1. Mark 10:26 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

What is the reason for the disciples’ astonishment?

Mark 10:26 (ESV)

26 And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?”

The disciples appear to be dismayed. If a rich man is so far removed from the kingdom as a camel is from entering through the eye of a needle, that means that also the less wealthy have no chance whatsoever. Trusting in what they possess may not be quite as strong among people with few possessions, but also a small donkey, even a mouse, cannot go through the eye of a needle! And they say among themselves, If that is the case we may as well forget it. Who can then be saved.1