Mark 10:35-45 Seating Arrangements Argument

God has His own seating chart made up

God has His own seating chart made up

Jesus and His disciples are still on their way to Jerusalem. He had just finished telling them about His impending death when James and John ask Him a favor.

Something that puzzles me is the timing of James and John’s request. They make this request right after hearing Jesus say He was going to die and rise again. They had no clue what the “rise again” portion meant, but they certainly understood death. Jesus was also telling them it would happen THIS trip to Jerusalem. How could they be thinking of themselves at this time? What kind of Kingdom were they expecting Jesus to be establishing? Were they trying to distract Jesus from His talk about His death? Read more »

Mark 10:1-12 Divorce Hurts God Too

Every heart is broken in the process

Every heart is broken in the process

Today we join Jesus somewhere beyond the Jordan in the region of Judea. As expected He has drawn another crowd. And also as expected, He is ministering to them through teaching. I wonder if teaching was one of Jesus’ favorite things to offer the people.

We are not told what Jesus was teaching on during this interaction. I’m wondering if it is what prompted the question the Pharisees’ question or if they came with a line of attack already prepared. Whichever avenue led to the interaction between the Pharisees, the people got to benefit from another lesson. Read more »

Mark 9:42-50 Get Rid of It

I'd rather have Him holding my heart than a scalpel

I’d rather have Him holding my heart than a scalpel

Jesus is finishing up His instructions to His disciples in the house in Capernaum. Certainly not the last of His instructions overall, but the last of this session. The main point in this section is, if it is in your way of serving Him, GET RID OF IT.

Jesus starts by turning His attention back to the child He has been holding during their discussion. Jesus says that anyone who causes on of His little ones who believe in Him to sin, they would be better off dead and thrown into the sea. In other words, they will face Jesus, the one who drove the money changers out of the temple with a whip, over it. He takes it personally when someone hurts His children. Read more »

Mark 9:38-41 Jesus’ Authority Recognized and Used

Learning at His feet

Learning at His feet

We are still with Jesus and His disciples in the house in Capernaum. They came here after finishing their private trek through Galilee when Jesus was explaining His impending death and resurrection. Today we are going to look at the second thing that was noticed along the journey.

After being called on the carpet for arguing about who was the greatest among themselves, Peter brings up another issue from the trip. Peter tells Jesus that as they were walking they noticed people casting out demons in Jesus’ name. When the disciples noticed this going on they told the ones ministering in this fashion to stop because that minister wasn’t one of those following Jesus on His daily journey. In other words, they weren’t part of the “in crowd.” Read more »

Mark 9:33-37 Oh to be On His Lap

On Jesus' lap

On Jesus’ lap

Jesus and His disciples have reached Capernaum after their walk through the region of Galilee. Once they get there they go into a house. Jesus wants to discuss some of the behavior along the way.

I was trying to figure out where Jesus and the disciples started out from and how long it took them to get back to Capernaum. I was wondering how long this journey was. The beginning of the journey happened soon after Jesus, Peter, James and John joined the disciples at the foot of the mountain following Jesus’ transfiguration. So I did a little research on the location for Jesus’ transfiguration.

Not being a bible scholar myself, I turned again to the internet for some answers. I learned that there are no definite answers but only educated guesses. The location is believed to be either on Mt. Tabor or Mt. Hermon. Mt. Tabor is to the south of Capernaum by about 40-50 miles while Mt. Hermon is north by 30-40 miles. More scholars hold to the Mt. Hermon location but the Catholic Church holds to the Mt. Tabor location and has erected a monastery there known as the Basilica of the Transfiguration. Two sites I found my information from are  and  Read more »