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Exegesis Mark 9:30-37 Once again Jesus is travelling through Galilee - but unlike his previous travels, this time he takes precautions to avoid being noticed by passing "through Galilee" without also passing through various cities and villages. Why does Jesus feel compelled to predict again that he would die? Who is it that is with Jesus and being taught here? The text refers to his "disciples" and we should try to keep in mind that there is a difference between "disciples" and "apostles." The former refers to any close followers of Jesus whereas the latter refers only to the twelve he specifically called in chapter 3. Thus, the reference to "disciples" here indicates that Jesus is informing more than just his twelve apostles that he will die and will rise again after three days. This passage comes from the Gospel of Mark, which was written around, 65-70 AD. Tradition has ascribed authorship of the Gospel to John Mark who is mentioned in Acts. It is likely that the original readers were gentiles (non-Jews) ...read more.


In the next chapter, we have another passage that places children and those who emulate them in special relationship to the kingdom of God. In verse 10:13-16, Jesus becomes upset with his disciples because his disciples are rebuking people for bringing their children to him for healing. Jesus says, "Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it" (NRSV). The gospels of Matthew and Luke both have parallel stories about greatness, although Matthew inserts the concept of humility that is not present in either Mark or Luke. Matthew says that, "whoever becomes humble like this child, he is the greatest..." (NRSV 18:4). Again in verse 23:11 Jesus says, "The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted!" ...read more.


Play a game with them? The list is endless. Are every day life revolves around serving. If you are a Christian, you started serving when you committed your self to Christ and if you not religious, you still serve in every day life. Jesus uses children to teach lessons. The Greek word paidivon (used in Mark 9:36-37; 10:13-15) often refers to very young children, but can mean children of any age up to early teens, and without regard to parental relationship. In the first century, children were especially regarded as insignificant. Jesus was choosing insignificance by association. In contrast to the discussion the disciples shared about being the greatest, Jesus characterizes "kingdom greatness" by showing them a helpless, self-denying child. Children recognized their own insignificance. Only someone with a true servant's heart-voluntarily taking last place-could receive an insignificant child. Following Christ and denying ourselves involves becoming insignificant because of the Kingdom of God. (1982). Synopsis of the Four Gospels. USA: United Bible societies. Malina, B. J. (2001). The New Testament World. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press The New Interpreter's Bible, (Vol VIII). (1995). Nashville: Abingdon Press. 1071 Words 1 Nikita Mullins, 0816841 ...read more.

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