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Mark 10:32-34

Notice the first word: See. It seems this is the point of Mark. A key framing story happens back in Mark 8:22-26 when Jesus heals a blind man. It takes two tries. At first, the man can see, but people seem like trees to him. Jesus touches him again and everything becomes clear.

The Gospel of Mark is presenting Jesus as the Messiah who must suffer, die, and rise again. This is the third time he tells this to his disciples.

They don’t see it.

Mark 10:35-45

Here is a prime example of how the disciples don’t see what Jesus is saying to them. James and John want glory and power. The other disciples don’t want them to have it (implying that they want it for themselves).

Jesus reminds them that his kingdom is not like the kingdoms constructed by human desires. Leaders in God’s Kingdom are not tyrants, they are servants.

They don’t see it.

Mark 10:46-52

Jericho seems to be a critical city in the Jesus story (compare Mark’s story to the other Gospels). Another Joshua (Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua, remember) encountered this city first in his march into the Promised Land.

Walls came down that day through faith and obedience, not war.

Perhaps Jericho is the place where we get to see the tone of the battle. Jesus encounters a blind man.

Notice the parallel between Jesus’ conversation with James and John and his conversation with Bartimaues.

They all ask Jesus to do something for them.

Jesus responds, “What do you want me to do?”

J & J want glory and power.

Bart wants to see.

I think Bart gets it. Now he sees and the disciples are still in the dark.

On to Jerusalem…

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