Jesus Indignant (Mark 10:13-27)

I am fascinated by the moods and emotions of Jesus. There’s an interesting juxtaposition in Mark 10:13-27. The second of the two stories is when I would expect Jesus to get angry. He’s confronting the Rich Young Ruler and has recited the commandments (or some of them) and the RYR says with what can only be self-confidence, “All these I have kept since I was a boy” (Mark 10:20). Any Protestant evangelist worth his salt would lose his cool at this point. Not Jesus. He looked at him and loved him (Mark 10:21).

It is the earlier story where Jesus gets angry. It is when the disciples have rebuked those who were bringing little children for Jesus to bless them. That is what makes Jesus indignant (Mark 10:13-14)!

(He recovers quickly, though, and took the children into his arms (Mark 10:16).)

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