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First Last and Last First
Mark 10:17-31 Commentary
by Raquel S. Lettsome
“ … A man ran up to Jesus.”
That’s how the story starts. We do not know anything about him. Unlike Luke (18:18), Mark gives us no title, nor does he tell us anything about his economic status. He is just a man. However, he is a man who is unlike the Pharisees who seek to test Jesus (Mark 10:2). This man just wants an answer: “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” (v.17). He appears sincere, demonstrating humility in his approach as he kneels before Jesus and ascribing to Jesus an adjective reserved for God alone, “good” (v. 17).
Jesus obliges him and jumps right into the discussion. He begins by rehearsing the latter portion of the Decalogue (Exodus 20:12-16; Deuteronomy 5:16-20). Interestingly enough, all of the commandments that he recites have to do with human beings relationship with each other. The first four commandments that address human beings relationships with God are not mentioned. Yet one command is different: “You shall not defraud” (v. 19). “Do not ...
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February 14, 2016
This podcast discusses Mark 10:17-31, the Narrative Lectionary reading for Feb. 14, 2016.