There are five groups of people or individuals as recorded in Mark 10 that seem to represent different attitudes toward Jesus, the Son of the Living God. These attitudes are seen as well today. Let us briefly explore each class of people and ask the question what do they want from Jesus Christ?
1 The Pharisees (The Religious Bureaucrats)- Mark 10:2 KJV, “And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him.” Here the obvious want of Pharisees is not truth, for they studied the ecclesiastical law as their career. They want to tempt or test Jesus so they can accuse Him and doubt His clam as the Son of God.
2 The Young Children (The Blessed Hearers)- Mark 10:15-16 KJV, “Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.” These little children were brought by their parents to hear Jesus Christ. They are innocent and trusting. What do they want from Jesus? To be touched and be blessed by Christ Himself.
3 The Rich Young Ruler (The Businessman)- Mark 10: 17-18 KJV, “And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.” Jesus truthfully reveals here the only True God the Father, as the only one who is good, which all Jew believes. The businessman wants confirmation of his status and works as good not to follow Jesus. He walks away sorrowful.
4 The Disciples (The Bodyguards)- Mark 10: 23-24 KJV, “And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!” Peter asked, “who then can be saved.” And he continued, “We have left all, and have followed thee.” From this record one can safely say the disciples want positions in the Kingdom of God. They were with Jesus but they did not comprehend the plan of salvation yet. They want something in return for their service.
5 Bartimaeus (The Blind Man)-Mark 10:46 KJV, “And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.” Verses 51-52 concludes, “And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.” Bartimaeus wants to see. Jesus Christ gave him what he wants.
The Ten Commandments are honored in this chapter and magnified by Jesus. What do you want from the Son of God?
Sincerely in the Blessed Hope.
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