Ellen G. White Writings

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SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 5 (EGW), Page 1111

Mark

Chapter 1

9-11. See EGW on Matthew 3:13-17.

10-13. See EGW on Matthew 4:1-11.

Chapter 2

14, 15. See EGW on Luke 5:29.

17. See EGW on Matthew 9:12, 13.

22. See EGW on Matthew 9:17.

Chapter 3

1-3. See EGW on Luke 1:76, 77.

22. See EGW on Matthew 12:24-32.

28, 29. See EGW on Matthew 12:31, 32.

Chapter 4

30 (Luke 13:18). Not Like Earthly Governments—The government of the kingdom of Christ is like no earthly government. It is a representation of the characters of those who compose the kingdom. “Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God?” Christ asked, “or with what comparison shall we compare it?” He could find nothing on earth that would serve as a perfect comparison. His court is one where holy love presides, and whose offices and appointments are graced by the exercise of charity. He charges His servants to bring pity and loving-kindness, His own attributes, into all their office work, and to find their happiness and satisfaction in reflecting the love and tender compassion of the divine nature on all with whom they associate (The Review and Herald, March 19, 1908).

Chapter 6

26. See EGW on Matthew 14:9.

Chapter 8

34. See EGW on Matthew 16:24; Luke 9:23.

Chapter 9

2-4. See EGW on Matthew 17:1-3.

Chapter 10

13-16. See EGW on Matthew 19:13-15.

45. See EGW on Matthew 9:12, 13.

46-52 (Matthew 20:30-34; Luke 18:35-43). Some With Eyes See Nothing—It is only when the sinner feels the need of a Saviour, that his heart goes after the One who can help him. When Jesus walked among men, it was the sick that wanted a physician. The poor, the afflicted and distressed, followed after Him, to receive the help and comfort which they could not find elsewhere. Blind Bartimaeus is waiting by the wayside; he has waited long to meet Christ. Throngs of people who possess their sight are passing to and fro, but they have no desire to see Jesus. One look of faith would touch His heart of love, and bring them the blessings of His grace; but they know not the sickness and poverty of their souls, and they feel no need of Christ. Not so with the poor blind man. His only hope is in Jesus. As he waits and watches, he hears the tread of many feet, and he eagerly inquires, What means this noise of travel? The by-standers answer that “Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.” With the eagerness of intense desire, he cries, “Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me!” They try to silence him, but he cries the more vehemently, “Thou Son of David, have mercy on me!” This appeal is heard. His persevering faith is rewarded. Not only is physical sight restored, but the eyes of his understanding are opened. In Christ he sees his Redeemer, and the Sun of Righteousness shines into his soul. All who feel their need of Christ as did blind Bartimaeus, and who will be as earnest and determined as he was, will, like him, receive the blessing which they crave.

The afflicted, suffering ones who sought Christ as their helper, were charmed with the divine perfection, the beauty of holiness, that shone forth in His character. But the Pharisees could see no beauty in Him that they should desire Him. His simple attire, and humble life, devoid of outward show, rendered Him to them as a root out of dry ground (The Review and Herald, March 15, 1887).

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