The Lord said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Hast thou seen that which backsliding Israel hath done? she is gone up upon every high mountain and under every green tree, and there hath played the harlot.
Do we not all have one Father? Did not one God create us? Why do we profane the covenant of our ancestors by being unfaithful to one another?
Judah has been unfaithful. A detestable thing has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem: Judah has desecrated the sanctuary the LORD loves by marrying women who worship a foreign god. As for the man who does this, whoever he may be, may the LORD remove him from the tents of Jacob—even though he brings an offering to the LORD Almighty.
Another thing you do: You flood the LORD’s altar with tears. You weep and wail because he no longer looks with favor on your offerings or accepts them with pleasure from your hands. You ask, “Why?” It is because the LORD is the witness between you and the wife of your youth. You have been unfaithful to her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant. Has not the one God made you? You belong to him in body and spirit. And what does the one God seek? Godly offspring. So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful to the wife of your youth. “The man who hates and divorces his wife,” says the LORD, the God of Israel, “does violence to the one he should protect,”] says the LORD Almighty. So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful.
10:13-16 The Children – back to 9:36-37, He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” Jesus was teaching not of children, but of their characteristics of a spirit of openness, reliance, and trustfulness. When He blessed the children He made it clear that children who were thought of as having less value were to be given access to Him, thus changing the cultural view of children.
10:17-22 Riches The title good teacher changes to teacher after Jesus’ reply. The man asked a question everyone should have been asking – even the disciples. Matthew Mark and Luke all have this story, but only in Mark do we read that Jesus loved (began to love) him. What did the young rich man lack? Self-sacrificing devotion which characterizes every true follower of Christ. Do we own our possessions or do they own us? For the young rich man, Jesus made him ask and answer that same question and his possessions owned him. Mark 4:18-19 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.
10:23-32 Reward Entering the Kingdom of God. When Jesus address His disciples as children it is a different Greek word than that used earlier for little children, but here means students or followers of a rabbi. Riches? Riches do not have the power, in fact have no power at all, to help one work or worm his way into heaven. BUT He adds v27 “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” In other words, salvation is totally outside the sphere of human capacity. No personal achievement can bring anyone into the Kingdom of God. Salvation is a gift of and from God and cannot be earned. Due to the disciples confusion. Jesus told them their priority did not guarantee their supremacy in the future. Kingdom benefits and rewards are not bestowed based on human merit. In the end, the One who knows human hearts will judge priority, position, and rewards.
So do we so fear the condemnation of the world so that we are merely listening to the Word, but not putting it into practice as those in Ezekiel 33:30-32 “As for you, son of man, your people are talking together about you by the walls and at the doors of the houses, saying to each other, ‘Come and hear the message that has come from the Lord.’ My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to hear your words, but they do not put them into practice. Their mouths speak of love, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain. Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words but do not put them into practice.
Put Jesus’ words into practice! Put your faith into practice! Start by praying and reading His word! Let your heart guide you for it is your heart that will be judged at the end.