Chapter 9 of Mark ends up talking about the fact that salt that has lost its saltiness can not be made salty again. A whole lot of focus on salt. We often hear this verse and focus on the salt aspect… but the last part of the verse and chapter almost seems like it is thrown in at the end.
“And Be at peace with one another”
It just seems thrown in there. We have to remember that the original books of the Bible were not written how we see it now. there were no chapters and verse numbers. So as we jump into chapter 10, think about that last statement about being at peace with others.
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Divorce is the first topic after that statement about being at peace with others. The Pharasees are still trying to trip him up. They ask Jesus about divorce. Jesus makes it clear that God intended for marriage to be between a man and woman and that it was supposed to be a covenant relationship.
The chapter then transitions from marriage to the fact that children should be allowed to come to Him. We have a conversation that is obviously a hot topic in today’s world. Definition of what a marriage is and trying to comprehend God’s definition of marriage and His view on divorce is not popular to the world. Yet here is a piece about how children can grasp God.
Next a rich man comes to Jesus… he is unwilling to change his life, but someone who puts himself last will be first.
Jesus enters Jerusalem, turns the tables over in the temple. He curses a fig tree… and then his authority is challenged. His authority is dripping in this chapter, and yet it is still challenged. wow.
The big takeaway from this chapter to me was Jesus warning the disciples and those following Him, to beware of the scribes. They walk around in their robes and want to be seen. They take the best seats. They take the place of honor. Direct contradiction to the last being first principle.
Jesus foretells of the temple’s destruction. This raises a few more eyebrows with the leaders and those who follow them. They wonder what it is that he is talking about. He then goes on to talk some end times discussion. No parables anymore… just telling what is gonna happen.
The plot to kill Jesus heightens. Judas, the betrayer, is in his role. The Passover happens. The betrayal and arrest of Jesus happens…
But, What is this weirdness about a young man fleeing naked? What’s up with that?
Jesus is led to the council who will judge him and Peter denies Jesus.
Pilate is now in the scene. He finds himself in the midst of a story that he really doesn’t want to be a part. Jesus doesn’t speak. He ends up being sentenced to the cross. Barabbas is freed. Jesus is mocked. The crucifixion happens. Jesus dies. The centurion’s famous words, “Truly this man was the Son of God,” are uttered.
Resurrection Sunday! He is Alive!
He appears to the women,
He appears to two disciples in the country. He just seems to appear in places and then disappears.
The Great Commission is given to the Apostles.