MARK 10

16 Outlines

 

Mark 10:1-12

WHAT ABOUT DIVORCE?

 

A STICKY QUESTION – Vss. 1-2

A SCRIPTURAL ANSWER – Vss. 3-8

A STRICT INTERPRETATION – Vss. 9-12

 

 

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Mark 10:1-12

A SACRED COMMITMENT

 

Other than letting the Lord save me, the smartest thing I ever did was marry Dottie, who has been my wife for over 26 years!  As I look around however, I see many folks who have not been as fortunate.  We live in a society plagued with a lack of marital bliss and commitment. The Lord Jesus had some very strong things to say concerning marriage. It would be beneficial to take them to heart.

 

THE CHALLENGE BY THE PHARISEES - Vss. 1-2

The Pharisees, hoping to give Jesus a hard time (as usual) tested Jesus concerning divorce and remarriage.

 

THE COMMAND OF MOSES - Vss. 3-4

Jesus asked the Pharisees what Moses said in the law, and they observed that Moses gave permission for divorce.

 

THE COMMENTARY BY JESUS - Vss. 5-9

Moses permitted divorce because of the hardness of man's heart.

Jesus makes it clear, though, that divorce was not God's original intent.

When a man and woman are married they become one flesh.

Therefore, whatever God has joined together, man should not tear it apart.

 

THE CLARIFICATION FOR THE DISCIPLES - Vss. 10-12

Jesus is very clear about the seriousness of divorce.

He calls divorce and remarriage "adultery."

 

 

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Mark 10:13-16

BRING THE KIDS!

 

REFUSAL BY THE DISCIPLES - Vs. 13

REBUKE BY JESUS - Vss. 14-15

RECEPTION OF THE CHILDREN - Vs. 16

 

 

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Mark 10:13-16

LET THE CHILDREN COME!

 

THE RECRUITMENT OF CHILDREN – Vs. 13a

THE REJECTION BY THE DISCIPLES – Vs. 13b

THE RECEPTION BY THE MASTER – Vss. 14-16

 

 

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Mark 10:13-16

DON'T FORGET THE CHILDREN!

 

I once heard a story about Dwight L. Moody.  He had held evangelistic meetings and was asked about the results.  He answered that 2 1/2 had gotten saved.  "You mean two adults and one child?" asked the inquirer. "No," said Moody, "I mean two children and one adult."  It is great to see people saved no matter how old or young they are.  But let's remember that children won to the Savior have a whole lifetime of service to offer.

 

The disciples in our text made the mistake of neglecting, or limiting the children. Let us not make the same mistake!

 

RESTRICTERS - Vs. 13

Young children were brought to Jesus, but the disciples said "no".

There are people today who don't think children can understand the Gospel at an early age. They can. All three of our children made professions of faith before they were five years of age.

By not reaching out to the children, we are restricting them.

 

RECEIVER - Vs. 14

Jesus was "much displeased" when the children were restricted and insisted that the children be brought to Him. He blessed them.

We should be receiving the children and bringing them to faith in Christ.

 

REMINDER - Vss. 15-16

One must have the faith of a child to enter the kingdom of Heaven.

So what is the easiest time for a person to be saved? When they are young and naturally have the faith of a child.

 

 

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Mark 10:17-27

THE BURDEN OF A GREAT POTENTIAL

 

To have great potential can be a real burden.  Many people who have great potential never see it amount to anything.  Here was a man with great potential for serving Christ who let money get in the way.

 

HE RAN! – Vs. 17 – He was eager to talk to Jesus.

 

HE WAS RESPECTFUL – Vs. 17 – He knelt and called Jesus “Good Master”.

 

HE WAS RESPONSIBLE – Vss. 18-20 – He had kept many of the commandments.

 

HE WAS RELUCTANT – Vss. 21-22 – He didn’t want to part with his riches.

 

HE WAS REMORSEFUL – Vs. 22 – He was sad, but not sad enough to repent.

 

HE WAS RESTRICTED – Vss. 23-27 – His love of money kept him out of the Kingdom of God.

 

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Mark 10:17-27

A WORD WITH THE MASTER

 

This is the story of the man we call “The Rich Young Ruler”.

 

A DETERMINED WORD – Vs. 26 – “What must I do…”

 

A DEFINITIVE WORD – Vs. 27 – “There is none good but God.”

 

A DISCERNING WORD – Vs. 19-21 – “…One thing thou lackest…sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor …and come, take up the cross, and follow me.”

 

A DISCOURAGING WORD – Vss. 22-25 – “…how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God

 

A DELIGHTFUL WORD – Vss. 26-27 – “…With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.”

 

 

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Mark 10:17-27

THE WISE FOOL

 

The rich young ruler was:

 

WISE TO SEEK JESUS – Vss. 12-17

WISE TO KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS – Vss. 18-20

WISE TO KNOW HIS NEED – Vs. 20, Matthew 19:20

FOOLISH TO LOVE MONEY – Vss, 21-22

FOOLISH TO WALK AWAY – Vss. 23-27

 

 

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Mark 10:17-27

DECISION TIME

 

Life is full of decisions.  Each day we decide what we will eat, what we will wear, where we will go and how we will spend our time.  Life is full of many small decisions and a few big ones, including who to marry, and what career to follow.  The biggest decision, of course, is what to do about Jesus.  Each person must decide to accept Christ as Savior.  If he doesn't decide to accept Christ, he has rejected Him, and will face Hell fire. See John 3:16-18, 36 and 1 John 5:11-12.

 

A man we call "The rich young ruler" once came to Christ, wanting to know what he had to do to inherit eternal life.  Jesus gave the man an answer. It was time for him to make a decision concerning Christ.

 

HE WAS UNDER SERIOUS CONVICTION. - Vs. 17

The man had no assurance of eternal life.  He was convicted that he needed help.

 

HE CLAIMED TO KEEP STRICT COMMANDMENTS. - Vss. 18-20

In Vs. 18, Jesus said that there was none good but God.  I believe the implication is that the man called Jesus "good" and only God is good.  If Jesus is good, than Jesus is God.

Nobody has ever kept the Ten Commandments perfectly.  He was claiming to have kept some of them.  Yet he knew he still lacked something.

 

HE HAD TO MAKE A SPECIFIC CHOICE. - Vss. 21-22

Notice that Jesus loved the man. He loves all sinners. This man had an idol in his life. Jesus knew that the idol was his riches.  The man could not turn to Christ unless he turned away from his idol of money.  He had to make a choice!  Not everyone who comes to Christ has to give up his money. In this case the money was the thing holding him back.

He chose to keep the money and not choose Christ!  Every person has to make a decision to believe on Christ in order to have eternal life!

 

HE BECAME THE SUBJECT OF A SAD COMMENTARY. - Vss. 23-27

It is very difficult for rich people to be saved. However, because of the work of God, it is not impossible.

 

 

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Mark 10:17-27

ONE MAN'S PILGRIMAGE

 

When a person is on a pilgrimage he is searching for something. The rich young ruler was on a pilgrimage to Jesus, looking for eternal life.

 

THE SEARCH - Vss. 17

 

THE SCRIPTURES - Vss. 18-20

The man comes looking for life and Jesus points him to the 10 Commandments. The man needed to realize that he couldn't keep the commandments before he could be saved. The man claimed to have kept all the commandments Jesus mentioned. Romans 3:23, Ezekiel 18:4, Romans 6:23

 

THE STANDARD - Vs. 21

Nothing or nobody can be loved and trusted more than the Lord Jesus.  Not every rich man must give up his money to be saved, but in this case it was the man's money that was keeping Him from trusting Jesus as Savior. John 14:6

 

THE SADNESS - Vs. 22

The man walked away! He loved his riches more!

 

THE STRUGGLE - Vss. 23-25

In the culture of the day it was thought that the rich people had an inside track on getting to Heaven. Jesus explains that it is a struggle for rich men to get to Heaven. Their riches get in the way!

 

THE STRENGTH - Vss. 26-27

The disciples figured if it was so hard for a rich man to be saved, who else could be saved.

The strength for salvation comes from God. The Holy Spirit convicts and people are saved by faith. John 16:8-11, Ephesians 2:8-9

 

 

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Mark 10:32-45

GLORY SEEKERS

 

HIGH AMBITION - Vss. 35-37 - In the Lord's Kingdom, James and John

wanted to sit on the right and left hand of Jesus.

 

HIGH COST - Vss. 38-40 - For the position they had to accept the same cup and baptism of suffering and death that Jesus would experience.

 

HIGH STANDARD - Vss. 41-45 - The chiefest is to be servant of all.

Jesus set the example. See Vs. 45.

 

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Mark 10:32-45

TWO AGENDAS

 

One version of Webster's Dictionary defines the word "agenda" as, "(a) program of things to be done."  An agenda can be written in one's mind or written down on paper.  It is a plan for action, often used in meetings.

 

We all have our agendas. Often our agendas conflict with the agendas of others. On a Saturday, a husband's agenda might include fishing in the morning, napping in the afternoon, and bowling at night.  His wife's agenda for him on the same day might be washing windows in the morning, shopping in the afternoon, and attending a dinner party at night.

 

It is normal for each of us to have conflicts with others concerning agendas, because most of the time our agendas are different.  Often our agendas conflict with the agenda our Lord has set for us.  When that conflict occurs, we know the Lord is right.

 

In our text we see two agendas. There is the Lord's agenda, and there is the agenda of the disciples.

 

THE LORD'S PROGRAM Vss. 32-34

A. Suffering Vss. 32-34

B. Service Vs. 45

 

THE DISCIPLES PLANS

A. Glory Vss. 35-37

Although the Lord was telling them all along that He was going to die in Jerusalem, the disciples were still expecting Him to set up His kingdom right them.  James and John wanted the prominent positions in the kingdom. They were looking for the glory.

 

B. Greatness Vs. 41, Mark 9:33-34

The other disciples were upset with James and John. Each considered himself to be the greatest. 

 

THE LORD'S PRONOUNCEMENT

Here our Lord tells the disciples what brings about greatness in the Kingdom. He tells them to:

 

A. Suffer - Vss. 38-39

Jesus asks James and John if they can drink the same cup and experience the same baptism of suffering that he would experience.

They answered "Yes", and indeed they did.

 

B. Serve - Vss. 41-45

The greatest in the Lord's Kingdom are the ones who are the best servants. The truly great servant in his Master's eyes are the one's who serve unselfishly.

 

What is your agenda? Is it greatness and glory or suffering and service?

 

 

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Mark 10:32-45

TRUE GREATNESS

 

THE PLAN OF GOD - Vss. 32-34

Jesus informed the disciples of God's plan of Jesus' death, burial and resurrection.

 

THE PRIDE OF THE DISCIPLES - Vss. 35-40

The disciples fussed over who was the greatest.

 

THE PRINCIPLE OF HUMILITY - Vss. 41-45

Jesus informed the disciples that true greatness was found in humility.

Jesus himself was that example of humility by giving His life a ransom for many.

 

 

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Mark 10:35-45

CLIMBING THE CORPORATE LADDER

 

There are many in business today that are trying to climb the corporate ladder, beginning at entry level and striving to end up at the top of the company's leadership.  Two disciples attempted such a climb among the disciples.

 

GREAT REQUEST - Vss. 35-47

GREAT REQUIREMENTS - Vss. 38-40

GREAT RESENTMENT - Vs. 41

GREAT RESPONSIBILITY - Vss. 43-45

 

 

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Mark 10:46-52

BLIND BART

 

(If Bartimaeus had lived in our current American culture, he probably would have been nicknamed "Blind Bart.")

 

A GREAT ANNOUNCEMENT - Vss. 46-47a - "Jesus is coming!" Bartimaeus was blind, and needed help.

 

A STUBBORN APPEAL - Vss. 47b-51 - Bartimaeus could not be silenced until he had talked to the Lord Jesus face to face.  This reminds me of the persistence with which we should pray according to Luke 18:1-8

 

A WONDERFUL ANSWER - Vs. 52 - He was healed!

 

A LOYAL AMBITION - Vs. 52 - To follow Jesus out of appreciation.

 

 

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Mark 10:46-52

STUBBORN FAITH

 

BE HEARD – Vss. 46-47

BE HARD (DETERMINED) – Vs. 48

BE HOPEFUL – Vss. 49-51

BE HELPED – Vs. 52

 

 

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Mark 10:46-52

HAPPY ENDING!

 

We all like happy endings to stories.   This is a Bible Story with a Happy Ending.

 

A VICTIM OF CIRCUMSTANCE - Vs. 46

Bartimaeus was blind.

 

A VOICE IN THE CROWD - Vss. 47-51

Bartimaeus persistently cried out to Jesus for help.

 

A VICTORY THROUGH FAITH - Vs. 52

Bartimaeus was healed according to his faith.

 

 

 

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