Based on the title, this is likely one my favorite parts of the Bible, because I love anything that sums up the will of God. Mark 12:28-34. We continue the trend of dealing with the experts in the law. One of them asked Jesus, “Which commandment it the most important of all?” Let’s break down […]Read More The Greatest Commandment
Continuing the trend of the last few stories, we once again have some authority figures asking Jesus a question to attempt to confuse, mislead, or trap Jesus. In Mark 12:18-27, this time it’s the Sadducees, who, according to Mark, didn’t believe there would be a resurrection of the dead in the afterlife. I would go […]Read More Marriage and Resurrection
So, we seem to be in a series of incidents whereby the religious and political authorities of the day were attempting to trick Jesus into losing popularity with the people so they would be free to kill him quietly. First, we have the authority question, then the “parable of the tenants” response, and now in […]Read More Paying Taxes to Caesar
In my last blog, I observed from an outside perspective the parable of the tenants and the seemingly heartless slaughter of many humans by both some vicious farmers, and a cold vineyard owner. Now it is time to unlock this parable using the verse that Jesus gives in verses 10-12. “The stone the builders rejected […]Read More The Parable of the Tenants v. 2
The beginning of chapter 12. What does Jesus through Mark have to teach us today? Jesus in Jerusalem teaches a parable. A man crafted a vineyard, winepress, and watchtower. Then he leased it to 4 farmers and went on holiday. It should be noted that building things to lease to others was as common a […]Read More The Parable of the Tenants v. 1
As we leave chapter 11 of the Gospel of Mark, let us recap what we’ve learned so far. I can promise you that if you take these 10 points seriously, and begin to practice them in your life, you will experience a transfiguration of your own. 1. Jesus was the prophesied Messiah, Christ, Anointed and […]Read More The Lessons of Mark, So Far.
Jesus returns to Jerusalem, and we return to the message of the first half of Mark. Authority! “By what authority are you doing these things?” Jesus, of course, answers with a riddle, because straight answers are for losers! Basically, the question is, “Who gave John the authority to baptize?” Their answer? “We don’t know.” Because […]Read More The Authority of Jesus