Mark 10: True Greatness

New Testament: Student Study guide, (2003), 46–47

Many Jews confused Old Testament prophecies about the first coming of the Messiah with prophecies about His Second Coming. They were looking for a Messiah to come with great power and glory as a conquering king to destroy their enemies. Christ did come to destroy their most important enemies—sin and death—but He would conquer those enemies by His own suffering and death was difficult for most to understand. This was foretold in Isaiah 53. Look for ways Jesus tried to teach these principles in Mark 10.

Understanding the Scriptures

Mark 10

Coasts (v. 1)Borders 
Precept (v. 5)Commandment 
Cleave (v. 7)Stay close together 
Twain (v. 8)Two 
Put asunder (v. 9)Divide or separate 
Adultery (v. 11)To have sexual relations with someone to whom you are not married 
Defraud (v. 19)Cheat 
Grieved (v. 22)Very sad 
Scourge (v. 34)Whip 
Exercise lordship (v. 42)Rule over, put others under them to serve and support them 
Minister (v. 43)Servant 
Ransom (v. 45)Payment to release someone in bondage 

Mark 10:2–12—Jesus’ Teachings on Marriage and Divorce

See “Understanding the Scriptures” for Matthew 19:3–12 (p. 27).

Studying the Scriptures

Do activities A and B as you study Mark 10.

Activity A iconBecoming Great in the Kingdom

In the story in Mark 10:17–22, a rich young man wanted to know what he could do to inherit eternal life, and in verses 35–45 we read about James and John wanting a place of honor next to the Savior in the eternities.

  1. 1.

    Compare these two stories of people who desired greatness in the kingdom by making the following chart in your notebook and filling it in with information you find in Mark 10.


What they did not understand

What Jesus taught them

Rich young man (Mark 10:17–22)



James and John (Mark 10:35–45)



  1. 2.

    What had Jesus taught in Mark 9:33–37 about what it means to be great?

  2. 3.

    According to Mark 10:28–30, how does worldly greatness compare to what Jesus Christ offers those who qualify for eternal life?

  3. 4.

    What does Mark 10:32–34 teach us about the greatness of the Savior?

  4. 5.

    What could you do in your life to become great in the eyes of God?

Activity B iconCured of Blindness

  1. 1.

    List what the man in Mark 10:46–52 did to be healed of blindness.

  2. 2.

    What does this story teach us about the Savior and what He can do for us?