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Mark 12

September 14, 2007

Here’s how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people’s insights.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

14 thoughts on “Mark 12”

  1. Late on 11. I was on a business trip last week, and do not have a laptop. So this is my contribution to last week. This is the only place I know where the gospels say that God will not forgive you. Mk11:26 “But if ye do not forgive, neither will your father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.” There are those that ascribe to the theory that once you are saved, that you remain that way. I am not one of those. I believe there are ways to revoke your salvation. Even as God had to turn his back on the ugliness that became his son on the cross.

    On to 12.I liked the first parable very much, because it speaks very clearly to me of some of the church of that day nad this. Being given responsibility to produce fruit. But when God soneds someone to them to speak with them they reject him. Many of the experiences of the disaffected have this type of tone to it.

    This chapter has two tenents of my faith in it. Mk 12:30,31 “Love the the Lord thy God will all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”

    Shortly after he refuted being the son of David, saying “How can I be David’s son when he calls me Lord?” paraphrasing. Just an oddity there.

    Then, and it is a nother tenent of my faith. Humility. (You noticed that of me did you-dripping in sarcasm) It is one that I try to balance. Because I believe God gave me talents, and not to use them would be wrong. But in using them, I come out sounding supereior sometimes. It is not what I choose, it kind of just happens. I am trying to be, softer, I guess is the word.

    And lastly, giving your all. The widow with the two mites. Another tenent of my faith. This chapter is richer to me than most of the rest of the bible. Absolute commitment. Another gift from God. It has always been easy for me to give 100% when committed. That I think is why my marriage has lasted to the 15 years this Oct 10th. As all marriages are, they are work. We have hit times in our marriage that it would have been easier to just say, let’s quit, and go our seperate ways. But we were always to committed to one another to do that. so we stuck through the HARD times, and found the GREAT times afterword. That is why I stick with God. Such is the marriage with the church. There will be hard tomes, but the GREAT times, come afterword. Just how it works, and I trust in that.

  2. Late on 11. I was on a business trip last week, and do not have a laptop. So this is my contribution to last week. This is the only place I know where the gospels say that God will not forgive you. Mk11:26 “But if ye do not forgive, neither will your father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.” There are those that ascribe to the theory that once you are saved, that you remain that way. I am not one of those. I believe there are ways to revoke your salvation. Even as God had to turn his back on the ugliness that became his son on the cross.

    On to 12.I liked the first parable very much, because it speaks very clearly to me of some of the church of that day nad this. Being given responsibility to produce fruit. But when God soneds someone to them to speak with them they reject him. Many of the experiences of the disaffected have this type of tone to it.

    This chapter has two tenents of my faith in it. Mk 12:30,31 “Love the the Lord thy God will all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”

    Shortly after he refuted being the son of David, saying “How can I be David’s son when he calls me Lord?” paraphrasing. Just an oddity there.

    Then, and it is a nother tenent of my faith. Humility. (You noticed that of me did you-dripping in sarcasm) It is one that I try to balance. Because I believe God gave me talents, and not to use them would be wrong. But in using them, I come out sounding supereior sometimes. It is not what I choose, it kind of just happens. I am trying to be, softer, I guess is the word.

    And lastly, giving your all. The widow with the two mites. Another tenent of my faith. This chapter is richer to me than most of the rest of the bible. Absolute commitment. Another gift from God. It has always been easy for me to give 100% when committed. That I think is why my marriage has lasted to the 15 years this Oct 10th. As all marriages are, they are work. We have hit times in our marriage that it would have been easier to just say, let’s quit, and go our seperate ways. But we were always to committed to one another to do that. so we stuck through the HARD times, and found the GREAT times afterword. That is why I stick with God. Such is the marriage with the church. There will be hard tomes, but the GREAT times, come afterword. Just how it works, and I trust in that.

  3. For me the most interesting bit is when they asked Jesus about paying taxes to Caesar. They wanted a black and white answer but Jesus gave them a principle. So often we want God to give us a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer and He gives a principle and lets us work out the details – which is amazing that He trusts us like that.

  4. For me the most interesting bit is when they asked Jesus about paying taxes to Caesar. They wanted a black and white answer but Jesus gave them a principle. So often we want God to give us a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer and He gives a principle and lets us work out the details – which is amazing that He trusts us like that.

  5. I s’pose He trusts us ?? lol

    But He sure didn’t trust the men He was giving that answer to …

    Nate, amazing encouragement and commentary on your marriage success … love never fails 🙂

    This is the parable I like .. the one about the widow who has no child and is given to each brother as they die … who’s wife will she be in the resurrection?

    25When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. Now about the dead rising—have you not read in the book of Moses, in the account of the bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are badly mistaken!”

    Cool … we’re gonna be like angels He said …
    I can dig it lol

    Are you settled nicely in your new home Susan?

  6. I s’pose He trusts us ?? lol

    But He sure didn’t trust the men He was giving that answer to …

    Nate, amazing encouragement and commentary on your marriage success … love never fails 🙂

    This is the parable I like .. the one about the widow who has no child and is given to each brother as they die … who’s wife will she be in the resurrection?

    25When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. Now about the dead rising—have you not read in the book of Moses, in the account of the bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are badly mistaken!”

    Cool … we’re gonna be like angels He said …
    I can dig it lol

    Are you settled nicely in your new home Susan?

  7. I hadn’t thought about that before but it is a really good thought – we are going to be like angels.

    Thanks for asking Wendy – yes I am settling in quite well. Still on a bit of a learning curve with my new job.

  8. I hadn’t thought about that before but it is a really good thought – we are going to be like angels.

    Thanks for asking Wendy – yes I am settling in quite well. Still on a bit of a learning curve with my new job.

  9. v.40 They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.”

    People who do the wrong thing and then put on a "show" to give the impression that they are righteous will be punished more severely than those who simply do the wrong thing.

    Making out we are "religious" or "Christian" for a "show" is worse than being a thief (devourer of widow's houses).

  10. v.40 They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.”

    People who do the wrong thing and then put on a "show" to give the impression that they are righteous will be punished more severely than those who simply do the wrong thing.

    Making out we are "religious" or "Christian" for a "show" is worse than being a thief (devourer of widow's houses).

  11. v.32 “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him.

    There are always some who will get it. Always a remnant, a fraction, who understand. All through church history there are always a few who truly get it.

  12. v.32 “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him.

    There are always some who will get it. Always a remnant, a fraction, who understand. All through church history there are always a few who truly get it.

  13. v.43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.

    Again God's accounting is different to ours. The rich don't necessarily have God's favour and the poor can give more than the rich. We are more influential than we realize. Regardless of our circumstances, rich or poor, if we are obeying God we can have a huge impact.

  14. v.43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.

    Again God's accounting is different to ours. The rich don't necessarily have God's favour and the poor can give more than the rich. We are more influential than we realize. Regardless of our circumstances, rich or poor, if we are obeying God we can have a huge impact.

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