1. Read the headings in Mark 10:1-16.

  2. Find Judea and the Jordan River on the map.

  3. Highlight verses 7-9 and 14 of chapter 10.

  4. Read Mark 10:1-16

  5. Consider the following questions.

To what does Jesus attribute divorce? "Because of your ___________ of _________." On this problem, also see Mark 3:5; 6:52 and 8:17.

Mark 10:7-8 is a quotation of Genesis 2:24. Marriage is grounded in the very nature of creation. What new thought, though, does Jesus add in verse 9?

Read Mark 9:37 again. Now read 10:13. What is your impression of the disciples? How did Jesus respond to them? (10:14)

What childlike characteristics do you think Jesus was commending in 10:14-15?

What qualities did you have as a child that you wish you still had?

Read the explanation to the Sixth Commandment in Luther's Small Catechism

A big question in our understanding of the Gospel of Mark is what we make of the disciples. The incident in today's lesson where Jesus had to scold and correct them again is just the most recent in a long line of problems he has had with the disciples. What do you think of the disciples?

  • Arrogant because of their relationship with Jesus?

  • Well-meaning but absolutely clueless?

  • Weak and misguided?

  • Good negative role models?

  • Projects still under Jesus' development?

  • They just don't get it?

  • Pretty normal human beings