Scripture: Matthew 20:20-28; Mark 10:35-45; Matthew 20:29-34; Mark 10:46-52

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Jesus Teaches About Serving Others

Matthew 20:20-28 (KJV) 20 Then came to Jesus the mother of Zebedees children with her sons, worshipping Him, and desiring a certain thing of Him.  21 And He said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto Him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on Thy right hand, and the other on the left, in Thy kingdom. 22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto Him, We are able.  23 And He saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of My cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on My right hand, and on My left, is not Mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of My Father.  24 And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren.  25 But Jesus called them unto Him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.  26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; 27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.

Mark 10:35-45 (KJV) 35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto Jesus, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire.  36 And He said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you?  37 They said unto Him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on Thy right hand, and the other on Thy left hand, in Thy glory.  38 But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?  39 And they said unto Him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized: 40 But to sit on My right hand and on My left hand is not Mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared. 41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with James and John.  42 But Jesus called them to Him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.  43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: 44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.  45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.

Questions:

1. For what was Jesus asked (Matthew 20:20-21; Mark 10:35-37)?

2. What was Jesus’ answer (Matthew 20:23; Mark 10:40)?

3. How did the other disciples respond (Matthew 20:24; Mark 10:41)

4. To whom did Jesus contrast their authority (Matthew 20:25; Mark 10:42)?

5. What did Jesus say about the difference in the two groups (Matthew 20:25-28; Mark 10:42-45)?

Answers:

1. Jesus was asked if James and John could be allowed to sit on the right and left of Jesus in His kingdom.

2. Jesus said, “(it) is not Mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of My Father.”

3. The other disciples were moved with indignation.  They began to be much displeased with James and John.

4. Jesus compared their authority to the princes of the Gentiles.

5. Jesus said the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion, lordship and great authority over those subject to them.  Jesus then said, “But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Jesus Heals A Blind Beggar

Matthew 20:29-34 (KJV) 29 And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed Jesus.  30 And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, Thou son of David.  31 And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David.  32 And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you?  33 They say unto Him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened.  34 So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.

Mark 10:46-52 (KJV)  46 And they came to Jericho: and as Jesus went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.  47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.  48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.  49 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; He calleth thee.  50 And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.  51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto Him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.  52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

Luke 18:35-43 (KJV) 35 And it came to pass, that as Jesus was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging: 36 And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant.  37 And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.  38 And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.  39 And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.  40 And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto Him: and when he was come near, He asked him, 41 Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight.  42 And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.  43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.

Questions:

1.Who cried out to Jesus (Matthew 20:30; Mark 10:46-47; Luke 18:38)?

2. For what did they/he cry out (Matthew 20:30; Mark 10:47; Luke 18:38)?

3.What did the multitude do (Matthew 20:31; Mark 10:48; Luke 18:39)?

4. What did Jesus do (Matthew 20:32; Mark 10:49; Luke 18:40)?

5. What did the blind say when Jesus asked what they wanted (Matthew 20:33; Mark 10:51; Luke 18:41)?

6.What did Jesus do and say to the blind (Matthew 20:34a; Mark 10:52; Luke 18:42)?

7. What did the blind do (Matthew 20:34b; Mark 10:52; Luke 18:43)?

Answers:

1. In Matthew there were two blind men who cried out.  But in Mark and Luke there was only one who cried out.

2. They/he cried out for Jesus to have mercy on them/him.

3.The multitude rebuked the blind and told them/him to hold their peace.

4. Jesus stood still and asked the blind what they/he wanted.

5. The blind asked for their/his sight to be restored.

6. Jesus had compassion on them/him, touched their/his eyes: and immediately their/his eyes received sight. (In Mark Jesus said, “Go thy way, they faith hath made thee whole; In Luke Jesus said, “Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.”)

7. The blind who were given sight followed Jesus. (In Luke it is said the blind man glorified God: and all the people gave praise unto God when they saw the miracle.)

HEAR the WORD

Matthew 20:22-23 (AMP) 22 But Jesus replied, “You do not realize what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup [of suffering] that I am about to drink?” They answered, “We are able.” 23 He said to them, “You will drink My cup [of suffering] …”

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  I’m sharing the Amplified version.  My thoughts: As I pondered these verses I saw a slight but perhaps important difference in the drink referred to in verses 22 and the one in 23.  But please remember these are my thoughts.  In verse 22 Jesus says “the cup” yet in verse 23 Jesus says “My cup.”  I believe when the disciples said “We are able” concerning drinking of the same cup as Jesus they were not speaking of experiencing Jesus’ suffering but were speaking of a different cup – perhaps the communion cup.  When Jesus said “My cup” perhaps He was saying they would indeed suffer because they were Christ followers.  And perhaps He was pointing them to their future experience of entering into God’s kingdom where they would find Him.  What do you believe about these verses?

MEMORIZE the WORD

Matthew 20:27-28 (NIV) “And whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

If we say we love Jesus we will do as He did and willingly give our life in service to others.  

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

If we choose to live as Jesus did, we must serve others through both our words and our deeds.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will serve our fellow man.  I pray we will do as Jesus did.  I pray we will surrender our wants to You.  And be willing to lay down our life for another (Matthew 20:20-28; Mark 10:35-45). Lord, as I think about the blind men that You gave sight to, I realize if we cry out to receive our sight You will do for us as You did for them.  You will give us sight. I pray more and more people will call out to You for not just their physical sight but more for their spiritual sight. Lord, I pray when we see miracles, we too will praise You. In Christ Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I serve both God and others.” <>< Dona