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Mark Chapter 10 Eye of the Needle

Posted by adventbiblestudy on May 28, 2013


Mark 10:1-2 NLTse Then Jesus left Capernaum and went down to the region of Judea and into the area east of the Jordan River. Once again crowds gathered around him, and as usual he was teaching them. (2) Some Pharisees came and tried to trap him with this question: “Should a man be allowed to divorce his wife?”

 

Jesus was teaching. Do you think Jesus was teaching about divorce? Or does this show the Pharisees were not paying attention but had their minds focused on their thoughts and traditions? How does this reflect on the world today?

 

Mark 10:6-9 NLTse But ‘God made them male and female’ from the beginning of creation. (7) ‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, (8) and the two are united into one.’ Since they are no longer two but one, (9) let no one split apart what God has joined together.”

 

Jesus does not point out their faults, but points them to scripture. I wonder if any of the Pharisees went back to look at the scripture Jesus referred to. Jesus actually referred to two portions of scripture.

 

Genesis 1:26-28 NLTse Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like ourselves. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” (27) So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (28) Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”

 

Man and woman are created in God’s image, to be like God, to rule over this world like God rules over the universe. Jesus came to restore the image of God distorted by men and the religious leaders.

 

Genesis 2:21-25 NLTse So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the LORD God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the opening. (22) Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man. (23) “At last!” the man exclaimed. “This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken from ‘man.'” (24) This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one. (25) Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.

 

Adam did nothing to choose his wife. Eve was a gift from God, created from Adam’s rib. Adam knew how close they had to be. Adam was created in God’s image. Adam spent time with God before Eve was created. During that time God taught Adam lessons about a relationship. God taught Adam what unconditional love is when He gave Adam everything. God showed Adam what love and trust really are before He brought him Eve.

 

Mark 10:15 NLTse I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”

 

Not only did Jesus point us back to Eden, He added a lesson to show us how we need to learn. We have to be like Adam and Eve, new born children of God, created in a perfect world. It was one of the lessons Jesus is trying to teach. To learn about a relationship with Him, we have to put ourselves back into the garden, to look and understand what Jesus is offering us. Don’t look at the world and what it has to offer. It is too tainted by sin to show us a clear picture of the image of God we are created in.

 

Mark 10:17-18 NLTse As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (18) “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good.

 

The Spirit continues the lesson by adding more detail. Ask, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus is our only teacher. Jesus points us back to God. The major role of a prophet is to always point people to a personal relationship with God, in addition to remembering we are created in God’s image and our hope lies in the vision of Eden. This is what Jesus came to accomplish.

 

Mark 10:19-21 NLTse But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. You must not cheat anyone. Honor your father and mother.'” (20) “Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.” (21) Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

 

Jesus also points us to God’s commandments while adding another reminder of how God supplies every need for Adam and Eve in the garden. There was no use for money, wealth, riches, power, or glory. God gave us more than we will ever need.

 

Mark 10:24-25 NLTse This amazed them. But Jesus said again, “Dear children, it is very hard to enter the Kingdom of God. (25) In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”

 

Jesus added a lesson few are able to understand. People have tried for generations to explain this parable in earthy, physical terms and have failed. What can a man, every man and woman fit through the eye of a needle? The Lord answered, “If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘May you be uprooted and thrown into the sea,’ and it would obey you (Luke 17:6 NLTse).

 

Our faith can fit through the eye of a needle. People try and try to apply a physical interpretation to this parable because they still believe they have to do something to be saved. They still believe salvation is in their hands. So they try and try forcing themselves through the eye of a needle to be saved.

 

The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked. Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.” (Mark 10:26-27 NLTse).

 

Jesus tells us what we need to be saved, rely on God, and continues His lesson by teaching the message we are supposed to take to the world.

 

“Listen,” he said, “we’re going up to Jerusalem, where the Son of Man will be betrayed to the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. They will sentence him to die and hand him over to the Romans. They will mock him, spit on him, flog him with a whip, and kill him, but after three days he will rise again.” (Mark 10:33-34 NLTse).

 

Jesus’ message to this world is God’s plan of salvation. Nothing more, nothing less. Did the disciples accept Jesus’ message?

 

Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came over and spoke to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do us a favor.” “What is your request?” he asked. They replied, “When you sit on your glorious throne, we want to sit in places of honor next to you, one on your right and the other on your left.” (Mark 10:35-37 NLTse).

 

Greed still blocked their hearts from understanding Jesus’ message. They were not concerned with salvation or how to enter into Heaven. They were concerned about themselves. They missed the lesson Jesus just told them. But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.” (Mark 10:31 NLTse).

 

We see a lot of this today. Every church wants to announce and prove they are the greatest. They base their teaching on traditions and doctrine. The very subjects Jesus warned His disciples not to teach. Yet they do it anyway. They forgot about Eden, being created in God’s image, how God joined man and woman together in a relationship symbolizing the relationship God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit need to have with us before our faith will fit through that needle. The message has been missed, but is never lost.

 

Jesus explained it best in His own words. So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:42-45 NLTse).

 

The Spirit continued to place Jesus in the perfect situation to continue the lesson.

 

Mark 10:46-48 NLTse Then they reached Jericho, and as Jesus and his disciples left town, a large crowd followed him. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting beside the road. (47) When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (48) “Be quiet!” many of the people yelled at him. But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

 

The Spirit guides a blind man to Jesus. The people try to keep him away from Jesus just like traditions and doctrines which split and separate churches today serve only to keep people away from Jesus. But Jesus continues to call.

 

Mark 10:49 NLTse When Jesus heard him, he stopped and said, “Tell him to come here.” So they called the blind man. “Cheer up,” they said. “Come on, he’s calling you!”

 

Jesus also continues to teach.

 

Mark 10:50-52 NLTse Bartimaeus threw aside his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus. (51) “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked. “My rabbi,” the blind man said, “I want to see!” (52) And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.

 

Faith in Jesus is the only thing that can heal us the religious leaders and the separated, blind churches. Faith enough to fit through the eye of a needle.
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