The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleMark 10:24
And the disciples were astonished at his words…
they expected, in a little while, that the kingdom of the Messiah
would be set up in great worldly pomp and grandeur; and that all the
rich men of the nation would come into it, become his subjects, and
join to support the glory and splendour of it:
but Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, children:
common with the Jews to call the disciples, or scholars of the wise
men, "children"; hence that saying of theirs F6, (Mynb Mywrq Mydymlth) ,
"the disciples are called children", which they prove from (2 Kings 2:3)
(Isaiah 8:18) .
How hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the
kingdom of God!
This he said partly to confirm what he had before
said, at which his disciples were astonished; and partly to explain
it, as that he was to be understood of such that trusted in their
riches, set their hearts upon them, and placed their hope and
happiness in them: and the great difficulty, or rather impossibility
of such, at least continuing so, entering into the kingdom of God,
is still more strongly expressed in the following words.
F6 Maimon. Hilch. Talmud Tora, c. 1. sect. 2. Moses Kotsensis Mitzvot
Tora, pr. affirm. 12. Vid. T. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol. 19. 2. Bereshit
Rabba, sect. 42. fol. 36. 4. & Vajikra Rabba, sect. 11. fol. 154. 4.