Cross-Shaped Discipleship in 2024
MARK 10:1-12 | Simon Marshman
Jarring words for a sunny Sunday
- Context that helps frame the discussion
Regarding Mark’s description of the attitude of the Pharisees towards Jesus, see Mark 3:1-6, 7:5-13, 8:11-15, 12:12-17.
- Regarding Deuteronomy 24:1-4 referenced in Mark 10:4 and the ongoing debate about divorce at the time, see Mishnah Gittin 9:10. This is a Jewish commentary that comes from about 100 years after Jesus, but refers to two key rabbis who were very influential at the time of Jesus: Rabbi Shammai (b 50BC, d 30AD) and Rabbi Hillel (b aprox 40BC, d 10AD)
- Regarding Herod Antipas, see Mark’s account in 6:14-29 and the background found in Josephus Antiquities. Josephus was a Jew who became a historian of the Roman empire. He wrote Antiquities around 94 AD. Note that the fortress of Machaerus mentioned is in the territory ‘across the Jordan’ that Mark mentions in 10:1.
Jesus and the heart of the matter.
- For further reading on the goodness of God’s design for human sexuality, see Glynn Harrison A Better Story: God, Sex and Human Flourishing.
For further reading on how Christian marriage is shaped by looking to God’s heart, see Timothy Keller The Meaning of Marriage and Christopher Ash Married for God.
Divorce and remarriage?
- For further reading that identify and discuss a number of the key passages, see the summary document of the Doctrine Commission of the Sydney Diocese
See also this paper by John Woodhouse from the Priscilla and Aquila Centre Conference of 2014 (pdf summary and video with Q&A)
is radical but not legalistic
is lived in the shadow of the cross
is always a costly privilege
Mark 10:13-31 | Simon Marshman