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WebClass Bible Study Resources for October 4, 2015
The teacher for this session is Kathy Thompson.
Over the next four weeks, we will follow Jesus’ life and teachings as told in the tenth chapter of Mark. Today, we are looking at Mark 10:1-16. A great deal of this passage will be familiar to you.The passage comes in two parts. The first part is Jesus’ teaching on marriage and divorce and the second is Jesus telling the disciples to let the children come to him. In both stories, we see Jesus teaching his audience about abuses of power and inequality in relationships.
It is no secret, that in Jesus’ day, women and children were vulnerable. Undoubtedly, there were families that loved one another in this time, but the cold fact remains that the people in this culture understood children and women to be property. If there was no adult male to care for them and protect them, these two groups of people were at risk of being treated in harsh ways.
- What is one thing you wish you could go back in time and tell a younger version of yourself to avoid in order to have a better marriage?
- What advice would you give to a newly married couple to make their marriage better?
- What tips would you give to young parents to make their jobs easier?
Watch the clip "On Marriage" from comedian Bob Smiley.
- Aren’t you proud of Bob’s wife for taking the cookie?
- To those of you with children: have you ever been tempted to show more appreciation for one child than the other?
Watch the clip "Snowflake" from comedian Tim Hawkins. Fortunately, Tim is a good parent, or so his children say, unlike that song indicates.
- If God has made us all like snowflakes, then why do our differences bother us so much?
Today, we are going to talk about our positions in life, such as being a spouse or a parent, from an account in Mark’s Gospel.
Read Mark 10:1-12.
- What was the Pharisees’ view of divorce?
- How did Jesus challenge that view?
- Did Jesus answer the question?
- Who or what was Jesus standing up for?
- In what ways did first century women need to be supported?
- What was Jesus’ main point about the marriage relationship?
- Why was the law of divorce created?
Jesus reminds them that while the law allowed for divorce, it did not prescribe it. The law was written to protect women, not make a way for divorce to become easy.
- Who did it protect long-term?
- What do you take from this passage?
Read Mark 10:13-16.
- Why would the disciples want to send the children away from Jesus?
- How did Jesus challenge the view of the disciples?
- Why did the disciples think the children did not matter as much to Jesus?
- Why do we often treat our children as things to be "seen and not heard?"
- How can we enjoy the blessing of every little “snowflake” in our lives no matter what?
- How were the Pharisees and the disciples who were guilty of treating people as if they did not matter?
- How do we treat people as if they do not matter?
- Who are the invisible people in our society?
- How do we care for others without abusing our potential positions of power in our relationships?
- Have you ever gotten into a fight with someone while riding with them in a car?
Watch the clip "Stages of a Car Fight" from Modern Marriage Moments.
- Who gets hurt when we insist on being right?
Our culture is going through many changes.
- Is it more important for us to be right or to be compassionate (or both)?
- How do we do that in a changing world?
- How can we deal with our marriages and our children in the 21st century so that others can see the love of God in us?
Jesus challenged the conventional notions about who was important and who wasn't. He challenged the ideas about who held the power and who didn't.
The disciples believed children didn’t matter, but Jesus showed them that, in fact, it is the children who matter the most – for they, more than others, understand what it means to be a part of the kingdom of God. Jesus showed the Jewish leaders and the disciples that they asked the wrong questions and that they considered the wrong things to be important.
- What do you think it would take to be able to see those people through God’s eyes?
A native of Virginia, Kathy Thompson is the daughter of a Baptist minister. She also married a Baptist minister! She and her husband, Robert, live in Ashland, Virginia where he recently retired as Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Ashland, where they served for 20 years. Kathy was active in the music department at First Baptist and taught Sunday School for many years. She is a graduate of George Mason University in Fairfax, VA and teaches music at Liberty Christian School. She and Robert are the parents of two sons: Matthew and his wife Jennifer, and Christopher and grandparents to Peyton Elizabeth. They also have a precious dog named Eli.