Mark 10: Bible Study Guide


Mark 10: Worship Guide/ 41-BSG-10A, (Mark 10:17-22)/ Theme: The Rich Young Ruler/ Hymn: All to Jesus I surrender; All to Him I freely give (SDAH 309)

Exploration: Sin (Specific Sin) → Lust for Material Things –(Mt 6:19–34; 19:21–24; Mk 8:36–37; 10:21–25; Lk 9:25, 23–24; 16:13–15)/ Salvation’s prerequisites → Willingness to obey God’s Law, His instructions (Mk 10:19, 20, 21; Jn 8:51; Mt 7:21, 24-25, 26-27; Mt 19:17c).

Reflection: In this chapter, Mark draws our attention to the following: Jesus teaches on Marriage and Divorce (1–12); Jesus blesses the Children and uses them as an Example of how we must receive the Kingdom of God (13–16); Jesus counsels the Rich Young Ruler (17–22); Jesus teaches about the Difficulty of Riches (23–27), and Our Reward and the Solution to the Problem of Riches (28–31); Jesus, a third time, predicts His Death and Resurrection (32-34); True Greatness in God’s Kingdom: The ambition of James and John (35–45); to conclude, Jesus heals Blind Bartimaeus at Jericho (46-52). There are many Themes here, but for the purpose of our Worship Hour this morning, let us focus our attention on the subject of the Rich Young Ruler.

This man was trusting in himself and his wealth. Sadly, he was self-reliant and arrogant. What he needed most was Jesus. Christ knew that his wealth eventually would weigh him down and choke out his desire for Him. “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.” But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.” (Mark 10:21–22, NKJV)

Devotional Implication: “With what earnest, anxious longing, what soul hunger, did the Saviour look at the young man, hoping that he would yield to the invitation of the Spirit of God!… The ruler was quick to discern all that Christ’s words involved, and he became sad.… To give up his earthly treasure, that was seen, for the heavenly treasure, that was unseen, was too great a risk. He refused the offer of eternal life, and went away, and ever after the world was to receive his worship.”

“Thousands are passing through this ordeal, weighing Christ against the world; and many choose the world. Like the young ruler, they turn from the Saviour, saying in their hearts, I will not have this Man as my leader.… All should consider what it means to desire heaven, and yet to turn away because of the conditions laid down. Think of what it means to say “No” to Christ. The ruler said, No, I cannot give You all. Do we say the same?– [Ellen Gould White, Conflict and Courage, (Review and Herald, 1970), 300].

The Gospel’s Voice: This section is written as if God were speaking directly to you—Because He does. What does the LORD say to me this morning? My son, the greatest riches one can ever dream of is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The Rich Young Ruler had everything (wealth) but no salvation; eventually, he lost everything! You cannot have the best of both worlds- (heavenly/ earthly). You cannot serve two masters: God and mammon (Mt 6:24); you must choose one. Secondly, the Rich Young Ruler had memorized the Law (Mk 10:19-20), but failed to obey the Law: You cannot hang on to your sins and at the same time expect to be saved. You must sincerely repent before you can turn to Me and be saved. On this day, I am inviting you to repent, surrender all to Me (Mk. 10:21), and I will receive you in My kingdom. Would you?

My Desire: By God’s grace, I want to – 1. Avoid lusting for material things/ 2. Use my wealth, possessions, influence, talent, etc. to help those in need (spiritual/ physical)/ 3. Repent my sins and Surrender all to Jesus/ 4. Take up my cross daily and follow Him.

Have A Blessed Day: “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent,” (Acts 17:30, NKJV) “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,” (Acts 3:19, NKJV)

Worship Through Singing: All to Jesus I surrender; All to Him I freely give (SDAH 309)


Mark 10: Bible Reading Plan/ The Book of Mark 10/ Theme: The Journey to Jerusalem (10:1–45)

Mark 10 (NKJV) — 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. 2 The Pharisees came and asked Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” testing Him. 3 And He answered and said to them, “What did Moses command you?” 4 They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce, and to dismiss her.” 5 And Jesus answered and said to them, “Because of the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. 6 But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’ 7 ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 8 and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” 10 In the house His disciples also asked Him again about the same matter. 11 So He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her. 12 And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” 13 Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. 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. 15 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” 16 And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them. 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?” 18 So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. 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.’ ” 20 And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.” 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.” 22 But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. 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!” 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! 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.” 26 And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, “Who then can be saved?” 27 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.” 28 Then Peter began to say to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You.” 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, 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. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” 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: 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; 34 and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again.” 35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask.” 36 And He said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?” 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.” 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?” 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; 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.” 41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be greatly displeased with James and John. 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. 43 Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. 44 And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. 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.” 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. 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!” 48 Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 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.” 50 And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus. 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.” 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.


Bible Study Guide/ Mark 10, (41-BSG-10Y)/ Selected Devotional Thought(s) in Mark 10/ Theme: One Thing Thou Lackest!

Key Text: “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.” But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.” (Mark 10:21–22, NKJV)

Thought # 1: The Rich Young Ruler lost everything because of just “One Thing” (Mk 10:17-22). It grieved Jesus to see this young ruler go away sorrowful and defeated, but Jesus had no alternative but to let him go. Jesus does not force us to enter into the Kingdom of God, it is a choice we have to make willingly.

Thought # 2: He had an Outstanding Resume: He went to the right source— Jesus Christ, (Mt 11:28); His question was right, “What must I do?” (Acts 16:30); He sensed a great urgency—“running,” (Mk 10:17); He showed a humble spirit—“kneeled,” (Mk 10:17); He had Biblical knowledge “from youth,” He knew the Commandments (Mk 10:20); He was Not far from the kingdom -“One thing,” (Mk 12:34). But, he had a tender (weak spot), and Jesus touched it, (Mk 10:21). Beloved, you may have outward characteristics and yet miss the kingdom of God. You may have a form of piety (true religion), but deny and reject the power of it (2 Tim. 3:5) – fail to submit pride, selfishness, and quest for material things (wealth). Do you remember Christ’s warning? — “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26, NKJV)

Thought # 3: “One Thing” can rob us of Life’s Greatest Blessings — One temptation cost Eve her paradise, (Gen. 3:6); One morsel cost Esau his birthright, (Heb. 12:16); One wrong decision caused Lot’s ruin, (Gen. 13:10–11); One last look was fatal to Lot’s wife, (Gen. 19:26); One lie robbed Ananias of his life, (Acts 5:4); One hatred to a brother sours one’s life, (1 John 4:20).

Thought # 4: The thief on the cross made one right decision: “Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:42–43, NKJV) It’s amazing how just one right decision can change your life forever (cf. Rom 6:23). Beloved, deferring salvation just “one day” may rob you eternal life, because you do not know whether you will be alive tomorrow, or in the next hour, on God knows that. May dear friend, when the Spirit of God convict you of sin, and invites you to accept the LORD Jesus Christ, do you obey and surrender your life to God, or do you postpone and go back to your evil ways?

Conclusion: One thing separated the Rich Young Ruler from salvation! My dear friend, Jesus is now pleading with you: “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” (Hebrews 3:15, NKJV) Have you accepted Him? Are you, too, rejecting His love for the gaudy objects of this world? May God help you to make the right decision. Amen.

Have a Good Night: “Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, In the day of trial in the wilderness,” (Hebrews 3:7–8, NKJV) “Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.”” (Hebrews 10:38, NKJV)