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Mark Chapter Ten


I. Content of the Chapter


The Service of the Bondman the Savior on the Way to Jerusalem

A.   Who reasoned with the Pharisees concerning the matter of divorce (v.1-12);

B.   Who blessed the children (v.13-16).

C.   Who persuaded the rich man to collect treasure in heaven (v.17-27);

D.   Who talked about the reward for following the Lord (v.28-31);

E.   Who prophesied for the third time that He would be suffered (v.32-34);

F.    Who taught the disciples the way to be first (v.35-45);

G.   Who healed the blind man Bartimaeus (v.46-52);


II. Verse by Verse commentary


Mark. 10:1 Then He arose from there and came to the region of Judea by the other side of the Jordan. And multitudes gathered to Him again, and as He was accustomed, He taught them again.

YLT: “And having risen thence, he doth come to the coasts of Judea, through the other side of the Jordan, and again do multitudes come together unto him, and, as he had been accustomed, again he was teaching them.”

Literal Meaning: “came to the region of Judea”, He was going away to Jerusalem, where He would be crucified. Therefore His journey afterwards was the way of cross.

  “Beyond the Jordan”, it referred to the land of Beriah on the east bank of the Jordan. This land was ruled by Herod Antipas and its south border was the Dead Sea. Obviously, the Lord did not go by way of Samaria this time.

Enlightenment in the Word:

1)    “The Jordan” (see v.1:9) was the place where the Lord was baptized (see Matt. 3:13) ---- when we fully put ourselves in the place of death, we will draw many people to follow the Lord (see John 12:32).

2)    The Lord always catches the opportunity to teach others. We shall also follow the Lord’s example and proclaim the word whether it is urgent in season or out of season (see 2Tim. 4:2).


Mark. 10:2 The Pharisees came and asked Him, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?" testing Him.

YLT: “And the Pharisees, having come near, questioned him, if it is lawful for a husband to put away a wife, tempting him,”

Meaning of Words: “divorce”: free fully, release, depart;

The Background: the Jewish rabbis allowed men to divorce according to a verse in the book of Deuteronomy. However they disagreed with each other concerning the lawful reasons for divorce. There were mainly two groups, namely, Shammi and Hillel, who argued with each other and held their own opinions. The Shammi held that “the unseemly thing” in that verse referred to the unfaithfulness in marriage and it was the only reason for divorce. However the Hillel, stressing on the former sentence “she finds no favor in his eyes” in that verse, held that as long as the wife did something that her husband dislike, her husband was allowed to divorce her.

Literal Meaning: the Pharisees only cared about the words of the law and neglected the spirit of the law, and therefore they were incompatible with the Lord’s teachings. Here they wanted to tempt the Lord by the law of Moses so as to take hold of Him.

Enlightenment in the Word: the Pharisees represented the religionists who stressed on letters and regulations. If we only focus on the letters of the Bible and yet neglect the spiritual reality, we will become the Pharisees in the present days.


Mark. 10:3 And He answered and said to them, "What did Moses command you?"

YLT: “and he answering said to them, `What did Moses command you?'”

Literal Meaning: the Lord avoided the focal point that the two sects of the Pharisees reasoned through asking the doctrine of Moses.


Mark. 10:4 They said, "Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce, and to dismiss her."

YLT: “and they said, `Moses suffered to write a bill of divorce, and to put away.'”

Literal Meaning: here it referred to the regulation of divorcing one’s wife made by Moses (Deut. 24:1). However, it was not a positive teaching but a negative “permission”.


Mark. 10:5 And Jesus answered and said to them, "Because of the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.

YLT: “And Jesus answering said to them, `For the stiffness of your heart he wrote you this command,”

Literal Meaning: Moses permitted men to divorce their wives because of “the hardness of their hearts”, not God’s will “at the beginning”. Therefore it does not show that God likes men to divorce.

Enlightenment in the Word:

1)    When men do not listen to the words of God, God may “permit” them or “give them up” to do according to their own will (see Rom. 1:28). But it is definitely not the will of God.

2)    What God permits may not be the central will of God. We believers, in our walking, shall not ask for the permission of God only.


Mark. 10:6 But from the beginning of the creation, God "made them male and female.'

YLT: “but from the beginning of the creation, a male and a female God did make them;”

Literal Meaning: the Lord’s answer brought men to the state of “beginning”. When God created men in the beginning, He made them male and female (Gen. 1:27, 5:2) and let them be united with each other. Therefore marriage is set up by God Himself.

Enlightenment in the Word: whether a matter conforms to the will of God shall be judged from the view of “beginning”, not the accomplished fact.


Mark. 10:7 "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife,

YLT: “on this account shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife,”

Literal Meaning: the previous verse shows the will of God through His creation and this verse proves that marriage is predestinated by God through His words. Moreover, God’s predestination is a man and a woman instead of polygamy.  

           Spiritual Meaning: “the two shall become one flesh”, it symbolizes the union between Christ and the church (Eph. 5:31-32).

Enlightenment in the Word:

1)    The relation between a husband and a wife is more than the relation between parents and children.

2)    Only when we are delivered from the root of the natural life (“leave his father and mother”) can we be of one mind with all the saints in the church (“be joined to his wife”).


Mark. 10:8 and the two shall become one flesh'; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh.

YLT: “and they shall be -- the two -- for one flesh; so that they are no more two, but one flesh;”

Literal Meaning: the two shall never be one flesh any longer after the union of marriage in the eyes of God. Therefore when the number of people is mentioned in the scriptures, women are often not counted (see Matt. 14:21, 15:38).

Enlightenment in the Word: the will of God in men’s marriage is “being jointed to each other” (v.7) and “one flesh”, through which the oneness of Christ and the church shall be experienced and manifested (see Eph. 5:31-32).


Mark. 10:9 Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate."

YLT: “what therefore God did join together, let not man put asunder.'”

Literal Meaning: every pair of husband and wife is joined by God and they are “one flesh” before God. Therefore if they are divorced, it is actually to separate one flesh into two halves.

Enlightenment in the Word:

1)    God has jointed Christ and the church, let not man separate ---- do not let any spiritual person, thing, doctrine and regulation interfere in Christ and the church.

2)    “God has joined together, let not man separate.” ---- God has tempered the body together in the church and therefore we should not make divisions (See 1Cor. 12:24-25).


Mark. 10:10 In the house His disciples also asked Him again about the same matter.

YLT: “And in the house again his disciples of the same thing questioned him,”


Mark. 10:11 So He said to them, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her.

YLT: “and he saith to them, `Whoever may put away his wife, and may marry another, doth commit adultery against her;”

The Background: according to the customs of the Jews in the old days, the divorce proposed by only a husband could be settled, without the agreement of the wife. Beside, the adjudication by Justice Department was also unnecessary.

Literal Meaning: “adultery” in the original refers to “the sexual behavior of married ones that destroys the marital relations”. The only reason for normal divorce is that one part has committed adultery, because in God’s sight adultery is the behavior that destroys the union of the husband and the wife. Once the union of husband and wife before God has been destroyed, there is no need to maintain the outward union.

  That a husband divorces his wife and marries another has committed adultery and is indebted to his wife. The Lord’s word indicated that though the husband had the right to divorce his wife according to the customs at that time, he could still not be released from the condemnation of morality and conscience.

Enlightenment in the Word:

1)    The Pharisees only stressed on letters of the law (see v.7) and the Lord focused on the spirit of the law. The letter kills but the spirit quickens (see 2Cor. 3:6).

2)    Believers should neither walk according to the tide of the world nor be only satisfied with obeying the national laws, but prove the will of God in everything (see Rom. 12:2).


Mark. 10:12 And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery."

YLT: “and if a woman may put away her husband, and is married to another, she committeth adultery.'”

The Background: the wife was not allowed to propose the husband for divorce according to the Jewish law. However, since the Jews then lived together with the gentiles, such as the Romans, the Greeks, the Edomites and etc, the gentile custom that “a woman divorces her husband and marries another” also invaded into the Jewish society.

Literal Meaning: this verse proved the reproof of John the Baptist ---- Herod should not marry his brother Philip's wife (see 6:17-18).


Mark. 10:13 Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them.

YLT: “And they were bringing to him children, that he might touch them, and the disciples were rebuking those bringing them,”

Literal Meaning: “that He might put His hands on them and pray”, they asked the Lord to bless them.

  “But the disciples rebuked those who brought them.” ---- Most probably, the disciples thought the Lord’s journey to Jerusalem should not be blocked by such little, naive and ignorant children.

Enlightenment in the Word:

1)    Men’s natural concept is full of the thoughts of divisions of honor and lowliness (See James. 2:1-7). Believers may usually be unconsciously puffed up one for one against another (see 1Cor. 4:6).

2)    Those who fear the Lord should not be with respect of persons (see James. 2:1), or even not play the bully to others.


Mark. 10:14 But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.

YLT: “and Jesus having seen, was much displeased, and he said to them, `Suffer the children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the reign of God;”

Meaning of Words: “displeased”: be angry;

Literal Meaning: “for of such”, it refers to men who are as innocent, humble and dependent as little children. Such characters are the qualifications for entering the kingdom of heaven (see Matt. 18:3).

Enlightenment in the Word:

1)    In the church, nothing is so little that the Lord is not concerned about. Therefore we should bring all things, whether it is great or not, before the Lord.

2)    In the church, no one is so great that something, in his eyes, is too small for them to do.

3)    Those who think that they own nothing and ask for the Lord humbly will be acceptable to the Lord.


Mark. 10:15 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it."

YLT: “verily I say to you, whoever may not receive the reign of God, as a child -- he may not enter into it;'”


Mark. 10:16 And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.

YLT: “and having taken them in his arms, having put hands upon them, he was blessing them.”

Literal Meaning: “and blessed them”, “bless” in the original was a compound, containing the meaning of “being earnest, and blessing one after another”.

Spiritual Meaning: “put His hand on them”, it has two spiritual meanings: a) the one who lays his hand on others and those who receive the laying on of hands are united to one (see 1Tim. 5:22); 2) The one who puts his hands on others delivers blessing to the one who receive the laying on of hands (see 2Tim. 1:6).

Enlightenment in the Word:

1)    The Lord did not despise our lowliness but also was willing to be united to the humble ones and blessed us.

2)    “The grown-up men” can only be blessed by the Lord who lays His hands on them, but the “children” can be blessed by the Lord who takes them up in His arms to lay His hands on them. Therefore, all those who are puffed up can not be taken up in the Lord’s arms.


Mark. 10:17 Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, "Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?"

YLT: “And as he is going forth into the way, one having run and having kneeled to him, was questioning him, `Good teacher, what may I do, that life age-during I may inherit?'”

Literal Meaning: “Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him”, it was a young rich man (see Matt. 19:22). “Knelt before Him”, it showed his zeal and godliness.

“Good Teacher”, this was really an improper name, which indicated that he regarded Jesus as “teacher” who taught others, not the “savior” who had saved all the people (see John 3:2).

“What shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” ---- This question includes four meanings: a) he knew the importance of “having eternal life”; b) he confessed there was no eternal life in him; c) He thought that he would have eternal life by doing good things; d) he did not know what good things he had to do in order to have eternal life.

“Have eternal life”, it referred to “being saved” (see v.25), namely, “having the eternal life of God” so as to be delivered from the eternal perdition (see John. 3:16).


Mark. 10:18 So Jesus said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.

YLT: “And Jesus said to him, `Why me dost thou call good? no one good except One -- God;”

Literal Meaning: “Why do you call Me good?” ---- It means that “if you think I am only a common teacher, you shall not call me good”, because there is no man who is good.

“No one is good but One, that is, God.” ---- It means that there is none good except for God (see Rom. 3:10). The Lord’s words did not show that He thought him sinful or He was the same as men, but showed that: a) God is the source of true goodness; b) man has no true goodness without God.

Enlightenment in the Word:

1)    A worthless tree cannot produce good fruits (see Matt. 7:18). The world cannot do something good through the evil nature.

2)    The good man out of the good treasure brings forth good things (see Matt. 12:35). However, only God is good. Therefore no matter what we have done, we can still not be counted as good in God’s sight.

3)    That except the righteousness of believers shall exceed the righteousness of the Pharisees, we shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven (see Matt. 5:20). Therefore, we should not only keep the commandments of the Old Testament concerning morality but also keep the new commandments by the king of the kingdom of heaven (Matt.5-7).

4)    No one is good but God. No one can be saved by his good works, and only the salvation of the Lord Jesus works.

5)    All the works outside of the will and power of God are not “good” works. All the works of believers should be out of God and through God.


Mark. 10:19 You know the commandments: "Do not commit adultery,' "Do not murder,' "Do not steal,' "Do not bear false witness,' "Do not defraud,' "Honor your father and your mother."'

YLT: “the commands thou hast known: Thou mayest not commit adultery, Thou mayest do no murder, Thou mayest not steal, Thou mayest not bear false witness, Thou mayest not defraud, Honour thy father and mother.'”

Meaning of Words: “honor”: respect;

Literal Meaning: “you know the commandments”. ---- The Lord here mentioned the “commandments” in order to enlighten him about two things: a) the commandments show God’s love and His holy and righteous disposition; b) he had to know his incapacity from the failure that men were totally unable to keep the commandments, thus realizing that men could not have eternal life by doing good.

  “Do not defraud”. It might refer to the tenth commandment of the Ten Commandments ---- “One shall neither desire his neighbor's house, nor wife, nor anything that is his neighbor’s”. If it was so, the six points mentioned by the Lord here had included all the commandments concerning interpersonal relationship in the Ten Commandments (see Ex. 20:12-17; Deut. 5:16-21).

Enlightenment in the Word:

1)    Though believers in the New Testament do not need to keep the commandments concerning the ceremonies in the Old Testament, we should still keep the commandments of morality.

2)    In the church we should keep spiritual commandments: a) do not spread the factor of death ---- murder; b) do not bring the world into the church ---- commit adultery; c) do not usurp the glory of God ---- steal; d) do not bear witness to things outside of Christ ---- bear false witness; e) do not defraud brothers ---- defraud; f) magnify the Lord ---- honor the father and the mother.


Mark. 10:20 And he answered and said to Him, "Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth."

YLT: “And he answering said to him, `Teacher, all these did I keep from my youth.'”

Literal Meaning: unfortunately, this young man had not seen his incapacity and thought he had kept them all. Actually, he could at most keep the commandments in letters and yet unavoidably sinned against the commandments in spirit.

Enlightenment in the Word:

1)    Those who think themselves righteous are living in darkness indeed. They cannot see their transgressions.

2)    As long as someone has offended in the least commandment of the Law, he is guilty of all (see James. 2:10).


Mark. 10:21 Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, "One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me."

YLT: “And Jesus having looked upon him, did love him, and said to him, `One thing thou dost lack; go away, whatever thou hast -- sell, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven, and come, be following me, having taken up the cross.'”

Literal Meaning: here the Lord raised the strictest claim to show his imperfectness.

      “One thing you lack”, it implied that he was not “perfect” then ---- even if men have kept all the commandments, they are still imperfect in the sight of the Lord.

“Go your way, sell whatever you have”, it showed that “what he had” was the clear proof of his imperfectness, so he had to “sell” what he had.

“And give to the poor”, if he could not “give what he had to the poor”, it proved that he couldn’t “love his neighbor as himself” (see Matt. 19:20).

“And you will have treasure in heaven”, it indicated that what he had now was only on the earth and he had nothing in heaven.

“And come and follow Me”, it implied that even though he had given all that he had to the poor, he might still keep the poor only, not the Lord Jesus in his heart (see 14:7). Therefore he had to “follow the Lord”, i.e. he had to love the Lord more than all (see Matt. 10:37-38).

According to the context, this verse is not a general rule that demands a poor life of every Christian. The Lord, with a purpose of asking the young man to do in this way, intended to let him know he had indeed not kept all the commandments (see v.20) and realize that men could not have eternal life through doing good (see v.17).

Enlightenment in the Word:

1)    This verse was the general outline of the law: “go, sell what you have and give to the poor”, namely, “to love your neighbor as yourselves”. “Come, follow Me”, that is, “to love the Lord your God”.

2)    The Lord demands more and more: a) “go and sell” ---- it is easy for general believers to sell the possession for money (see Acts. 5:1); b) “give to the poor” ---- it is very difficult; c) “come, follow Me” ---- it is more difficult, because what goes out of oneself is the worldly possessions but what follows is “the whole person”.

3)    The Lord asked the young man to sell what he had and then follow the Lord, showing that what we had was always an obstacle to follow the Lord.

4)    Believers should not only be concerned about their own needs but also care for that of others. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. (Pill. 2:4).

5)    One shall remove the obstacles to walk in the way of life and follow the Lord ahead.

6)    “And come and follow Me”, some people may devote all his possession (see 1Cor. 13:3) for the sake of some lofty ideal, but not give himself to be a follower of the Lord. Such kind of “selling all that one has” profits him nothing.

7)    The Lord, on account of “loving” him, touched his greatest difficulty in the depths of his heart ---- his possessions. When the Lord touches the greatest difficulty deep inside us, it is just the time that He loves us most and that He will do the work of love on us.


Mark. 10:22 But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

YLT: “And he -- gloomy at the word -- went away sorrowing, for he was having many possessions.”

Meaning of Words: “be sad”: render gloomy, be overcast with clouds;

Enlightenment in the Word:

1)    Anyone who keeps something for himself and is unwilling to follow the Lord will lead a sorrowful life.

2)    Even little children, through grace, could be blessed by Lord who laid His hands on them (see v.16). However, someone who had kept all the commandments through deeds (see v.20) went away sorrowfully in the end.

3)    The more possessions one has, the greedier he will be. Such situation can also be applied in spiritual things ---- if one stresses on spiritual possessions besides the Lord such as eloquence, knowledge, and gifts, he will be suffered by sorrowful consequence.

4)    Those who love treasure more than the Lord make themselves sorrowful. However those who love the Lord more than all have the fullness of joyful, though they have lost their goods (see Heb. 10:34).

5)    Great possessions may hold men back from following the Lord. Not only material sufficiency but also spiritual complacency will hold men back from receiving grace.

6)    Though that young man had come to Christ, he did not obtain Christ. If we can neither forsake all things “what things were gain to me” ---- spiritual achievements in the past, nor seek Christ earnestly, probably we can still not fully obtain Christ (see Pill. 3:7, 12).

7)    Earthly things and heavenly things cannot be mixed together. If believers are reluctant to give up the earthly and worldly things, they will not be able to enjoy heavenly and spiritually riches.

8)    Whenever you meet the Lord, the Lord must demand you of something. If we have not answered the Lord, or are unwilling to pay the cost, there will be two results: (a) as for us, we will go away sorrowfully. (b) As for the Lord, He cannot be manifest through us.


Mark. 10:23 Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!"

YLT: “And Jesus having looked round, saith to his disciples, `How hardly shall they who have riches enter into the reign of God!'”

Literal Meaning: “how hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” ---- On one hand, to be born from above is the prerequisite for entering the kingdom of God (see John. 3:3, 5). And as long as we believe in the Lord, we will be born from above. Therefore it is not difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. On the other hand, the Lord told the rich man that the prerequisite for him of entering the kingdom of God was to “sell what he has and give to the poor, come and follow Him”. Therefore, “to enter the kingdom of heaven” here is not equal to “having eternal life” or “being saved”. “Entering the kingdom of heaven” means that believers must live in the reality of the kingdom of heaven in this age and seek to be a true people of the kingdom of heaven, and will gain the glory of the kingdom when the Lord comes back. In that sense, it is indeed difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom.

Spiritual Meaning: the spiritual definition of “those who have riches” is those who own something besides the Lord and yet are unwilling to deny themselves or lose the enjoyments of soul for the sake of the Lord (see Matt. 16:24-25).


Mark. 10:24 And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, "Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God!

YLT: “And the disciples were astonished at his words, and Jesus again answering saith to them, `Children, how hard is it to those trusting on the riches to enter into the reign of God!”

Enlightenment in the Word: men cannot enter the kingdom of God through money. The love or attachment for wealth will prevent a man, even a poor man, from entering the kingdom of God.


Mark. 10:25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."

YLT: “It is easier for a camel through the eye of the needle to enter, than for a rich man to enter into the reign of God.'”

The Background: “to go through the eye of a needle,” there was often another smaller door besides the city gate of the Jews in the old days. The small door was called “the door of the eye of a needle”. During the day, the city gate was open for the coming in and going out of men and goods. At dusk, the city gate would be closed and only the door of the eye of a needle was open. That smaller door was so small that only “man” was allowed to come in and go out. Therefore, if there came camels carrying goods, man had to firstly unload the goods and made the camels incline and crawl and then pushed and drew them so that the camels would pass the door. Later, “a camel to go through the eye of a needle” had become a common saying to describe that something is very difficult and yet is not absolutely impossible.

Literal Meaning: some Bible exegetes thought the above-mentioned background brought down the difficulty of entering the kingdom of God and seemed to excessively adapt to the infirmity of humanity. They said “camel” was the greatest animal in Palestine. “The eye of a needle” was the smallest channel known by men. “A camel to go through the eye of a needle”, it showed that “it was totally impossible to men” (v.27).

Enlightenment in the Word:

1)    Though it is difficult for rich men to enter the kingdom of heaven, it is not absolutely impossible. “Camel”, a kind of animal that carries goods, represents treasure ---- as long as one is willing to dedicate his treasure to the Lord, he can enter therein.

2)    Though it is difficult for the great camel to go through the small eye of a needle, as long as the principle of cross is applied ---- to deny oneself, burn self into ashes and come to naught ---- it will be possible to pass through.


Mark. 10:26 And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, "Who then can be saved?"

YLT: “And they were astonished beyond measure, saying unto themselves, `And who is able to be saved?'”

Literal Meaning: there were at least two kinds of faults of the disciples: a) they equated being saved with entering the kingdom of God; b) they thought wealth could help men to earn the right of entering the kingdom of God, since the treasure was a token of God’s blessing to righteous men (see Deut. 28:1-12).

  Strictly speaking, “being saved” is a synonym of “inheriting the eternal life” (v.17), but is different from “entering the kingdom of God” (v.23). Believers who have been saved have already inherited the eternal life, so they have obtained the basic requirement of “entering the kingdom of God” (see John 3:3, 5). Moreover, believers should also let the Lord reign in them thoroughly so that they will enter the kingdom of God actually, namely, they live in the reality of kingdom of God.


Mark. 10:27 But Jesus looked at them and said, "With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible."

YLT: “And Jesus, having looked upon them, saith, `With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.'”

Enlightenment in the Word:

1)    The young man thought it was impossible for man to enter the kingdom of heaven (see v.22), so did the disciples (see v.26). Even the Lord Himself also proved that, “with men this is impossible”. It is impossible for men to enter the kingdom of God by themselves.

2)    “With God all things are possible.” ---- God can change the impossibility of men into possibility. God’s way is to give Himself to men and strengthen them and enable men to “have strength for all things” (see Pill. 4:13).

3)    “With men it is impossible”, it declares the uselessness of men’s deeds. “But with God all things are possible”, it shows the fullness of God’s grace. Only by faith instead of deeds can we be saved (see Eph. 2:8-9).

4)    After we have been saved, we have to rely on God’s “almightiness” to do good works (see Eph. 2:10) so that we can indeed live in the reality of the kingdom of heaven (see 2Pet. 1:10-11).

5)    In the eyes of men, it is difficult for some people who have not believed the Lord to be saved. However, it is possible in the eyes of God. Therefore, we should not rashly give up anyone. Because when God works in men, even those whose hearts are most hardened will be saved. 


Mark. 10:28 Then Peter began to say to Him, "See, we have left all and followed You."

YLT: “And Peter began to say to him, `Lo, we left all, and we followed thee.'”

Literal Meaning: Peter meant that since we “had left something”, we would obtain something in future and that would be reasonable. Though it was not wrong, it carried the nature of exchange and its motive not noble enough.

Enlightenment in the Word:

1)    Peter’s “see” showed his “possession”. He is “a spiritually rich man” and really has something to boast.

2)    The reason why we can leave something to follow the Lord is God’s attraction, working and strengthening. Therefore we should glorify God.


Mark. 10:29 So Jesus answered and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel's,

YLT: “And Jesus answering said, `Verily I say to you, there is no one who left house, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or fields, for my sake, and for the good news',”

Meaning of Words: “leave”: abandan, forsake, lay aside, let alone;


Mark. 10:30 who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time--houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions--and in the age to come, eternal life.

YLT: “who may not receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brothers, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and fields, with persecutions, and in the age that is coming, life age-during;”

Literal Meaning: “who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time”, it means one shall receive full enjoyment and joy in this age. Brothers and sisters in the Lord are as intimate as one’s own family members and they can share their possessions with others.

  “And in the age to come, eternal life”, it refers to obtaining the blessings of the everlasting life in the coming age (see Luke. 18:30).

Enlightenment in the Word:

1)    The spiritual principle is to forsake first and receive afterwards.

2)    The reward of the kingdom is both in this age and the coming age.

3)    The reward of the kingdom of heaven is a “hundredfold”. This reward is Christ Himself, for Christ is fully perfect.

4)    He who has abandoned something for the sake of the Lord will obtain abundant reward and shall also “be suffered from persecutions”. The way of the cross is the predestinated way for those who follow the Lord.

5)    Tribulation (“persecutions”) is also a kind of spiritual inheritance. The blessings of believers can be obtained in tribulations. Therefore, we shall also boast in tribulations (see Rom. 5:3).


Mark. 10:31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first."

YLT: “and many first shall be last, and the last first.'”

Literal Meaning: “but many who are first will be last”, it was a word of warning. The word “but” indicated that it was a warning given to Peter of his self-complacence towards his present state (see v.27). If men boast or show off what they have left for the Lord, they will “be last”.

  “The last first”, it is a word of encouragement. Though one may be last in the beginning, it cannot determine the consequence. Therefore it is still possible to turn to be first.

  This was a common saying at that time. Some bible exegetes thought that the Lord used it here to show that God’s priority of urgency was different from men’s thoughts. Peter put what men could do first ---- “we have left all” (v.28) and what God would give behind. But the Lord Jesus set it in a reverse order: the Lord’s calling and mission were put first ----“for My sake and the gospel's”, and what men would receive followed behind ---- “a hundredfold”.

Enlightenment in the Word:

1)    Even though those who ran well (see Gal. 5:7) have no the spirit of pride, if they slack off and do not try their best to run (see Pill. 3:13-14, Heb. 12:1), they will still fall behind.

2)    In order to earn the reward of the kingdom we should try our best to run (1Cor. 9:24) and finish the race (2Tim. 4:7), then we may be “first”.

3)    Our duty is to run and the Lord is the one who judges who is first or last.


Mark. 10:32 Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him:

YLT: “And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them, and they were amazed, and following they were afraid. And having again taken the twelve, he began to tell them the things about to happen to him,”

Literal Meaning: “they were amazed”, the reason why the disciples felt amazed might be that they Lord went before them, which was not customary. It was also probable that they knew Jerusalem was a stronghold against the Lord, where was full of evil political power and fool religious power. Therefore, they were afraid of raising violent conflict there.


Mark. 10:33 "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him to the Gentiles;

YLT: “-- `Lo, we go up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man shall be delivered to the chief priests, and to the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the nations,”

Literal Meaning: “they will condemn Him to death”, it shows that Jesus was not murdered in secret, but was condemned and sentenced to death through open interrogations.

  “Deliver Him to the Gentiles”, “the Gentiles” referred to the Romans. Jesus was condemned to death by the Roman governor Pontius Pilate and then was crucified (see 15:1-15).

  The disciples thought that the Lord Jesus went up to Jerusalem to fulfill the prophecy of the kingdom of Messiah (Zech. 9, Acts. 1:6) and He would reign there, so they argued for status among them (see 9:33-34). However, the Lord said that He went up to Jerusalem for death, but the disciples had not heard His words (see 35-41).

Spiritual Meaning: “the chief priests and the scribes” were the Jews, representing men or believers in religious circles; “the Gentiles” in this verse indicated men in political circles or the world. Both of them would become our suffering and cross.


Mark. 10:34 and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again."

YLT: “and they shall mock him, and scourge him, and spit on him, and kill him, and the third day he shall rise again.'”

Literal Meaning: “and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him”, before being crucified, Jesus was scourged by the Roman governor Pontius Pilate and was mocked and scourged by Roman soldiers (see 15:15-20).

Enlightenment in the Word:

1)    The Lord guided the disciples all the way and often mentioned the cross to them (see 8:31; 9:31), showing that the Lord’s way was always pointing to the cross.

2)    If we could see the glory of the cross, surpassing the suffering of it, we will joyfully run the way that is set before us fearlessly.

3)    There must be suffering before glory (Rom. 8:17); the death before resurrection (1Cor. 15:36). The cross is the way of being highly exalted (Pill. 2:8-9). This is the model left by the Lord Jesus for us. 

4)    The more sufferings one suffers, the more consolations of the Lord one will receive (2Cor. 1:5). The more one is delivered to death, the more the Lord’s life of resurrection will be manifested in him (2Cor. 4:11).


Mark. 10:35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, "Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask."

YLT: “And there come near to him James and John, the sons of Zebedee, saying, `Teacher, we wish that whatever we may ask for ourselves, thou mayest do for us;'”

Literal Meaning: “James and John, the sons of Zebedee”, their mother might be the aunt (Salome) of Jesus according to the flesh (see 15:40; Matt. 27:56; John. 19:25).


Mark. 10:36 And He said to them, "What do you want Me to do for you?"

YLT: “and he said to them, `What do ye wish me to do for you?'”


Mark. 10:37 They said to Him, "Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left, in Your glory."

YLT: “and they said to him, `Grant to us that, one on thy right hand and one on thy left, we may sit in thy glory;'”

Literal Meaning: they asked the Lord for the seats on the right and left hand of the Lord, the status second only to that of the Lord in the kingdom. Obviously, all those who followed the Lord at that time held that He went up to Jerusalem to drive away the Romans and establish the kingdom of Messiah and reign in glory.


Mark. 10:38 But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?"

YLT: “and Jesus said to them, `Ye have not known what ye ask; are ye able to drink of the cup that I drink of, and with the baptism that I am baptized with -- to be baptized?'”

Spiritual Meaning: “the cup that I am about to drink”, “cup” is the inheritance measured by God for us (see Ps. 16:5-6). God sent Jesus into the world to take away the sin of the world and bear the punishments that we are supposed to take (see Is. 53:4-6). Therefore the cup that He was about to drink was the cup of fury of God (see 14:36, Is. 51:17), namely, the sufferings of the cross.

  “The baptism that I am baptized with”, “baptism” was a synonym of “cup”. Both of them symbolized the suffering He would suffer. The “cup” emphasized the inside suffering, and the “baptism” referred to the outside suffering. “Baptism” meant being suffered by troubles.

Enlightenment in the Word:

1)    Many times, we do not know what we really ask in prayers.

2)    If we ask “something” from Him concerning the status, the Lord will reprove us that, “you do not know what you ask”.

3)    The Lord’s word indicated that the status in the kingdom had something to do with drinking the cup of the Lord and being baptized with the Lord’s baptism. He who obeys the will of God the Father and is willing to experience the suffering of the cross can be exalted in the kingdom.

4)    Men may usually ask for glory first, but do not ask for the cup of suffering first. He who asks for glory only without asking the cup of suffering does not know what he asks.


Mark. 10:39 They said to Him, "We are able." So Jesus said to them, "You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized;

YLT: “And they said to him, `We are able;' and Jesus said to them, `Of the cup indeed that I drink of, ye shall drink, and with the baptism that I am baptized with, ye shall be baptized;”

Literal Meaning: “they said to Him, ‘we are able’”, it was because they did not know themselves (see Matt. 26:31, 56).

  “You will indeed drink My cup”, they indeed suffered for the sake of the Lord ---- James was martyred for the Lord (Acts. 12:1), and John was exiled to the island called Patmos (Rev. 1:9).

Enlightenment in the Word: through many tribulations, we must enter into the kingdom of God (Acts. 14:22).


Mark. 10:40 but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared."

YLT: “but to sit on my right and on my left, is not mine to give, but -- to those for whom it hath been prepared.'”

Literal Meaning: “but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give”, the Lord, on the status of the Son of Man here, respected the sovereignty of God the Father and put all in the hand of the Father without any His own favor or inclination.

Enlightenment in the Word:

1)    The reward of the status in the kingdom of God was not based on physical relationship, but the will of God the Father.

2)    Just like the race on the playground, everyone has the opportunity of gaining the reward. However, who will obtain the reward will be determined by their performance, not being fixed previously.

3)    The Lord said that we should drink the cup and the status shall be given by the Father, showing that:

a) The Lord only sought the will of the Father ---- He was willing to drink the cup of the cross without regarding His own gain or loss.

b) We should know the principle of grace ---- the status is not exchanged by the cup, but the reward of God.


Mark. 10:41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be greatly displeased with James and John.

YLT: “And the ten having heard, began to be much displeased at James and John,”

Literal Meaning: it proved that the twelve disciples, without exception, strived with each other that who should be held to be the greatest (see 9:34). None of them were willing to make a concession to others, and they were even jealous of and angry with each other.

Enlightenment in the Word: if we live in the flesh, we may provoke and envy one another (see Gal. 5:19-21, 26).


Mark. 10:42 But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, "You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.

YLT: “but Jesus having called them near, saith to them, `Ye have known that they who are considered to rule the nations do exercise lordship over them, and their great ones do exercise authority upon them;”

Enlightenment in the Word:

1)    The spirit of the world likes to be the greatest, exercise the authority over others and dominate others.

2)    In the earthly kingdom, all the positions are set to rule others.


Mark. 10:43 Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant.

YLT: “but not so shall it be among you; but whoever may will to become great among you, he shall be your minister,”

Meaning of Words: “servant”: deacon, minister;

Literal Meaning: “Yet it shall not be so among you”, it does not mean believers do not respect the authority on the earth, but that believers have different view toward the spiritual authority.

“But whoever desires to become great among you”, “become great”, it means being greater than common people. It indicates that the Lord does not forbid men from being great. Men can desire to be great (see 1Tim. 3:1), but the way of being great was totally different from that in the world.

“Shall be your servant”, “servant”, it refers to the worker who serves others. It indicates that being great in the church is not exercising authority over others (see v.42), but serving others.

Enlightenment in the Word:

1)    “Yet it shall not be so among you”, men in the world lust for high status to exercise authority over others. This spirit should never be infiltrated into the church.

2)    In the heavenly kingdom, all the positions are set to serve, look after, perfect and shepherd others (1Pet. 5:1-3, Acts. 20:28, Eph. 4:11).

3)    Seriously, in the kingdom (church), there is no difference in positions, but there are differences in gifts, administrations and operations (Rom. 12:4, 1Cor. 12:4-6).

4)    In the kingdom, the one who is greater may have less freedom. On the contrary, the more one humbles himself and suffers, the less the free will he has, the greater he will be manifested.

5)    “Servant” is the same with “minister” in the original------the minister in the church is service-oriented.


Mark. 10:44 And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all.

YLT: “and whoever of you may will to become first, he shall be servant of all;”

Literal Meaning: “be first”: foremost; “slave”: a bondman who has lost his decision-making power.


Mark. 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."

YLT: “for even the Son of Man came not to be ministered to, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.'”

Meaning of Words: “life”: soul;

Literal Meaning: “a ransom for many”, the word “for” in the original was a preposition, stressing on the redemptive nature of Christ’s death. “Many”, Christ gave Himself a ransom for all (1Tim. 2:6). Salvation is for “all” but only “many” (i.e. “believers”) have received. According to the usage in the original, the word “ransom” usually refers to the money for redeeming slaves. In like manner, Christ gave His life as a ransom to deliver us from the bondage of sin.

Enlightenment in the Word:

1)    “Just as the Son of Man did come”, it showed that the Lord did not just say in vain ---- He did not only demand others only but not demand Himself. The Lord set a good example with His conduct. Those who are spiritual leaders in the church have to match their words with deeds. 

2)    The Lord is the greatest, but He did not come to be served, but to serve and even gave His life to others (Pill. 2:8) so that many would be saved.

3)    The Lord wanted us to learn from His example ---- do not mind status but serve others with whole heart. The highest and greatest service is to let our “selves” be crucified.

4)    All those who are willing to receive the death of the cross and deny the soul life (“give…life”) and provide men with Christ (“serve”) will be glorified with Christ together (see Rom. 8:17).


Mark. 10:46 Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging.

YLT: “And they come to Jericho, and as he is going forth from Jericho, with his disciples and a great multitude, a son of Timaeus -- Bartimaeus the blind -- was sitting beside the way begging,”

The Background: “as He went out of Jericho”, in the Gospel of Luke, it happened when Jesus came nigh unto Jericho (see Luke. 18:35). We should know the background of the city of Jericho so as to understand the reason of this discrepancy. There was a new Jericho and an old one at that time. The former was built by Herod the Great and there was a way connecting these two cities. Mark recorded the time when Jesus went out of the old Jericho, Luke mentioned the time when Jesus came nigh unto the new Jericho. Therefore there was no contradiction between them.

  “Jericho”, it was a land which had been cursed (see Josh. 6:26).

Spiritual Meaning: shortly after the matter that the disciples wanted to be the greatest, the book recorded that the Lord healed the two blind men ---- it has its spiritual meaning. In other words, the blind man represented the disciples. Since the disciples were blind, they did not know the things about the kingdom of God and strived to be the greatest with each other. Here the Lord healed them.

  “Blind”, it refers to the one who lacks enlightenment and revelation in darkness neither knows God nor himself. 

  “Sat by the road”, it means man no longer grows up in life.

Enlightenment in the Word:     

1)    Bartimaeus “begged”, for he was a “blind man”. All those who are dark in spirit and are lacking in revelation cannot receive provision from the Lord directly and only have to beg for provision.

2)    Following the Lord is the way for one to be blessed. However men cannot follow the Lord because of blindness, only “sitting by the road”. This is a picture of men’s poor condition in darkness.


Mark. 10:47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"

YLT: “and having heard that it is Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out, and to say, `The Son of David -- Jesus! deal kindly with me;'”

Literal Meaning: “the Son of David”, it is a name used by the Jews for the Messiah. They hoped that the Messiah would come to save them and remove the suffering of the world (see Is. 9:7, Jer. 23:5-6).

Enlightenment in the Word:

1)    Though Bartimaeus could not “see”, he could “hear”. Once he had heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he caught the chance to call the Lord, so he got the grace.

2)    Thank the Lord! He makes us hear the gospel and know that He is “Jesus” (it means “Jehovah the salvation” and “the salvation of Jehovah” in the original) and the Son of David (it means that He is the coming Messiah). Therefore we cry out to Him.


Mark. 10:48 Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"

YLT: “and many were rebuking him, that he might keep silent, but the more abundantly he cried out, `Son of David, deal kindly with me.'”

Enlightenment in the Word:

1)    The prayer of seeking to be able to see may often be forbidden by men. However the more one is forbidden, the more urgently he asks. In this way he will be blessed.

2)    If one seeks revelation in prayer, one should seek urgently regardless of all the difficulties and blocks, and thus he will receive what he has asked.


Mark. 10:49 So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, "Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you."

YLT: “And Jesus having stood, he commanded him to be called, and they call the blind man, saying to him, `Take courage, rise, he doth call thee;'”

Meaning of Words: “be of good cheer”: have courage;


Mark. 10:50 And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus.

YLT: “and he, having cast away his garment, having risen, did come unto Jesus.”

Spiritual Meaning: “throwing aside his garment”, it symbolizes that one casts his poor and corrupt acts in the past.


Mark. 10:51 So Jesus answered and said to him, "What do you want Me to do for you?" The blind man said to Him, "Rabboni, that I may receive my sight."

YLT: “And answering, Jesus saith to him, `What wilt thou I may do to thee?' and the blind man said to him, `Rabboni, that I may see again;'”

Enlightenment in the Word:

1)    “What do you want Me to do for you?” ---- One should have a clear purpose in prayer.

2)    We may pray generally, aimlessly or even ask amiss (James. 4:3) without knowing what we ask (see v.38), and that is why our prayers are not answered.

3)    To ask for spiritual sight is the beginning of running the heavenly way (2Cor. 4:6, Eph. 1:18, Acts. 26:18).

4)    Though the blind men had not seen the Lord, they had “heard” Him and immediately they cried out unto the Lord that “their eyes may be opened”. When we read the Bible, we may not receive the revelation nor understand the Lord’s words suddenly, but receive the revelation after we hear the Lord’s words and cry out unto the Lord for enlightenment.


Mark. 10:52 Then Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your faith has made you well." And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.

YLT: “and Jesus said to him, `Go, thy faith hath saved thee:' and immediately he saw again, and was following Jesus in the way.”

Literal Meaning: “your faith has made you well”, he believed that the Lord had healed him. It was not self-confidence, but faith in God.

Enlightenment in the Word:

1)    The two blind men “sat by the road” (see v.46) before, their eyes were opened now and then followed the Lord on the way. If a man wants to run the way, he has to receive sight first.

2)    True “touching” brings in true “sight”, and true “sight” will bring in the true “following”.

3)    He who is blind does not know the preciousness of the Lord and therefore he is reluctant to give up what that he has to follow the Lord (see v. 21-22). However, if one’s eyes of heart are opened, he will regard the Lord as excellent, suffer the loss of all for Him (Pill. 3:8) and follow the Lord on the way of the cross willingly.


III. Outlines of the Spiritual Lessons


The Teaching of the Lord About Divorcement

A.   The explanation of the origin of the command of divorce ---- the hardness of one’s heart (v.1-5);

B.   He brought men to the beginning to see God’s will to make marriage ---- the husband and the wife shall become one flesh (v.6-7).

C.   Divorce destroys what God has joined (v.8-9).

D.   If the husband or the wife divorces the other part and marries another, he or she commits adultery (v.10-12).


The Lord’s Attitudes and Demands of the Lord Toward Various Kinds of Men

A.   To the Pharisees who tried Him ---- He refused to sacrifice the truth t compromise with them (v.1-12).

B.   To the disciples who lacked love ---- He set an example of love (v.13-16).

C.   To the young rich man who thought he had fully kept the whole laws ---- He pointed that the spirit of the laws was that one shall love his neighbor as himself (v.17-22).

D.   To those who felt to enter the kingdom of God was difficult ---- with men it is impossible, but with God all things are possible (v.23-27).

E.   To those who denied themselves to follow Him ---- He showed clearly that they would receive a hundredfold blessing (v.28-31).


The Conditions for Entering the Kingdom of God

A.   One shall be converted and become as little children (v.13-16).

B.   One shall not be possessed by wealth (v.17-27).


With Men It Is Impossible, But With God All Things Are Possible

A.   Man thinks he can only partake in heavenly blessings through his own strength (a grown man) (v.13-16).

B.   Man believes that to do good will receive the reward of eternal life (v.17).

C.   Man thinks that he has fulfilled all the requirements of God (v.18-20).

D.   All that man has have even prevented men from receiving heavenly blessings (v.21-22).

E.   One shall give up his own struggle and confide in God completely (v.23-27).

F.    He who has left all will receive all that of God as the full reward (v.28-31).


The Faults of the Young Rich Man and the Lord’s Correction to Him (v.17-22)

A.   He thought wrongly that the Lord was only a “good” teacher ---- the Lord let him see that only God is “good”.

B.   He thought wrongly that “doing good” could inherit the eternal life ---- the Lord raised the command of the laws to make him see that men could never “do good” perfectly.

C.   He thought wrongly that he had already kept the laws “perfectly” ---- the Lord put forward the requirements of being perfect to let him see he had not been “perfect” yet.


The Conditions of Receiving the Reward of the Lord

A.   One shall leave all for the sake of the Lord (v.28-30);

B.   One shall still strive to run the race (v.31).

C.   One shall walk in the way of the cross (v.v.32-34).

D.   One shall rely on the mercy of God (v.35-41).

E.   One shall serve others humbly (v.42-45).

F.    One’s eyes shall be opened and follow the Lord till the end (v.46-52).


The Status in the Kingdom of Heaven

A.   Those who ask the status in the kingdom of heaven do not know what they ask (v.35-38a).

B.   Before receiving the status of the kingdom of heaven, one has to drink the “cup” (v.38b-39).

C.   The status of the kingdom of heaven ---- it is for those for whom it is prepared by the Father (v.40-41).

D.   The status in the world is that those who are great exercises authority over those who are low, but the status in the kingdom of heaven is not so (v.42-43a).

E.   The status of the kingdom of heaven is that whoever desires to be great or first let him be servant and slave for all (v. 43b-44).

F.    The status of the kingdom of heaven is not to be served by others but to serve others (v.45a).

G.   The status of the kingdom of heaven is to “give his life” to serve others (v.45b).


The Blind Man Received the Sight

A.   The pity of the blind man ---- he sat by the road (v.46);

B.   The gospel for the blind man ---- he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth (v.47a);

C.   The reaction of the blind man ---- he began to cry out and say (v.47b);

D.   The persistence of the blind man ---- he cried out all the more (v.48);

E.   The calling for the blind man ---- He is calling you (v.49);

F.    The understanding of the blind man ---- “throwing aside his garment”, which means do not relying on his deeds (v.50);

G.   The demand of blind man ---- that I may receive my sight (v.51);

H.   The salvation for the blind man ---- your faith has made you well (v.52a);

I.      The change of the blind man ---- immediately he received his sight (v.52b);

J.    The way of the blind man ---- he followed Jesus on the road (v.52c).


The Reason Why the Blind Man Obtained the Grace

A.   He caught the opportunity ---- when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say…. (v.47).

B.   He was regardless of those who hindered him ---- many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more … (v.48).

C.   He asked for the Lord directly ---- the blind man said, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” (v.51)


── Caleb HuangChristian Digest Bible Commentary Series

   Translated by Mary Zhou