Notes: October 1, 2009

I’m dying and they’re worried about…

Jesus would have them know about his sacrificial death; but the disciples argue about positions of authority.

Mark 9:30-32, Luke 9:43-45

  • Jesus knew far in advance that he would be arrested and crucified.  In fact, we was willing to allow it.
  • He also told his disciples that this cruel death would not be his end; but instead he would rise from the dead three days afterward.
  • The disciples were saddened by news of his impending death; but they did not comprehend the joy of resurrection. And they were afraid to ask him for further explanation.

Matthew 17:24-27

  • Peter, when asked whether Jesus paid temple tax, quickly affirmed that he did.
  • Jesus asked whether sons of the king are expected to pay tax. Peter rightly answered that sons are free from such obligation.
  • Implying that he the Son of God was, therefore, free from obligation to pay temple tax; Jesus nevertheless chooses to pay it rather than offend. Peter is sent fishing for enough money to pay the tax for himself and Jesus.

Mark 9:33-37, Matthew 18:1-5

  • Speaking of offending others, the disciples were engaged in a conversation that offended Jesus and he warned them that such attitudes would be offensive to others and ruinous to their souls.
  • A little child is used as an object lesson to teach the necessity of conversion, humility and faith.