For whoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because you belong to Christ, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Whosoever shall give you a cup of water.—See Note on Matthew 10:42. The reproduction of the promise in so different a context is significant as an instance of our Lord’s method of teaching, reiterating words of blessing and of wisdom till they were engraved indelibly on the minds of those who heard them.Mark 9:41-42. For whosoever shall give you a cup of water, &c. — Having answered John, our Lord resumes the discourse, which was broken off at Mark 9:37. And to show the apostles further, that they had been in the wrong to discourage this person, who must have entertained a great veneration for their Master, and was in a fair way to become his follower, he told them, that the lowest degree of respect which any one showed him, though it were but the giving a cup of cold water to one of his thirsty disciples, would be acceptable to him, and should not lose its reward: whereas, on the other hand, the least discouragement of his servants in their duty, come from what quarter it might, should be severely punished. For he added, Whosoever shall offend: και ος αν σκανδαλιση, whosoever shall cause to stumble one of these little ones — The very least Christian. It is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck — See note on Matthew 18:5-6.
Continuation of Teaching Suggested by the Disciples' Strife (Mr 9:42-50).
What follows appears to have no connection with the incidental reproof of John immediately preceding. As that had interrupted some important teaching, our Lord hastens back from it, as if no such interruption had occurred.Matthew 10:42: there the phrase is, in the name of a disciple; here it is expounded, because ye belong to Christ. In my name; upon my account, believing you have a relation to me. Matthew 10:42; is to be reckoned a friend, and is so accounted by Christ; and will be sooner or later taken notice of by him, especially, if what he does, be it ever so little, is done on his account:
in my name, because ye belong to Christ; or as the Syriac version renders it, "on account that ye are Christ's"; are his disciples, are called by his name, are partakers of his grace, bear his image and likeness, are loved by him, interested in him, given to him, redeemed by him called by his grace, and shall be with him:
verily l say unto you, he shall not lose his reward; See Gill on Matthew 10:42.For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Mark 9:41. See on Matthew 10:42. There is nothing opposed to the assumption that Jesus uttered such a saying here also, and generally on several occasions.
γάρ refers, by way of assigning a reason, to what immediately precedes, in so far, namely, as the high significance of their position in the world is contained in ὃς οὐκ ἔστι καθʼ ὑμῶν, ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν ἔστιν. “For ye are such important persons as the Messiah’s disciples in the world, that he who shows to you the smallest service of love,” etc.
ἐν ὀνόματι ὅτι κ.τ.λ.] so that this rendering of service has its impelling reason in the name, in the characteristic designation, that ye are Messiah’s disciples, i.e. for the sake of the name. Comp. Winer, p. 346 f. [E. T. 484]. On εἶναί τινος, addictum esse alicui, see Bremi, ad Dem. Phil. III. p. 125, 56; Seidler, ad Eur. El. 1098; Ast, Lex. Plat. I. p. 621.Mark 9:41 = Matthew 10:42, but a later secondary form of the saying: ποτήριον ὕδατος for π. ψυχραῦ, and ὅτι Χριστοῦ ἐστέ instead of εἰς ὄν. μαθητοῦ.41. a cup of water] which all gave readily in those sultry lands.Mark 9:41. Ὃς, who) Jesus, after that He has satisfied the reverently-proposed difficulty felt on the part of John, returns to the former subject.—γὰρ, for) All things are accepted, whereby help is ministered to you, even the smallest things.
[Mark 9:42. καὶ, and) After the reply has been given to John, the former discourse is continued. So Mark 9:42 coheres with Mark 9:37.—V. g.]—περίκειται, is hanged about) The present of the indicative has here an emphasis.Verse 41. - In my name, because ye belong to Christ. The reading adopted in the Revised Version is, ἐν ὀνόματι ὅτι χριστοῦ ἐστέ: literally, in name, that ye are Christ's; or, because ye are Christ's. The force of this observation seems to be this: "If he who gives you a cup of water to drink in my Name, and out of regard for me, does well, and shall be rewarded of God, much more shall he be rewarded who casts out devils in my Name." The disciples are thus taught that it is contrary to the whole spirit of Christianity to disparage works of beneficence, or to suggest unworthy motives for them (see 'Speaker's Commentary,' in loc.).
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