Mark 12: No More Questions

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!

What words from this chapter resonated with you?  

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8 thoughts on “Mark 12: No More Questions

  1. In earlier verse (1-13), Jesus critic the Herodian. That shameful act fot not paying worker and killed them. I think Jesus want to highlight the integrity, sincerity, and righteous act must be held even between servant and owner, or we make it broad ie Employee- Employer, Goverment-Public, and etc.

    14-17 -Paying tax is part of faith, even Ceaser is cruel man, Jesus insist public to pay taxes in right portion, even he not mention the amount paying to God and Ceaser.

    26 – So God is God for all past prophet. 27 – And He is a living God, not a death God. A character of God.

    30 – Love your God with your heart, but which God? Jesus still preaching about God the Father not the Holy Ghost and himself. Even last time “Holy Spirit” is still speak in parables.

    31 – Love your neighbor. I heard a lot about this, by loving our neighbor, our society will grow correctly. All is about society and community, without good community, even we teach our son a good manner, he still can corrupt.

    32 -33 – So God is One and there no others but Him. So Jesus declare there was no others but Him.
    3 thing , (1) to love God, (2) To understand characteristic of God, (3) To understand and love with all the strength.

    34 – Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted in the marketplaces,
    So Jesus also ask to beware of corrupted teacher, i thought only my religion teach that. The characteristic of corrupted of teacher of law is he always surround by wealth, nicer clothes, head leader of government. “Watch out” is something very broad, how to watch out is we dont know the teaching, how to “watch out” if we dont read, how to “watch out” if we take a blind faith, how to “watch out” if living freely. how to “watch out” if we keep hearing and listening, but do not take a lesson learn.

    43 – I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. It sound familiar to me.

    • Your point of application from the parable of the tenants makes sense. The bigger point that Jesus was trying to make in his time surely had to do with how the religious leaders had been given the responsibility of caring for Israel (which was often referred to by the prophets as a “vineyard”) but they used that job for their own glory and would not listen to God nor his son Jesus (another place where the sonship of Jesus seems pretty clear). They kill the “son” which is precisely what will happen by the end of the week in the storyline of Mark.

      Regarding v.29-33: remember Christians only have one God.

      I think you are saying in order to “watch out” we have to know enough to know what to watch out for. If I am right, I think that is a very good point.

  2. Melanie Semore

    “Beware the religious scholars…” Jesus condemns those who teach “Do as I say, not as I do.” Failure to walk the talk is a universal caution, but Jesus seems to hit especially close to home because in this passage he has singled out teachers. Teachers seem to have higher expectations placed on them, I suppose because the very nature of their work involves such great, life-shaping influence on their students. We who are teachers have a tremendous responsibility and the potential for greater condemnation if our lives and our message are not congruent.

  3. Eddy

    And still sobering today as I read.

  4. Melanie is so right. As a religion teacher, the phrase from the Message that is used half a dozen times – “religion scholars” – really smarts.

    I wonder if the Pharisees were consciously “exploiting the weak and helpless” or whether they would have been surprised by that characterization. Most of us today don’t consciously do that, not even close. But is there a way in which that is true of us still? Not sure.

  5. I’m with you, Jason. I’d like to know how they were exploiting others. What did that look like? Was it an active or passive exploitation? Is not noticing or not bringing to light the injustice around us an exploitation itself? I have lots of questions about this passage.

  6. “‘Surely they will restrain themselves and respect my son.’ But the tenants saw their chance and said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come! Let’s kill him, and we’ll inherit it all!'” (12:6)

    The vineyard owner is thinking his son will cause the tenant-farmers to relent, but it has the exact opposite affect: they get more deadly and intent on getting their way though violence. How depraved!

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