Jesus is really turning up the heat. It is no wonder he is killed in only a few more chapters.
The questions stop after this point (12:34); the crowds are delighted at Jesus’ wisdom (12:37) but the Jewish religious leaders are tired of being served up a hearty portion of humble pie.
Its funny, I think the passage I liked the most in today’s chapter was meant to be sarcastic and snide:
They sent some Pharisees to Jesus, and some Herodians, to try to trick him into saying the wrong thing. “Teacher,’ they said, “we know you are a man of integrity; you don’t regard anybody as special. You don’t bother about the outward show people put up; you teach God’s way truly.” (12:13-14a)
Though the Pharisees and Herodians didn’t really think this about Jesus, he truly possessed these attributes. And what great traits they are! Integrity, a lack of favoritism, authenticity, and true teaching.
Now, those are the traits I would like to have!