Mark 12 – Teachings From Jesus

Mark 12

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The Parable of the Vineyard Owner
Then He began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug out a pit for a winepress, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenant farmers and went away.

2 At harvest time he sent a slave to the farmers to collect some of the fruit of the vineyard from the farmers.

3 But they took him, beat him, and sent him away empty-handed.

4 Again he sent another slave to them, and they hit him on the head and treated him shamefully.

5 Then he sent another, and they killed that one. He also sent many others; they beat some and they killed some.

 6 “He still had one to send, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’

7 “But those tenant farmers said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours!’

8 So they seized him, killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.

9 “Therefore, what will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the farmers and give the vineyard to others.

10 Haven’t you read this Scripture: The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.

11 This came from the Lord and is wonderful in our eyes?”

12 Because they knew He had said this parable against them, they were looking for a way to arrest Him, but they were afraid of the crowd. So they left Him and went away.

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God and Caesar
13 Then they sent some of the Pharisees and the Herodians to Him to trap Him by what He said.

14 When they came, they said to Him, “Teacher, we know You are truthful and defer to no one, for You don’t show partiality but teach truthfully the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not?

15 Should we pay, or should we not pay?”  But knowing their hypocrisy, He said to them, “Why are you testing Me? Bring Me a denarius to look at.”

16 So they brought one. “Whose image and inscription is this?” He asked them.  “Caesar’s,” they said.

17 Then Jesus told them, “Give back to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were amazed at Him.

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The Sadducees and the Resurrection
18 Some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Him and questioned Him:

19 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaves his wife behind, and leaves no child, his brother should take the wife and produce offspring for his brother.

20 There were seven brothers. The first took a wife, and dying, left no offspring.

21 The second also took her, and he died, leaving no offspring. And the third likewise.

22 So the seven left no offspring. Last of all, the woman died too.

23 In the resurrection, when they rise, whose wife will she be, since the seven had married her?”

24 Jesus told them, “Are you not deceived because you don’t know the Scriptures or the power of God?

25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage but are like angels in heaven.

26 Now concerning the dead being raised—haven’t you read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the burning bush, how God spoke to him: I am the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob?

27 He is not God of the dead but of the living. You are badly deceived.”

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The Primary Commands
28 One of the scribes approached. When he heard them debating and saw that Jesus answered them well, he asked Him, “Which command is the most important of all?”

29 “This is the most important,” Jesus answered:

Listen, Israel! The Lord our God, the Lord is One.

30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.

31 “The second is: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other command greater than these.”

32 Then the scribe said to Him, “You are right, Teacher! You have correctly said that He is One, and there is no one else except Him.

33 And to love Him with all your heart, with all your understanding, and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself, is far more important than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

34 When Jesus saw that he answered intelligently, He said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And no one dared to question Him any longer.

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The Question about the Messiah
35 So Jesus asked this question as He taught in the temple complex, “How can the scribes say that the Messiah is the Son of David?

36 David himself says by the Holy Spirit:  The Lord declared to my Lord,
‘Sit at My right hand until I put Your enemies under Your feet.’

37 David himself calls Him ‘Lord’; how then can the Messiah be his Son?” And the large crowd was listening to Him with delight.

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Warning against the Scribes
38 He also said in His teaching, “Beware of the scribes, who want to go around in long robes, and who want greetings in the marketplaces,

39 the front seats in the synagogues, and the places of honor at banquets.

40 They devour widows’ houses and say long prayers just for show. These will receive harsher punishment.”

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The Widow’s Gift
41 Sitting across from the temple treasury, He watched how the crowd dropped money into the treasury. Many rich people were putting in large sums.

42 And a poor widow came and dropped in two tiny coins worth very little.

43 Summoning His disciples, He said to them, “I assure you: This poor widow has put in more than all those giving to the temple treasury.

44 For they all gave out of their surplus, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she possessed—all she had to live on.”


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26 thoughts on “Mark 12 – Teachings From Jesus

  1. 🙂 Great post as usual James. I’ve been out of the PC world more than usual. Still getting ads in a foreign language on my phone which gives pause….a new phone coming up……..

    The wonders of this holiday season were spent in just quiet 🙂 So refreshing and sweet. Prayed that everyone here had a nice time in Him considering all the normal festivities can bring in these times with mixed company.

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  2. Daily Devotional — 12/27/16

    BROTHER DUAN’S MIRACLE
    Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:15

    Brother Duan was an elderly house church leader in northern China. He was travelling with a group of believers today to hear a dynamic Bible teacher, Brother Wang.

    Duan asked, “What age is this Brother Wang?” When they told him he was in his early forties, a great look of pain swept Duan’s face. He said, “I once had a son. I knew him for only two months. Now he’s dead. But had he lived, he would be forty-two today. My wife called him “Christmas’ Child,” since he was born at Christmas time. I called him “Isaac,” because we had despaired of ever having a child, but ten years after we were married, along he came.”

    All looked at Duan as he continued, “I only saw him for two months.” He then told them how he and his wife were greatly persecuted evangelists in the 1950’s—both in great danger of arrest. So they offered their child to their enemy, two-fingered Wu and his wife who were childless.

    Duan never knew what happened until he came out of jail in 1978. His dear wife had died in the terrible famine of 1958. Their son had indeed been adopted by Wu, but the entire family had disappeared under the rubble when a devastating earthquake hit in 1975. Said Duan sadly as they approached the meeting house, “God judged me for being so irresponsible with my little son.”

    There was a crowd of two hundred packed into the house, and many outside at the windows. When Brother Wang began preaching, Duan got a terrible shock. It was like hearing himself. There was a commotion as he clawed his way to the window and looked at the preacher.

    Hearing the commotion, the preacher stopped. There was minute of shocked silence as both men looked at each other. The physical likeness was amazing. Duan began to apologize, “I’m sorry Brother Wang for interrupting your excellent message. You see, I had a son, who would be your age now. And if he had lived, he would have looked and sounded just like you.”

    Brother Wang began to tremble violently. Suddenly his legs buckled beneath him, and someone caught him before he fell down. Tears came into his eyes, and he whispered hoarsely, clutching his pounding chest, “Are you Daddy Duan?”

    Everyone wept. Father and son were reunited after forty-two years. Wang had indeed been brought up by two-fingered Wu, who had been so impressed by Duan’s act of giving that he became a strong believer. Wu used to say to him, “I’m not your real father. He is a great man of God, full of grace and love. He gave you to me, and I give you all my love, and the encouragement to put God first, just like your real father.” Wang’s adopted parents had moved away from the earthquake zone before the tragedy, and both died of cancer in their sixties. He became an evangelist, and tried to find his real father, but Duan had changed his name so many times to avoid arrest that he had proved untraceable, even to his son.

    As father and son continued to hug and weep, the elder of the church stood up and declared, “It’s December. We have seen our sermon tonight. “Christ came into the world to save sinners” – that is Christmas. Just as Duan handed his only son to the care of his enemy, so God handed over his own son to us sinners. Let us rejoice in their reconciliation and ours too.”

    RESPONSE: Today I will rejoice in God’s act of reconciliation in sending His only Son for me, a sinner.

    PRAYER: Thank You, Lord that You cared enough to provide a way for my being reconciled to You.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  3. The popeye and queen said this Christmas would not be like any other. In the dark bama split the Apple of Gods eye………praying over all who are ignorant of this and will be caught off guard, prayers needed for all who are aware and know this will bring fast judgement on america.

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  4. Its interesting how IT is stated in scripture that When Jesus taught he taught with an authority that the scribes could not match. I would present an idea that i dont think is New to you here that as Jesus is the Word in flesh IT would also reflect on the bible in use or that you or me use!

    Does your bible When read aloud convey a notable distinct authority or passage of message to the listener,Jesus did When he spoke to people! And supposedly your bible should do the same!

    A bible read aloud WHO is inspired and unmodified by human scholars based on the same text the apostles used in their day would sound distinct to anyone listening like Jesus did in his day!

    Because faith comes by hearing the Word of God observe hearing! Thats why its important that the build of the language is inspired and God breathed and has results to show!

    Does people think its an mere happenstance faith is dying in western countries, i think not. The reason is division within churches by application of too much human opinion ie bibleversions used that divide the faithful.

    This is one of the reasons i adhere to the Kjv and hold it as the only viable bibleversion to use within english speaking countries and within My own country we have an similar bible Based on the same manuscript as the Kjv and the ones WHO use IT in Finland are one of the few thriving Christian communities in Finland.

    Look now o your own country and find communities and churches that solely on faith use the Kjv and if their foundation is preaching Jesus Christ and salvation through him they might be small but they have a solid foundation.

    Remember trackrecord, distinct sound with authority and proof behind it will let the Holy Spirit work. Just reading it and releasing the beauty of unadultered words WHO are close to the most pure the english language has ever been could awaken an hunger an atavistic impulse that still reigns in the English speaking peoples souls to awake.

    Lord willing, Lord willing i say. Faith comes through hearing The Word people! Also sung as Peggy ought to know 😇

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  5. And to summarise my prior writing. When i read from a bible i want to be sure its thus saith the Lord when i speak it! I dont want academic or linguistics hamper my train of though. Because if be it me or you reading to anyone listening we will have genuine conviction and wordflow that is stimulated and brought forth by the Holy Spirit. With no doubt as i have when i read the Kjv or any bible of similar root. Reina valera in spanish or even the Luther bible in german.

    Im off to sleep now. Respects to all at this blog!

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  6. One more thought came to me. Scripture resonates through your being as one reads or declares it! And an example for english speakers is in place. Which one of these catches your attention internally or externally read or vocalized to self or public. Pick one….

    1.Dost thou have the temerity to doubt that thus sayeth the Lord. (Imagine it in a base male preacher voice).

    2. Do you have the temerity to doubt or disbelieve that so saith the Lord.

    Id go for the prior just based on the force of intonation anytime.

    Languages are like generations. Every one weaker than the last because of dna being weaker in each consecutive generation. Only the Lord can strenghthen that discrepancy in humanity. In those who adhere to his pure sayings as close to source as possible!

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    1. Waiting for Peggys response. Nothing like a womans practical wisdom. In proverbs wisdom is defined in female noun. Wisdom crieth in the streets, and whosoever findeth HER findeth a treasure more precious than gold! So says proverbs.

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  7. Stig, I use multiple versions side-by-side at times, to gain a better understanding. If I read something from one version and it is not clear, I pull up more versions and compare them. This is usually how I find things that are just not right in certain versions. Man has changed all versions over time and that’s where the Holy Spirit helps us with understanding.

    There are many people out there similar to myself — they don’t have years of Church doctrine to get in the way of understanding. In 2017, it will only be 2 years since I returned to the Lord after taking around 30 years rebellious vacation.

    I thank the Lord that he took me back, forgave all my sin and helps guide me every day. Because of my long years away from the Lord, I can easily spot False Church Doctrine and Churchianity/Christianese — for me, those are much harder to deal with than those who don’t know the Lord. Some people claim you must be a member of a Church building to be a Christian? I don’t buy the Church building thing, as that is not a requirement in scripture. There’s nothing wrong with attending a Church that shares the truth and is lead by the Holy Spirit, but Church can happen between a small group at home or any place.

    I still can’t quote scripture, but that’s not important. The important thing is to truly gain understanding in the Word with guidance from the Holy Spirit. There are some people I’ve run across that believe you must quote scripture to truly gain understanding? I’ve also run across people that believe you have to read prayers from printed sources all the time? To me, you should be praying the way you feel lead to do; otherwise, you will be sending up empty prayers.

    The important thing is that we ask for Clarity, Discernment and Wisdom while reading, so we truly understand the lessons shared. We may be seeking an answer on something and certain passages hi-light. Those passages may hi-light again at a later time, to answer yet another question.

    For me personally, I seem to gain better understanding as I write up posts with pictures. Sometimes I start off in certain passages, and then more seem to flow well together.

    Each one of us are unique and have different ways of learning. Let the Holy Spirit be your guide. People that can’t hear, speak or read can still have the Holy Spirit teach them in unique ways.

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    1. I still cant quote too much scripture Word for Word either but as you said i m open to let the Holy Spirit teach me on the matter though. One of the keys why i so strongly advocate the Kjv is the reason its open with nocopyright attached. And that is one way i think the Lord meant his Word to be open for all with royalties and money interest attached to anyone. Only the materials needed to print IT!

      As you JC have said you want increased clarity in scripture and a strongs concordance and a Kjv is most what you need. Otherwise the Holy Spirit will teach as we go as 1 John states in 5 th chapter id remember.

      There are good non Kjv bibles out there but copyright copyright is the issue. Sometimes they change just to justify that. IF its licensed its not free to use by anyone without strings attached!

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    2. Amazing grace is a song that has a message and melody to IT that has made IT a world success. But When i hear IT there is no more powerful version than the one sung in original english as IT was made. Was IT not Spurgeon WHO made amazing grace Peggy?

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  8. It’s only been the past few months via teachers, the scriptures took on a whole new meaning.
    It’s like watching a movie, then reading the book. The voice of the person playing the part can override the meaning of the text in the book. Just as you said Stig. There are also comma’s, etc where there should be none. To take into account the person doing the writing………their personality and the intent etc.
    If we’ve heard preachers, teachers, say their explanation of a verse over many years, out of context, I might add, we tend to “read it” it that way.

    Like a Texan saying “Ya’ll” instead of you all. So much depth in every single word the Lord has to say!
    Televangelists have watered down the true meaning of Jesus healing and placed faith or lack thereof on the person not receiving healing. Jesus healed everyone and did not ask them if they had sin first……..He simply had compassion and healed all. He had the faith where it was lacking in those when needed. One pet peeve, is never was there a sowing of money seed for healing. Uhg!! It’s been so distorted, watered down and put in a box! Where Jesus is living, so very alive and in us at all times.

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    1. You’se said it Sonshine. Ya’all are right in your views but sonshine hammered the issue to the wall.

      Now Peggy is in to match the game 🙂

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  9. Door to door gold confiscation started in India is reported and Eu tightened influx of gold and foreign currency after Berlin terrorist attacks.

    Hunt for money is on but in short term this is good for America. Because wealth will be parked at your place until Nwo economic totalitatarianism is complete.

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  10. Daily Devotional — 12/28/16
    SAMUEL AND HIS CRIPPLED SON
    But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law… Galatians 4:4

    Samuel was a schoolmaster in a small city in central China. One night he overheard his head teacher praying, “Lord, please help Samuel to love his son. It’s so sad the way he treats him so cruelly, cutting him off, refusing to spend time in the home, ashamed of his crippled boy. Lord, we don’t know what goes on in the mind of his son, but we do know he is very sad. His wife says the boy weeps all the time when the father comes in and leaves. He may not know much, but he does know he’s not loved, and doesn’t know why.”

    Deeply moved by the prayer, Samuel went home late that night and sat beside his sleeping son for hours, just stroking his hair and whispering, “Forgive me.”

    Every night after that, Samuel stayed late at his son’s bedside, reading him portions of the Bible – a book he had found at school. When he had finished a page, he would signal to the boy, who loved to help by turning the page. They felt warm together. Soon his wife joined them for the readings, and the family grew closer and closer.

    Samuel sensed new feelings of love well up inside him as he read the truths of the Bible. He felt a power to love his son more and more. That’s when tragedy struck. His boy was run over by a truck and badly injured. There was nothing the medics could do. They took him home to nurse him through to the end. Christians came and prayed for his healing, but the boy continued to deteriorate. By this time Samuel was praying to God, and crying out for Him to spare his son’s life. But in December, after a sudden power failure, the boy finally died.

    Samuel asked the Christians to hold a service for his boy. A pastor came and prayed, saying, “Lord, you knew this boy was going to die. How kind of you to reconcile father and son before he died. Thank you for your work of grace. And we thank you for your eternal work too. You watched your son, helpless in flesh, die and grow cold—all because you knew we could not love you otherwise, as we are so blind in our selfishness.”

    Samuel pondered the meaning of this prayer. He didn’t understand it all. But he did get this: God had lost a son too. Unlike Samuel, God lost a son He had cherished, a son that was perfect. How much harder for God. He went to church the following Sunday in a nearby community where they were celebrating an event unknown to Samuel, called “Christmas.”

    Samuel testified on that very Sunday, “I see that I see that I went through what God went through. He had a Son He loved, and watched Him die that life may come to everyone. I too had a son, but I did not love him. Then God broke my heart, so that I could love him. Then He took him.

    “But I have life now, life that will last so long that one day I know I will be reunited with my son. And he will not be lame. And we will fellowship together, not in freezing rooms of fear and pain, but on beautiful planets of peace and harmony. I can love again, and this is the joy of Christmas for me. Even in my grief, with my son gone, I can love again. We can all love again!”

    RESPONSE: Today I will express my love for God even in the midst of any pain and loss.

    PRAYER: Pray for people who have suffered deeply and may feel God cannot forgive them.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  12. Daily Devotional — 12/29/16
    GIVEN WHAT TO SAY
    But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Matthew 10:19-20

    It was early in the morning the day after Christmas. It was cold. Mehdi Forootan sat in the back seat of an undercover police car in front of his house in Tehran, Iran. An officer pointed a camcorder at him. “Do you know why you were arrested?” the officer asked him. “No,” Forootan replied.

    The officer turned off the camera and looked Forootan in the eyes. “I can beat you until blood is coming out of your mouth and every part of you. The next time I turn on the camera, you tell me why we are taking you,” the officer said and turned the camera back on.

    Forootan spoke of his faith in Christ, and he spent the next 105 days in Iran’s harshest prison. On Dec. 26, 2010, authorities had arrested Forootan in a wave of persecution against Iran’s underground church. More than three months later, he was one of a few who had not been released.

    During one interrogation, an officer turned on a camcorder and pointed it toward him, demanding that Forootan tell him about his “crime.” Forootan began to tell him how he had struggled with substance abuse as a teenager, “and how when I was in university I found Jesus and He saved me, and I have been free ever since. But he became angry and turned off the camera. He said, ‘I asked you to tell about your crime, not evangelize us.’”

    After months of trying to get him to write statements confessing a crime, authorities inexplicably released him. Forootan said his first month out of prison was one of the worst of his life. He couldn’t speak to anyone of his prison experience for fear that authorities were watching and would re-arrest him. His parents had given the deed of their house to authorities as bail.

    He and his fiancée decided it was best for him to leave Iran and go to Turkey as a refugee. For Forootan, this meant an illegal escape through the mountains, because authorities had confiscated his passport.

    “I came out of Iran with 70 Afghanis,” Forootan said. “I went to the mountains and walked in the mountains for eight hours, and after eight hours I came to Turkey…That was really hard, because I really love Iran, and I’m really sad about this land. Maybe I can’t see my country again.”

    Many who follow Jesus in other lands make great sacrifices for the sake of the gospel. Despite harsh treatment—even prison with interrogations—they still love their home country. But during those interrogations, the Holy Spirit gives the right words to be spoken.

    RESPONSE: Today I will rest in the Lord realizing that when pressures come, He is with me and His Spirit will give me the right words to speak.

    PRAYER: Pray for those who like Forootan above are forced to leave the home land they love because of their witness to the gospel of Christ.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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