We read in this text Jesus’ encounter with the Pharisees on the subject of divorce while he was in the region of Judea. They asked him if it was lawful to divorce ones wife knowing fully well that the law of Moses permits this. Jesus however made them to understand that Moses permitted divorce because of the hardness of their heart, divorce was never in God’s agenda right from the beginning, for what God has joined together, should by no way be put asunder under any guise. According to Jesus, anyone who divorces his or her spouse and marry another is automatically guilty of adultery.
Jesus rebuked his disciples for hindering Children from coming to him and he revealed to them that entering and accepting the kingdom of God is synonymous to how a little child will accept it, thus underscoring the importance of accepting the gospel in its simplicity. Just after this a wealthy man accosted him and asked for the prerequisite for eternal life, Jesus referred him to the law but he was quick to testify of his faithfulness in observing the laws of Moses. One last thing said Jesus, sell all you have, give to the poor and follow me, but he became sad and walked away as this was too difficult for him to do.
Jesus is teaching from this text that our actions and righteousness should not be based on the law, we have moved from the dispensation of the law and now under the dispensation of grace. Divorce is right according to the law but forgiveness is living a superior life according to grace. Obeying the Ten Commandments is right according to the law but by observing this no one could attain to the righteousness which can only come by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. The wealthy man was to choose between keeping his wealth and accepting to follow Jesus but he chose the former not knowing that wealth cannot give eternal life but when you have Jesus you have wealth and eternal life.
I no longer live under to the law which leads to death but I live under grace through faith in Christ Jesus and I have eternal life.
Reading – Mark 10:1-25
10 Jesus then left that place and went into the region of Judea and across the Jordan.Again crowds of people came to him, and as was his custom, he taught them.
2 Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”
3 “What did Moses command you?” he replied.
4 They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.”
5 “It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,” Jesus replied.6 “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’[a] 7 ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,[b] 8 and the two will become one flesh.’[c] So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
10 When they were in the house again, the disciples asked Jesus about this. 11 He answered, “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. 12 And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery.”
The Little Children and Jesus
13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
The Rich and the Kingdom of God
17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’[d]”
20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”
21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”
24 The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is[e] to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
- Mark 10:6 Gen. 1:27
- Mark 10:7 Some early manuscripts do not have and be united to his wife.
- Mark 10:8 Gen. 2:24
- Mark 10:19 Exodus 20:12-16; Deut. 5:16-20
- Mark 10:24 Some manuscripts is for those who trust in riches
All scriptural passages are taken from the NIV version of the bible.