Mark 10* The Pharisees' question concerning divorce. (1-12) Christ'slove to little children. (13-16) Christ's discourse with therich young man. (17-22) The hinderance of riches. (23-31) Christforetells his sufferings. (32-45) Bartimeus healed. (46-52)1-12 Wherever Jesus was, the people flocked after him incrowds, and he taught them. Preaching was Christ's constantpractice. He here shows that the reason why Moses' law alloweddivorce, was such that they ought not to use the permission; itwas only for the hardness of their hearts. God himself joinedman and wife together; he has fitted them to be comforts andhelps for each other. The bond which God has tied, is not to belightly untied. Let those who are for putting away their wivesconsider what would become of themselves, if God should dealwith them in like manner. 13-16 Some parents or nurses brought little children to Christ,that he should touch them, in token of his blessing them. Itdoes not appear that they needed bodily cures, nor were theycapable of being taught: but those who had the care of thembelieved that Christ's blessing would do their souls good;therefore they brought them to him. Jesus ordered that theyshould be brought to him, and that nothing should be said ordone to hinder it. Children should be directed to the Saviour assoon as they are able to understand his words. Also, we mustreceive the kingdom of God as little children; we must standaffected to Christ and his grace, as little children to theirparents, nurses, and teachers. 17-22 This young ruler showed great earnestness. He asked whathe should do now, that he might be happy for ever. Most ask forgood to be had in this world; any good, #Ps 4:6|; he asks forgood to be done in this world, in order to enjoy the greatestgood in the other world. Christ encouraged this address byassisting his faith, and by directing his practice. But here isa sorrowful parting between Jesus and this young man. He asksChrist what he shall do more than he has done, to obtain eternallife; and Christ puts it to him, whether he has indeed that firmbelief of, and that high value for eternal life which he seemsto have. Is he willing to bear a present cross, in expectationof future crown? The young man was sorry he could not be afollower of Christ upon easier terms; that he could not lay holdon eternal life, and keep hold of his worldly possessions too.He went away grieved. See #Mt 6:24|, Ye cannot serve God andmammon. 23-31 Christ took this occasion to speak to his disciples aboutthe difficulty of the salvation of those who have abundance ofthis world. Those who thus eagerly seek the wealth of the world,will never rightly prize Christ and his grace. Also, as to thegreatness of the salvation of those who have but little of thisworld, and leave it for Christ. The greatest trial of a goodman's constancy is, when love to Jesus calls him to give up loveto friends and relatives. Even when gainers by Christ, let themstill expect to suffer for him, till they reach heaven. Let uslearn contentment in a low state, and to watch against the loveof riches in a high one. Let us pray to be enabled to part withall, if required, in Christ's service, and to use all we areallowed to keep in his service. 32-45 Christ's going on with his undertaking for the salvationof mankind, was, is, and will be, the wonder of all hisdisciples. Worldly honour is a glittering thing, with which theeyes of Christ's own disciples have many times been dazzled. Ourcare must be, that we may have wisdom and grace to know how tosuffer with him; and we may trust him to provide what thedegrees of our glory shall be. Christ shows them that dominionwas generally abused in the world. If Jesus would gratify allour desires, it would soon appear that we desire fame orauthority, and are unwilling to taste of his cup, or to have hisbaptism; and should often be ruined by having our prayersanswered. But he loves us, and will only give his people what isgood for them. 46-52 Bartimeus had heard of Jesus and his miracles, andlearning that he was passing by, hoped to recover his eyesight.In coming to Christ for help and healing, we should look to himas the promised Messiah. The gracious calls Christ gives us tocome to him, encourage our hope, that if we come to him we shallhave what we come for. Those who would come to Jesus, must castaway the garment of their own sufficiency, must free themselvesfrom every weight, and the sin that, like long garments, mosteasily besets them, #Heb 12:1|. He begged that his eyes might beopened. It is very desirable to be able to earn our bread; andwhere God has given men limbs and senses, it is a shame, byfoolishness and slothfulness, to make themselves, in effect,blind and lame. His eyes were opened. Thy faith has made theewhole: faith in Christ as the Son of David, and in his pity andpower; not thy repeated words, but thy faith; Christ setting thyfaith to work. Let sinners be exhorted to imitate blindBartimeus. Where the gospel is preached, or the written words oftruth circulated, Jesus is passing by, and this is theopportunity. It is not enough to come to Christ for spiritualhealing, but, when we are healed, we must continue to followhim; that we may honour him, and receive instruction from him.Those who have spiritual eyesight, see that beauty in Christwhich will draw them to run after him.
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