|Mark 12 |
1 Then he began to speak to them in parables: "A certain man planted a vineyard and put a hedge around it, and dug a place for the wine vat and built a tower. Then he leased it out to vine dressers and went into a far country.
2 And when the season came, he sent a servant to the vine dresser, so that he might receive some of the fruit from the vineyard.
3 But they took him and beat him and sent him away empty-handed.
4 And again he sent another servant to them and they threw stones at him and wounded him in the head and sent him away shamefully treated.
5 And again he sent another and they killed him and many others; beating some and killing some.
6 Therefore, still having one son, his well beloved, he sent him also to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.'
7 But those vine dressers said among themselves, 'This is the heir; come, let us kill him and the inheritance will be our's.'
8 And they took him, and killed him and cast him out of the vineyard.
9 Now, what will the lord of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the vine dressers, and will give the vineyard to others.
10 Have you not read this scripture: 'The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.
12 And they sought to lay hands on him, but feared the people; for they knew that he had spoken the parable against them. So they left him and went their way.
13 Then they sent some of the Pharisees and the Herodians to him, to try and catch him in his words.
14 And when they came, they said to him, "Master, we know that you are true and have no bias for any man, for you have no regard for the position of men, but teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to give tribute [tax] to Caesar or not?
15 Shall we pay, or not pay?" But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, "Why do you tempt me? Bring me a denarius, that I may see it."
16 So they brought it. And he said to them, "Whose image and inscription is this?" And they said to him, "Caesar's."
17 And Jesus said to them, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." And they marveled at him.
18 Then the Sadducees, who said there is no resurrection, came to him with a question.
19 "Master," they said "Moses wrote to us that if a man's brother dies and leaves his wife behind him, and leaves no children, that his brother should take his widow and raise up children for his brother.
20 Now there were seven brothers; and the first took a wife, and dying left no children.
21 And the second took her, and died, leaving no children; and the third likewise.
22 And finally, all seven died, leaving no children; last of all the woman died also.
23 Therefore, in the resurrection, when they rise, whose wife will she be? For the seven had her as a wife."
24 And Jesus answered them, "Is this not where you are in error, because you do not know the scriptures nor the power of God?
25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are like the angels that are in heaven.
26 Now about the dead rising; have you not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spoke to him, saying, 'I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?'
27 He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living; you are therefore greatly mistaken."
28 Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, "Which is the first [and greatest] commandment of all?"
29 And Jesus answered him, "The first of all the commandments is, 'Hear, O Israel, The Lord our God, the LORD is one;
30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength;' this is the first commandment. [Until your selfish, evil human spirit has been killed and crucified on the inward cross of self-denial, it is impossible to love God with all your heart, soul, and strength; and if you think otherwise, you are living in presumption. The beginning of love for God is to listen for His words to you, heed Him, and obey Him. Anything else is the lip service of the hypocrites. Your defiled heart must first be cleansed through repentance on the cross to love God with all your heart. There is an outstanding sermon devoted to this First Commandment by Steven Crisp.]
31 And the second is like it, namely this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these.'[Unless you have hated your life, and gone to the Lord to wait on Him and obey Him until your selfish human spirit has been crucified, it is impossible to love your neighbor as yourself. Any other supposed way is deception. Man is a fallen, selfish creature, and until a man has been restored to the image of God's righteousness and holiness, he does not even understand what love is. Your defiled heart must first be cleansed through obedience on the inward cross of self-denial to love your neighbor as yourself.]
32 Then the scribe said to him, "Well said, Master, you have said the truth; for God is one, and there is no other than he.
33 And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is more than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices.
34 And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." And no man after that dared ask him any question.
35 Now when Jesus was teaching in the temple, he asked, "How is it that the scribes say that the Christ is the Son of David?
36 For David himself said by the Holy Spirit, 'The LORD said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.'
37 Therefore David himself calls him Lord; how can he then be his son?" Now the common people heard him gladly.
38 Then he said to them as he taught, "Beware of the scribes, who love to go about in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces,
39 And the chief seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts;
40 Who devour widows' houses, and for a show make long prayers.1 They will receive greater damnation."
41 Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and watched how the people put money into the treasury; and many who were rich put in large amounts.
42 But a certain poor widow came there, and she put in two small copper coins, which are worth less than a penny.
43 And he called his disciples to him and said to them, "Truly I say to you, that this poor widow has put more in than all the others who have given to the treasury.
44 For they all gave from their abundance; but she, out of her poverty, put in all that she had, even all she had to live on."
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1 Beware of ministers who dress in long robes, who take the seats in front of everyone, up on the stage to be seen; who love to be greeted in the world with the title of Dr. or Reverend or Father; who ask, even widows, to give money for their support; who make up from their own minds lengthy prayers, making a show to impress everyone with their godliness. They love the admiration of men, they shall receive the greater punishment.
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