MARK

Chapter Twelve

 

 

Mark 12:1 And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country.

Mark 12:2 And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard.

Mark 12:3 And they caught him, and beat him, and sent him away empty.

Mark 12:4 And again he sent unto them another servant; and at him they cast stones, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled.

Mark 12:5 And again he sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing some.

Mark 12:6 Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son.

Mark 12:7 But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be our's.

Mark 12:8 And they took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.

Mark 12:9 What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.

Mark 12:10 And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner:

Mark 12:11 This was the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?

Mark 12:12 And they sought to lay hold on him, but feared the people: for they knew that he had spoken the parable against them: and they left him, and went their way.

Mark 12:13 And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words.

Mark 12:14 And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?

Mark 12:15 Shall we give, or shall we not give? But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why tempt ye me? bring me a penny, that I may see it.

Mark 12:16 And they brought it. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? And they said unto him, Caesar's.

Mark 12:17 And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marvelled at him.

Mark 12:18 Then come unto him the Sadducees, which say there is no resurrection; and they asked him, saying,

Mark 12:19 Master, Moses wrote unto us, If a man's brother die, and leave his wife behind him, and leave no children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.

Mark 12:20 Now there were seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and dying left no seed.

Mark 12:21 And the second took her, and died, neither left he any seed: and the third likewise.

Mark 12:22 And the seven had her, and left no seed: last of all the woman died also.

Mark 12:23 In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife shall she be of them? for the seven had her to wife.

Mark 12:24 And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?

Mark 12:25 For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.

Mark 12:26 And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?

Mark 12:27 He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.

Mark 12:28 And 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 commandment of all?

Mark 12:29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:

Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

Mark 12:31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

Mark 12:32 And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:

Mark 12:33 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 his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.

Mark 12:34 And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.

Mark 12:35 And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the son of David?

Mark 12:36 For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The LORD said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool.

Mark 12:37 David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son? And the common people heard him gladly.

Mark 12:38 And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces,

Mark 12:39 And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts:

Mark 12:40 Which devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation.

Mark 12:41 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.

Mark 12:42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.

Mark 12:43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:

Mark 12:44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.

 

 

CHAPTER TWELVE:

1. Vs. 1-5- Jehovah rejected

2. Vs. 6-8 and vs. 12- Messiah rejected

3. Vs. 9- God the Holy Spirit rejected

4. Vs. 10-11- The Messianic Kingdom hinted at

5. Vs. 13-17- Render to Caesar

Cf. Luke 23:1-4

6. Vs. 14-27- Legands of sex in heaven dispatched

Islam:

Mormonism:

John MacArthur

7. Vs. 28-34- The greatest commandment

8. Vs. 35-37- Teaching for the common man

9. Vs. 38-44- Scribes and widows

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Introduction:

Again, a parable is used to teach

Unlike Matthew 13 with its 4 parables, this lesson has only

one.

Remember: A parable teaches only one major truth.

Truth taught here: Messiah will be rejected.

In fact, the whole Godhead is rejected...

1. Vs. 1-5- Jehovah rejected (God the Father)

The Vineyard is Israel

Husbandmen are the Jewish leaders, especially the priests

and scribes.

Servants sent are the prophets

How were they received?

Stoned, killed, beaten.

ILL. Jeremiah, Michiah, Amos.

God's wrath was deferred- Malachi 1:6-8- They deserved

wrath then.

2. Vs. 6-8 and vs. 12- Messiah rejected (God the

Son)

Romans 10:1-4- They rejected God's perfect example of

Himself.

ILL. Mark 12:12

Isaiah 53:1-12- This is of Israel.

Acts and Paul apply it to the Church also.

3. Vs. 9- God the Holy Spirit rejected

Hinted at by Christ in vs. 9- Discuss

"he will... unto others" Said by Christ here in Mark 12.

Repeated by the crowd in Matt. 21:40-41.

What condemnation!

For the "textual critic" this is not unusual.

It is common in Old testament to repeat the saying by

the hearer.

ILL. In this chapter, vs. 28-32. Read.

Don't let "scholars" play tricks with your confidence in

the KJV.

4. Vs. 10-11- The Messianic Kingdom hinted at

The Godhead had been rejected. About 70 AD.

So, God sent Romans to destroy Jerusalem, and the saints

scattered.

Later, the Jews scattered. Have been in dispersion ever since!

They have been hated by all nations. USA now joining

in.

Germany again hates Jews. New World Order plans to

destroy them.

Zerunovsky calls for Russia to attack and destroy Israel.

It is prophecied in Ezekiel 38-39.

Vs. 10- This is NOT the Church Age. Psalm 118:22-29

Tell story of the stone rejected during the building of the

temple.

Pushed into the Kedron Valley.

At the end, the stone had to be found.

[ Side Note: See the italics in Psalm 118:22-23.

"which" and "is" spoken by Christ in Mark.

This is what is called advanced revelation.

It has not existed since John finished the book of

Revelation ]

Cf. Romans 11:18-24- Israel grafted back in.

Same text, vs. 26-28.

Cf. Isiah 65:8-18- Servants are Jews.

[ Side Note: Is all wine alcoholic? Isaiah 65:8 ]

CONCLUSION to points 1 - 4- Rejection of the

Godhead:

Discuss the same pattern in the Church Age.

1. Donitists, Winklers, Stablers, Cathari, and

Waldenseans- Called men to God the Father.

Men rejected and lifted up Father Pope.

2. Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, Moravians, and Anabaptists-

Called men to Christ. Sola Cristi. Men lifted up

Alter Christos, and German

rationalists and Liberals rejected Christ.

3. Moody, Goforth, Finney, and Kiswick- Called men to

surrender to the Holy Spirit. Men lifted up

experience and blaspheme the Holy Spirit in holy

laughter, Promise Keepers, and holy puke.

Next item on the agenda: Romans 1:18 The "Great

Tribulation"

5. Vs. 13-17- Render to Caesar

A. It is fashionable to apply this text only to tax.

On board, list things Caesar demands:

1. Tax

Multiple taxation

Registration

Permits

Tolls

Sales tax- The only fair tax

Property and income tax

Fines

Collect sales tax- Illegal

Use tax

Driver's lic. Ham radio, what next?

Breathing tax?

Business lic.

2. Draft

3. Jury duty

4. Community ordinances- Smog tests to bug

tests.

5. Vaccinations

6. Hunting permits

7. Water rights regulations

8. Certification

9. Pollution vouchers

10. Social security

11. Welfare demands to comply

12. Road checks

13. Wet lands

14. Right of way

B. It is in fashion with tax rebels to say Jesus taught us not to

pay Caesar.

Cf. Luke 23:1-4

Note: What did the mob accuse Jesus of?

Why do we KNOW that Jesus did not

condone tax rebellion?

Cf. Matthew 17:24-27

Note: Did Jesus take the money from the bag of

Judas?

Why not?

Where did Jesus insist it come from?

Income.

So, income tax is legal in principle.

Cf. Luke 2:1-5

Note: Joseph was not chosen because he was a

wimp.

Paying tax was honorable.

C. It is fashionable to avoid the method of Jesus

Jesus evaded answering the question.

We do NOT have to answer every stupid question.

Cf. Matthew 21:23-27

Why would Jesus avoid answering such a straight

forward question?

Answer: They would attack in any case.

Cf. Matthew 26:59-63

He answered the next question. Why not the

above?

Answer: It was a false accusation.

The best answer to false accusation is silence.

Silence leaves the burden of proof on the accuser.

Today, we are encouraged to answer every question.

It is assumed to be charitable.

Cf. Matthew 7:6- It is rebel saints who insist on

these pearls.

Can I prove that?

Cf. Revelation 17:1-4- The Whore wears the

pearls. Why give them to her?

6. Vs. 14-27- Legands of sex in heaven dispatched

Read text with little discussion.

Intro: Once again, the devils gang is trying to get Jesus

caught in a trap.

Once again, he prevailed with the Truth-- He is Truth in

Person!

a. Islam: Koran Sura 9:72; 47:15; 56:22 & 27-38; 44:51-54;

b. Mormonism: Doc's and Covenants- sec. 132:32-35; 37; 61;

52 and 54-55!

The Seer- p. 43 as marked

Compare with Book of Mormon- Jacob, Chapter 2:23-27.

Pure contradiction.

c. John MacArthur and Peter Ruckman: Sons of God.

Genesis 6:1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the

face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,

2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair;

and they took them wives of all which they chose.

3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that

he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when

the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare

children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old,

men of renown.

5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and

that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil

continually.

6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it

grieved him at his heart.

Jude vs. 6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their

own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness

unto the judgment of the great day.

The above verse is claimed to show that the sexual

angels had to be put in prison.

Some teach that they will be released again to make

monsters again.

1 Corinthians 14:33- This shows that God would NOT

confuse sexuality by adding it to angels who did not

in heaven have it.

d. The truth taught in this text:

Rev. 21:1-5; 22:1-5

Our text, Mark 12:14-27- discuss it now

Job 31:1- Why would Job want to look on a maiden in

heaven if he didn't here?

II Cor. 5:17- In heaven, the physical of this promise is

complete in Christ.

Is Christ married? NO! So, neither will we be

married.

Conclusion: Enjoy marriage here and now.

This is it.

Also, how did the Sadducees err?

Mark 12:24 And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore

err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the

power of God?

The hallmark of the end of the age is, they don't know

the Scriptures.

Also, the resurrection is to a spiritual existance, body,

soul, and spirit.

1 Corinthians 15:53 For this corruptible must put on

incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and

this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be

brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is

swallowed up in victory.

55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

Marriage here is a bond which results in physical

children by sexuality and ends in death.

Marriage of the Bride to Christ is a bond which results in

spiritual unity with God by the death and

resurrection of Christ and never ends. (Read

again)

Do you get it?

7. Vs. 28-34- The greatest commandment

A. Vs. 28-31 Why does Jesus have only two commandments?

Answer: Moses law has only two principle legal

requirements:

Exodus 20:1 And God spake all these words, saying,

2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of

Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

One- 3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Two- 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any

likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth

beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the

LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers

upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that

hate me;

6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep

my commandments.

Three- 7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain;

for the LORD will not holdhim guiltless that taketh his name in

vain.

Four- 8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou

shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy

manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger

that is within thy gates:

11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all

that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD

blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Five- 12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long

upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Six- 13 Thou shalt not kill.

Seven- 14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.

Eight- 15 Thou shalt not steal.

Nine- 16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

Ten- 17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not

covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his

maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy

neighbour's.

One through Four have to do with loving the Lord God.

Five through ten have to do with "thy neighbor as

theyself."

How is Jesus' teaching different?

Answer: Christ took it from "do not" to "love."

B. Vs. 32-34 A scholar gets it right-- Rare event-- Then and

now!

Look at the end of vs. 33.

Cf. I Samuel 15:1-23- Obeying God is the highest

spiritual act.

Cf. Romans 5:19; 2 Thessalonians; 1:8 Romans 6:16;

Romans 16:19; 2 Thessalonians 3:14; Hebrews

5:9

[ Assign out to be read. ]

C. Same text- Why did Jesus feel the liberty to encourage this

Scribe?

Answer: He was obeying in word. Only faith needed to

be added.

Cf. Romans 10:9-11-- What must we assume about the

silent type?

Cf. Mark 9:17-27-- Jesus asked for a verbal witness to

a little faith.

Conclusion: Psalms 107:2; 1 Timothy 6:13-14; Luke 4:22 with

Luke 22:71!!

Discuss: Do we need a plan? Do you have a plan

telling about a friend-- About a good bargain--

About other blessing?

"Confession" comes from a relationship-- Love of "the

Lord thy God."

Matthew 12:37-- Our words are very serious to God.

8. Vs. 35-37- Teaching for the common man

text: Mark 12:35-37

35 And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, How

say the scribes that Christ is the son of David?

36 For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The LORD said to my

Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool.

37 David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his

son? And the common people heard him gladly.

a. What is the reasoning here?

First, the Scribes claimed that Messiah was to be the

physical son of David. This would let them put Christ

in the ancient past.

Second, vs. 36,

"the LORD" is Jehovah- God the Father.

"my Lord" is Messiah- Lord of the Jew looking

for Messiah.

Cf. Heb 1:10-13- Not to the angels was it said--

To God the Son only ("which").

Third, vs. 37, David called him Lord. Which son of David

was the Lord of David?

What an absurd question. Only a PhD could miss

the answer.

b. Did Jesus claim to be God elsewhere?

John 14:1-9- Jesus showed the Father

Cf. Col:2:8-9; Heb. 1:1-3- "Express image"

John 17:10-21- Christ assumed His position as "one" in

godhead.

John 10:29-33- What does the stoning prove? The

Jewish scholars knew that Jesus claimed to be

God.

John 1:1- "was" is dated-- In the beginning. "The Word

Was God"

John 5:18- Jesus "made Himself" equal. He is a liar, or

He is God.

John 8:54-59- Jesus was in the present tense before

Abraham.

John 20:26-28- Thomas was a witness on the scene.

1 John 5:20- Jesus is "the True God"

1 John 5:7-8- "These three are One" If one is God, then

all are God.

c. Common man only can receive this.

New versions examples: Here is what the UNcommon

man does with the deity of Christ:

Luke 2:33; vs. 43. Watch when Mary says it

wrong in vs. 48

Vs 49- Mary got rebuked and reminded who

Jesus' Father was. Check NIV, NASV,

and LB.

See Bible Babel

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is

the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in

the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels,

preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the

world, received up into glory.

Check, NIV, NASV, and LB.

d. Conclusion: Teach the common folks that Jesus is God.

Don't worry about the scholars. Cf. 2 Peter 2:18; Jude

1:16

9. Vs. 38-44- Scribes and widows

Mark 12:38 And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes,

which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces,

39 And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts:

40 Which devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these

shall receive greater damnation.

41 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast

money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.

42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which

make a farthing.

43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto

you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into

the treasury:

44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all

that she had, even all her living.

THE TEACHING-- DOCTRINE

a. Vs. 38- Describe how the Scribes copied the Word of God.

Did Jesus ever fault them for their fanatical care in

keeping the Word? NEVER! Read from

"Five Star Book" p. 189.

What was their problem? Answer: They got a big head.

Why do preachers wear funny clothes? Pope?

They claim recognition they do not have coming.

Prophetically, their zeal for clothing is understandable.

Cf. Rev. 3:15-17. They sense their nakedness.

The deader the church, the more funny

clothes.

The worst is the Roman Whore Church.

Cf. Hosea 2:1-4 God has made the Whore church

quite naked before us. Are we admiring

their clothes? Are we fawning over their

degrees and acholarship?

b. Vs. 39- How do we see this today?

Democracy! Churches have elections and raise men

and women to authority over the Lord's people.

They then put their photographs in the foyer so they get the

proper recognition. A system is also put in place which

requires every church member to report or consult with

these exalted ones. They don't exist anywhere in the New

Testament, so this is wicked.

c. Vs. 40- They devour widows houses.

Here is Paul Crouch and his begging. I have known

saints who were underfed while they sent money to

these fakes.

But there is a worse one-- How about the preacher who

visits people to make them feel beholding to him. He

usually picks the old folks. Why? He hopes they will

die soon and leave him their Cadillac.

Then there is the preacher who makes long prayers. He

doesn't talk to God like he would talk to friends or his

earthly father. He makes a prayer into a short

course in systematic theology. Why? To impress the

saints. Result? Saints get the feeling they will never be able to

pray right. What does Christ conclude? Damnation!

THE TEACHING ILLUSTRATED

a. Vs. 41-44 The event (not a parable) Read again.

(1) What is the obvious lesson?

Giving all is the highest giving to God.

The amount was not important.

Here is another way to say it: "It is not how much

you give to God that matters. It is how much you

have left."

(2) What is the not so obvious lesson?

The leaders in any given age are more often a

bother and intimidation to the godly saint.

I'm sorry, but that is how it is.

-- Constantine

-- Popes

-- Reformers

-- Liberal theologians

-- Seminary scholars

-- Fundamental preachers who push the saints,

especially with the offering plate.

-- ________________________

Do you wonder if the woman was a bit intimidated as

she approached the giving box?

Cf. Luke 18:10-14-- Here, rather than damn the

Pharisee, Christ justified the repentant one.

Thus, the widow was justified, and the Scribes

damned.

(3) The tough lesson:

Jesus divides people into only two groups:

Group One: The justified

Group Two: The damned

Lesson: The clothes, scholarship, and good

works mean nothing.

The attitude of the heart and repentance are

everything.

CONCLUSION: We better start thinking this way or we could

be deceived.