Insights on Today's Reading
Matthew 19 - Jesus answers questions regarding divorce. He made clear that God only allowed divorce because of ...the hardness of your hearts...but from the beginning is was not so" verse 8. Jesus once again spoke of the intimacy He had for little children, verses 13-15. Note that "...He laid His hands on them..." A rich young ruler came to Jesus and called Him, "Good Teacher." In Jesus rebuke of His being called "Good" He basically was saying, "If you cannot call me God, then don't call me Good." Jesus also reminded His disciples that whatever they gave up on earth in order to follow Him would be richly rewarded in Heaven.
Mark 10 - Jesus spoke of the sacredness of marriage in the sight of God as He answered questions regarding divorce. When He dealt with the little children He became very angry with His disciples when they tried to turn the kids away, verses 13,14. When Jesus encountered the "rich young ruler" please note what verse 21 says, "Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him..." When Jesus spoke of His second coming two of His disciples, James and John, asked for a very special place in the Kingdom beside Jesus. Jesus rebuked them and reminded all of His disciples that even He did not come into this world to be served, verse 45. The chapter closes with the healing of blind Bartimaeus, a man who persistently called out to "Jesus of Nazareth" to have mercy on him, verses 47,48. Jesus rewarded his faith by giving him back his sight, verses 51, 52.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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