Marriage and Divorce
1Then #Matt. 19:1–9; John 10:40; 11:7He 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#Matt. 19:3The Pharisees came and asked Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” testing Him.
3And He answered and said to them, “What did Moses command you?”
4They said, #Deut. 24:1–4; Matt. 5:31; 19:7“Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce, and to dismiss her.”
5And Jesus answered and said to them, “Because of the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. 6But from the beginning of the creation, God #Gen. 1:27; 5:2‘made them male and female.’ 7#Gen. 2:24; (1 Cor. 6:16); Eph. 5:31‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 8and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”
10In the house His disciples also asked Him again about the same matter. 11So He said to them, #Ex. 20:14; (Matt. 5:32; 19:9); Luke 16:18; (Rom. 7:3); 1 Cor. 7:10, 11“Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her. 12And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”
Jesus Blesses Little Children
13#Matt. 19:13–15; Luke 18:15–17Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. 14But 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 #(1 Cor. 14:20; 1 Pet. 2:2)of such is the kingdom of God. 15Assuredly, I say to you, #Matt. 18:3, 4; 19:14; Luke 18:17whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will #Luke 13:28by no means enter it.” 16And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.
Jesus Counsels the Rich Young Ruler
17#Matt. 19:16–30; Luke 18:18–30Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I #John 6:28; Acts 2:37do that I may inherit eternal life?”
18So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, #1 Sam. 2:2God. 19You know the commandments: #Ex. 20:12–16; Deut. 5:16–20; (Rom. 13:9; James 2:10, 11)‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ ”
20And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have #Phil. 3:6kept from my youth.”
21Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, #(Luke 12:33; 16:9)sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have #Matt. 6:19, 20; 19:21treasure in heaven; and come, #(Mark 8:34)take up the cross, and follow Me.”
22But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
With God All Things Are Possible
23#Matt. 19:23; (Mark 4:19); Luke 18:24Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” 24And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those #Job 31:24; Ps. 52:7; 62:10; (Prov. 11:28; 1 Tim. 6:17)who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a #(Matt. 13:22; 19:24)rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
26And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, “Who then can be saved?”
27But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not #Job 42:2; Jer. 32:17; Matt. 19:26; Luke 1:37with God; for with God all things are possible.”
28#Matt. 19:27; Luke 18:28Then Peter began to say to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You.”
29So 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#2 Chr. 25:9; Luke 18:29, 30who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with #1 Thess. 3:3; 2 Tim. 3:12; (1 Pet. 4:12, 13)persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life. 31#Matt. 19:30; 20:16; Luke 13:30But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
Jesus a Third Time Predicts His Death and Resurrection
32#Matt. 20:17–19; Luke 18:31–33Now 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. #Mark 8:31; 9:31; Luke 9:22; 18:31Then 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; 34and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again.”
Greatness Is Serving
35#(James 4:3)Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask.”
36And He said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?”
37They said to Him, “Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left, in Your glory.”
38But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the #Matt. 26:39, 42; Mark 14:36; Luke 22:42; John 18:11cup that I drink, and be baptized with the #Luke 12:50baptism that I am baptized with?”
39They said to Him, “We are able.”
So Jesus said to them, #Matt. 10:17, 18, 21, 22; 24:9; John 16:33; Acts 12:2; Rev. 1:9“You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized; 40but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those #(Matt. 25:34; John 17:2, 6, 24; Rom. 8:30; Heb. 11:16)for whom it is prepared.”
41#Matt. 20:24And when the ten heard it, they began to be greatly displeased with James and John. 42But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, #Luke 22:25“You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43#Matt. 20:26, 28; Mark 9:35; Luke 9:48Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. 44And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. 45For even #Luke 22:27; John 13:14; (Phil. 2:7, 8)the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and #Matt. 20:28; (2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Tim. 2:5, 6; Titus 2:14)to give His life a ransom for many.”
Jesus Heals Blind Bartimaeus
46#Matt. 20:29–34; Luke 18:35–43Now 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. 47And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, #Jer. 23:5; Matt. 22:42; Rom. 1:3, 4; Rev. 22:16Son of David, #Matt. 15:22; Luke 17:13have mercy on me!”
48Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
49So 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.”
50And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus.
51So 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.”
52Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; #Matt. 9:22; Mark 5:34your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.