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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Mark 10:17-31

I. Here is a hopeful meeting between Christ and a young man; such he is said to be (Matt. 19:20, 22), and a ruler (Luke 18:18), a person of quality. Some circumstances here are, which we had not in Matthew, which makes his address to Christ very promising. 1. He came running to Christ, which was an indication of his humility; he laid aside the gravity and grandeur of a ruler, when he came to Christ: thus too he manifested his earnestness and importunity; he ran as one in haste, and longing to... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Mark 10:23-27

10:23-27 Jesus looked round and said to his disciples, "With what difficulty will those who have money enter into the Kingdom of God!" His disciples were amazed at his words. Jesus repeated, "Children, how difficult it is for those who trust in money to enter into the Kingdom of God! 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." They were exceedingly astonished. "Who then," they said to him, "can be saved?" Jesus looked at them... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Mark 10:24

And the disciples were astonished at his words ,.... For they expected, in a little while, that the kingdom of the Messiah would be set up in great worldly pomp and grandeur; and that all the rich men of the nation would come into it, become his subjects, and join to support the glory and splendour of it: but Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, children : it was common with the Jews to call the disciples, or scholars of the wise men, "children"; hence that saying of theirs F6 ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 10:17-31

Parallel passages: Matthew 19:16-30 ; Luke 18:18-30 .— 1. The rich young ruler ' s great refusal. I. HIS APPLICATION . 1 . The position of this man. We have in this section a most interesting narrative. The subject of it was a young man, in the bright and beautiful prime of life, as St. Matthew tells us; a ruler of the synagogue, as St. Luke informs us; an exceedingly rich man, as all three synoptists relate; for St. Luke tells us he was very rich , and St.... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 10:22-31

Parallel passages: Matthew 19:22-30 ; Luke 18:23-30 .— 2. Riches and their relation to the kingdom. I. REFLECTIONS TO WHICH THE INCIDENT GAVE RISE . 1. Effect on the young ruler. He went away grieved. He is now brought to see that he cannot obey two masters; he cannot serve God and mammon. "He was sad at that saying." The word στυγνάσας here used is peculiar. In one other place it is applied to the appearance of the sky, and translated lowering ; and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 10:23-27

Riches a spiritual drawback. Valuable to the moral as to the scientific or artistic teacher to have a real instance—a study from the life. Yet it is not given to many to seize the salient points and analyze the character as Christ did. He did it, too, in a manner the most natural. I. THE SAYING OF CHRIST . "How hardly shah they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!" It is no proverb culled, from the pages of the past. but evidently his own instinctive, penetrating... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 10:23-31

Christ must be all. Sometimes our Lord gave utterance to paradox. Certainly it was so on this occasion. Any ordinary observer would have pronounced the rich young ruler blessed, and would have pitied the poor fishermen who neglected their petty craft and followed the homeless and penniless Rabbi of Nazareth. But God's ways are not our ways. Jesus looked below the surface. To him the case of the favored of fortune and the admired of society was a sad case, and the choice of the twelve was... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 10:23-31

The entry of the rich into the kingdom of heaven. So impressive a scene as that which had just been witnessed needed some explanation, and was well suited to be the basis of important teaching. With much meaning, therefore, "Jesus looked round about," and, arresting the attention of his disciples, taught them further concerning the entry of the rich into the kingdom of God. I. IT IS DIFFICULT . It is difficult for the rich to enter the kingdom! But that difficulty lies, not as... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 10:24

And the disciples were astonished ( ἐθαμβοῦντο )—literally, were amazed at his words . The Greek word here implies wilderment. It is used again below at Mark 10:32 . We find it also at Mark 1:27 . This doctrine of our Lord was so new and strange to them. They had been accustomed to think little of the danger, and much of the advances of wealth. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them , Children how hard is it for them that trust in riches enter into the kingdom of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 10:24-27

Moral impossibilities I. " MORAL IMPOSSIBILITIES " IS A PHRASE OF HUMAN EXPERIENCE . Like all such phrases, saws, and proverbs, it represents the side of truth that is obvious and turned to general view. Men being what they arc, certain changes in the character and conduct are not likely, are scarcely probable or possible. So we argue, and justly. So Jesus speaks, using a very strong figure of speech. II. " MORAL IMPOSSIBILITIES " MAY NEVERTHELESS BE OVERCOME... read more

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