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask of You." 36 And He said to them, "What do you want Me to do for you?" 37 They said to Him, "Grant that we may sit, one on Your right and one on Your left, in Your glory." 38 But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?" 39 They said to Him, "We are able." And Jesus said to them, "The cup that I drink you shall drink; and you shall be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized. 40 "But to sit on My right or on My left, this is not Mine to give; but it is for those for whom it has been prepared." 41 Hearing this, the ten began to feel indignant with James and John. 42 Calling them to Himself, Jesus said to them, "You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them. 43 "But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; 44 and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all. 45 "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."

 

Mk 10,35-45

(56l) Paradox >> Opposites >> Greatest are least in the eyes of God

Mk 10,35-41

(23d) Sin >> Pride wants to be first – The question that James and John asked Jesus was very revealing about the comfort level they had with the Lord, suggesting that Jesus was very approachable, not just to his disciples but to everybody. They probably had some expectation level about Him granting their request; after all, Jesus did say, “Ask and you will receive.” So they asked Him if they could have first place in His kingdom, and they received an answer—No. These were some of Jesus closest disciples, and Jesus made it sound as though they would not be sitting next to Him. Jesus alluded to the idea that these seats were reserved for somebody else, meaning someone was predestined to sit there. God knew who would sit there from the very first day of eternity. This was not something Jesus knew; for those who think that Jesus was all-knowing, he wasn’t. He was the word of God well enough, meaning that Jesus knew everything that His Father wanted Him to know, for the Father was Jesus’ source of truth and knowledge and wisdom, and He had a finite amount of it. After Jesus ascended to heaven and entered into His glory, He sat at the right hand of His Father, and then He regained possession of all knowledge, truth and wisdom, which He relinquished at conception in the womb of His mother Mary.

Mk 10,35-40

(17e) Sin >> Judging in the flesh >> Based on greed – You could say these boys were evil for making such a preposterous request of the Lord, but perhaps they were one of the few who were actually listening to Jesus’ dialog about asking "anything in my name and I will do it" (Jn 14-14). Of course they put their human twist of greed on it, but their theology was right; they felt free to ask for very big things. That is what Christ had been teaching them all along. Now all they have to do is ask for the right big things and He will be happy to oblige them. However, to ask for the right big things they will have to change their hearts, and that is the hard part.

(76b) Thy kingdom come >> Motives >> Seeking authority for security >> Motives based on desire for power

(196h) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Immaturity >> Not mature enough to love God

(217b) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> God Is Independent Of His Creation >> No one can tell God what to do

(241c) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Hindering the kingdom >> Obstacles in the way of the kingdom >> Ask but don’t receive >> Asking with wrong motives -- Fortunately, God doesn't give us everything we ask of Him, like these two guys didn't get what they wanted. We perfectly understand why James and John didn't get their prayers answered, but we often don't understand why our prayers go unanswered. The truth is often difficult to accept, but there is probably just as good a reason why we don't get what we want from God as the reasons they didn't get what they wanted. Down the road we often can see the past more clearly and can better understand why our desires then were not good. At the time everything seems to make sense. Its the things that make sense to us that confuse us the most, just like being lost in the woods and are sure we know which way is north. If we know which way is north, then why are we still lost? If your life is confusing to you now, give it time; things will clear up, and you will see the way you should have gone. The question though is always: which way should I go today? That answer is never as easy. Pray about it, but make sure you are praying for things God wants you to have; then you can't go wrong! 

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Mk 10-35

(167c) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Carnality/Secularism (Mindset of the world) >> The carnal mind is set on the flesh >> Wanting authority without responsibility

Mk 10-39

(17k) Sin >> Unrighteous judgment >> Ignorance >> Misinterpreting Jesus

(59c) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> You shall drink my cup and experience my baptism / Your cup and baptism are not like mine – Jesus asked James and John, “Are you able to drink the cup that I drink and be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” and they answered, “we are able.” For Jesus to ask them this question implies that the answer was No, but they answered Yes. This was arrogant on the part of His disciples. The cup that Jesus drank and His baptism were different from the cup of His disciples and their baptisms. The fact that the disciples were already baptized by John and that Jesus was speaking in future tense, suggests that He was talking about the baptism of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost in which they would be immersed in an anointing that would prepare them for their future, which would involve drinking a cup filled with suffering that they would have to endure, just like Jesus but not to the same level. The amount of suffering they endured could not hold a candle to the suffering that Jesus endured, for not only did He endure the cross, but He also took on the sins of the whole world, being immersed in them, though having never committed a sin of His own. Imagine the misery of sinners throughout their lives, and then multiply that by the number of people who have ever lived, and that represents the amount of suffering Jesus endured on the cross, at His death and in hell, reaching near infinity, until the Father fished Him from the bottomless pit and placed Him at His right hand in a state of glory that far exceeded His former heavenly glory.

Mk 10,41-45

(130i) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Accept one another >> Accepting the great and the small >> Great leaders accept small people

Mk 10-41

(17l) Sin >> Unrighteous judgment >> Discerning by the flesh >> Making distinctions between each other

Mk 10,42-45

(13k) Servant >> Serve God though small in stature >> Greatest is the least – The Kingdom of God is opposite of the world system. Jesus said that world leaders lord it over those they govern, whereas God’s leaders are the greatest servants of the Church. God never intended the world to be this way; the whole world would stand to benefit from its leaders if they followed the pattern of leadership as outlined in Scripture and serve the people instead of expecting the people to serve them. God's church is based squarely on the principle of humility. It seems that whenever someone tries to make terms with God to give them whatever they want, they always ask for the moon. In the next verses (42-45) He reminds them that the world seeks positions of authority in order to lord themselves over the masses, but the Kingdom of God is not based on competitive oppression, but is in fact the direct opposite of the world. The greatest is the least and the least is greatest. These are immutable spiritual laws to ensure humility sown into the fabric of God's kingdom, so that anyone who wants to make his mark in the Church will have to first humble himself and become servant of all, and the hotshot among them will not receive the attention from the people in a spiritual church who knows the truth. A person can set up a cult to resemble the ways of the world where the greatest is the greatest and the least is least for the sake of lording themselves over the people, but neither the leaders of that church nor the Church itself will be recognized before God as a member of His body. 

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46-48 Then they came to Jericho. And as He was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a large crowd, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the road. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" 48 Many were sternly telling him to be quiet, but he kept crying out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" 

 

Mk 10,46-52

(35e) Gift of God >> God is willing to Give >> Ask to receive -- Jesus asked this question twice, "What do you want me to do for you?," once to James and John, who asked of Him for an erroneous favor, and once to the blind beggar, who asked according to His will. Just because Jesus asks us what we want doesn't mean we will get whatever we ask. He told His disciple in Jn 14-14, "Ask me anything and I will do it," but there were parameters surrounding that statement in the next verse, "If you love me, you will keep my commandments." In order to keep His commandments we must know what they are. Now we must learn what is the will of God, and in discovering that we build a relationship with Him, leading us to make request according to his will (1Jn 5-14,15). 

(43g) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Perfect (mature) >> Flawless

(114c) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Obeying the Holy Spirit >> Believing the Father by obeying the Son >> Obeying Jesus’ ways

(145e) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Pursuing the healing power of God – The fact that the Bible not only mentions Bartimaeus’ name but also mentions his father’s name “Timaeus”, indicates the significance of this blind man. He wasn’t just another face in the crowd but a person of great faith. Bartimaeus heard about Jesus that He was a miracle worker and that He had opened the eyes of the blind and the ears of the deaf and performed many other miracles. Note that Bartimaeus called Him the son of David. He was only aware of Jesus’ identity as a miracle worker, though he may have correctly understood Him as Israel’s Messiah. Actually, anybody with a remnant of faith would have known that Jesus was the Jewish Messiah by the miracles He performed and by the words He spoke.

(194b) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Run to God >> Run to Jesus when He calls for you

(219h) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> The elect >> God chooses us as we choose ourselves >> God chooses us through our faithfulness

(234aa) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the glory of God >> God chooses us as we seek His glory >> As we appeal to Him – The more people tried to silence Bartimaeus the louder he summoned the Lord who alone could help him, and when Jesus called for Bartimaeus, the very people who were trying to silence him were now leading him to His side. Jesus had all authority in heaven and on earth, yet when His time came, he allowed sinners to lay their hands on Him, to mistreat Him and kill Him, and in the same way some people are healed and others are not. Jesus had created an environment of faith around Him when he commanded Bartimaeus to approach Him. He spoke with authority, so the fact that Jesus was calling him epitomized his healing; then after Jesus spoke the words, he literally regained his sight.

Mk 10,46-48

(82d) Thy kingdom come >> Three elements of prayer >> Our approach >> How to pray -- If you were blind and a known miracle worker walked passed you, what would you do and to what extreme would you go to get His attention? Would you let people who could see tell you to be quiet? What would you stand to gain by listening to them, their approval? Is that what Bartimaeus was after, or did he want his eyesight? What if you received a revelation from the Holy Spirit and decided to pursue it with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. You invested many hours a day in the word of God and prayer, until it became obvious to those around you that you were spending an exorbitant portion of your life with God. Would you listen to your critics as they "advised" you about how you should live your life? And if you told them what they should do with their life, would they listen to you? If you want to get Jesus' attention, pray like

Mk 10-46,47

(219g) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> The elect >> God chooses us as we choose ourselves >> God chooses us as we fulfill His calling -- Do you believe in predestination, that Bartimaeus was on God's schedule to receive his sight that faithful day? There is no indication in Scripture that Jesus would have healed Bartimaeus had he not called out to Him. Although the Bible is quite clear about the concept of predestination, both these statements are true at the same time: Bartimaeus was scheduled to receive his sight, and Jesus would not have stopped had Bartimaeus not called out to him. You could say then that Bartimaeus was predestined to call out to Christ, suggesting that our actions and responses are prescheduled to occur. This, however, would no longer allow us to be free agents. The fact that God has made us totally free to exercise our will to do whatever we want defines us as being made in the image of God, and He cannot violate our free will without redefining who and what He has made. Therefore, just because it has been predetermined what we will do does not mean that God has tampered with His creation. He hasn't made us do anything; He simply knows what we are going to do next. Since Bartimaeus was required to fulfill his calling before Jesus could choose to heal him, this statement is true: God chooses us as we choose ourselves. This may not be the whole story on the subject of predestination (I don't think anyone has the full story on that), but I think its explanation is an accurate and balanced model as far as it could reach. 

Mk 10,47-52

(32d) Gift of God >> God is our Father >> Grace >> The grace of God’s healing power There are three levels of faith as it pertains to healing in the Scriptures: (1) Jesus rubbed mud in one man’s eyes before he could see, (2) Jesus touched the person before he could be healed, and (3) Jesus spoke healing over certain people without making any physical contact at all. Where there is less physical contact there is more faith. Jesus exonerated the Roman official whose servant was healed by the word of Christ alone without Jesus having to physically go to him. The Roman official exclaimed, “Just say the word, and my servant will be healed” (Lk 7,6-10). How did the Roman official know that Jesus could heal that way? He understood the government of heaven, being similar to that on earth; there is a hierarchy to it. Authority disseminates from God’s throne like authority disseminates from the office of the president. The Roman official stood as a testimony of faith in regard to healing. Receiving a touch from the Master’s hand is always good, but He healed in those cases when the person’s faith wasn’t strong enough to receive the divine virtue through His word alone. God does all things through His word; the touch of the Master’s hand was essentially a way to help the person being healed to believe. Jesus’ touch had no effect on the person’s healing. In other words the healing virtue did not travel through Jesus’ hand, but through the word of Christ that originated from heaven, and it is through the word of Christ that all are healed. It is through His word that all things exist.

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Mk 10,47-49

(1h) Responsibility >> Avoid offending God >> False burden >> Serving God in ignorance >> Not knowing His will – What people say and what Jesus said were in direct opposition to each other. People were telling this blind man to shut-up, and Jesus told him to come forward. People told him that Jesus didn’t want to see him, but Jesus said to bring the man to Him. People said that Jesus didn’t care about him, but Jesus stopped what He was doing to focus on his needs, not because he was blind and not because he was calling for Him, but because of his faith. If we entreat the Lord with genuine faith, He will stop whatever He is doing and focus His attention on our needs in total disregard to what people would teach us about God. Why were people telling him to be quiet? He was probably yelling at the top of his lungs and being obnoxious, hurting people’s ears. Possibly, they didn’t want to believe that Jesus would be concerned about a person like him. They wanted to believe that Jesus cared about people like them, but the fact is Jesus cares about anybody who believes in Him.

(68b) Authority >> Doing God’s work under His authority >> Natural Ministry of helps – It says in other passages that people were carrying the sick and the lamb to Jesus for healing, but this man didn’t have someone to advocate for him; he had to advocate for himself, and when he did, initially instead of getting assistance, he got suppressed, indicating that he was an undesirable, yet he had faith in Jesus, and that is all he needed to get Jesus’ attention. People changed their tune immediately after Jesus stopped and called the man to Himself; people then suddenly wanted to fall in line with the word of Christ, but until Jesus spoke they had their own views about God's will, and they were imposing their views on the blind man. To better serve God and find His will in our lives, we need to understand His will for all people. They should have known that Jesus would be interested in a man like him, whose faith debunked the unbelief surrounding him. Jesus was waiting for someone to escort the man to His side without being told, but nobody volunteered, and so Jesus had to request an escort for the blind man.

Mk 10-47,48

(99l) Thy kingdom come >> Perseverance (Working to keep in motion) >> Persevere in prayer

Mk 10-48

(164j) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world is at enmity with God >> The world hates the Church -- Let's use blind Bartimaeus as a microcosm of the Church. The fact that Jesus is passing by represents revival. The Church raises her voice to get the attention of her master and the world discourages the Church from seeking God, because it knows if it grows strong the Church will hold the world responsible for its actions and convict the world of having no relationship with God. So long as the Church is disconnected from her Lord she is merely annoying, but when she hooks up with Christ, she will receive her sight to see just how filthy the world really is. 

 

49-52 And Jesus stopped and said, "Call him here." So they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take courage, stand up! He is calling for you." 50 Throwing aside his cloak, he jumped up and came to Jesus. 51 And answering him, Jesus said, "What do you want Me to do for you?" And the blind man said to Him, "Rabboni, I want to regain my sight!" 52 And Jesus said to him, "Go; your faith has made you well." Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road.

 

Mk 10,49-52

(121d) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Hope is the expectation to receive >> God initiates His interest – There is only one piece missing from every healing, our faith. God’s will is already present; we don’t need to entreat God to change His mind to heal us. The blind man’s faith told him that it was the will of God that he should be healed, but he still needed to hear the words of Christ for his faith to be complete. Jesus is in heaven and we will never see Him in this life, but He has sent the Holy Spirit in His place, and He ministers to us in the same way that Jesus would if He were bodily present. The benefit of the Holy Spirit is that He can minister to all of us at the same time, whereas Jesus was just one man. What we need in order to be healed is a word from the Spirit indicating the Lord’s specific will for our healing. We may understand the general will of God for everyone to be healthy, in that the curse did not come from God but from His absence. The specific will of God is in the voice of the Holy Spirit; we need to find His voice.

Mk 10-49

(150a) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Invitation to the Kingdom of God -- Now let's use blind Bartimaeus as a microcosm of the world, and those around Him as members of the Church. People in the world who are lonely for God cry out to Him. Jesus hears their cries, and commands His church to evangelize the world. Those who are destined to receive eternal life respond to the message of the Church, who leads the world to Christ, who gives them their sight. 

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Mk 10-50

(174c) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Man’s religion >> Good traditions (Exception to bad religion) >> Overcoming religion

(190e) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Circumcision >> Undressing >> Take off your sins -- Bartimaeus casting his cloak aside represents circumcision, the shedding of the foreskin, and circumcision represents taking off your sins, which signifies repentance. Bartimaeus cast off his cloak prior to approaching Christ, so he wouldn't trip over it along the way, implying that sin as an impediment to our spiritual walk with God. Heb 12-1 says, "Let us lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." 

Mk 10-51,52

(83b) Thy kingdom come >> Receiving from God through prayer >> Ask and it shall be given – It was obvious to everybody what the blind man wanted from Jesus, but instead of just giving it to him, the Lord asked the blind man to state his desire. This is a clear indication of how God wants us to pray; He wants us to express our interests and desires. The importance of this is to draw a straight and definitive line between our request and the answer to our prayers. The things we received from His hand were meticulously scalped into words, so the devil cannot come later and try to convince us that our needs were supplied by coincidence and not through the agency of prayer. We have a record of specifically asking God for certain things, so when He answers our prayer, we can give glory to God in full assurance of faith.

(145a) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Healing >> Methods of healing >> Healed by speaking the word – Jesus didn’t have to touch the blind man, he had so much faith. He just need Jesus to tell Him that his sight was restored. The word that Jesus said to him represented the Father’s will to heal his blindness and to answer his prayer. Jesus said, “Your faith has made you well.” This doesn’t mean the man’s faith literally made him well, as though to exclude God from his healing; rather, it means God healed him through his faith. To say the man’s faith healed him and not God is essentially the new age philosophy in a nutshell. It is like saying to a man who wants to go from Colorado to California, ‘Go, your gasoline will get you there.’ That’s not true; we cannot fill up a giant tank with gasoline and sit on the tank and expect to go anywhere. Instead, his car will get him there, but his car needs gasoline to work. The car represents God and the gasoline represents the blind man's faith.

Mk 10-52

(93k) Thy kingdom come >> Following Jesus as He lights the way

(216a) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> Suddenly >> Being healed without delay

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