Mark Chapter 12
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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.
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?
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.
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Matthew Henry's Mark Chapter 12 Bible commentary...
The parable of the vineyard and husbandmen. (1-12) Question about tribute. (13-17) Concerning the resurrection. (18-27) The great command of the law. (28-34) Christ the Son and yet the Lord of David. (35-40) The poor widow commended. (41-44)1-12 Christ showed in parables, that he would lay aside the Jewish church. It is sad to think what base usage God's faithful ministers have met with in all ages, from those who have enjoyed the privileges of the church, but have not brought forth fruit answerable. God at length sent his Son, his Well-beloved; and it might be expected that he whom their Master loved, they also should respect and love; but instead of honouring him because he was the Son and Heir, they therefore hated him. But the exaltation of Christ was the Lord's doing; and it is his doing to exalt him in our hearts, and to set up his throne there; and if this be done, it cannot but be marvellous in our eyes. The Scriptures, and faithful preachers, and the coming of Christ in the flesh, call on us to render due praise to God in our lives. Let sinners beware of a proud, carnal spirit; if they revile or despise the preachers of Christ, they would have done so their Master, had they lived when he was upon earth.
13-17 The enemies of Christ would be thought desirous to know their duty, when really they hoped that which soever side he took of the question, they might find occasion to accuse him. Nothing is more likely to insnare the followers of Christ, than bringing them to meddle with disputes about worldly politics. Jesus avoided the snare, by referring to the submission they had already made as a nation; and all that heard him, marvelled at the great wisdom of his answer. Many will praise the words of a sermon, who will not be commanded by the doctrines of it.
18-27 A right knowledge of the Scripture, as the fountain whence all revealed religion now flows, and the foundation on which it is built, is the best preservative against error. Christ put aside the objection of the Sadducees, who were the scoffing infidels of that day, by setting the doctrine of the future state in a true light. The relation between husband and wife, though appointed in the earthly paradise, will not be known in the heavenly one. It is no wonder if we confuse ourselves with foolish errors, when we form our ideas of the world of spirits by the affairs of this world of sense. It is absurd to think that the living God should be the portion and happiness of a man if he is for ever dead; and therefore it is certain that Abraham's soul exists and acts, though now for a time separate from the body. Those that deny the resurrection greatly err, and ought to be told so. Let us seek to pass through this dying world, with a joyful hope of eternal happiness, and of a glorious resurrection.
28-34 Those who sincerely desire to be taught their duty, Christ will guide in judgment, and teach his way. He tells the scribe that the great commandment, which indeed includes all, is, that of loving God with all our hearts. Wherever this is the ruling principle in the soul, there is a disposition to every other duty. Loving God with all our heart, will engage us to every thing by which he will be pleased. The sacrifices only represented the atonements for men's transgressions of the moral law; they were of no power except as they expressed repentance and faith in the promised Saviour, and as they led to moral obedience. And because we have not thus loved God and man, but the very reverse, therefore we are condemned sinners; we need repentance, and we need mercy. Christ approved what the scribe said, and encouraged him. He stood fair for further advance; for this knowledge of the law leads to conviction of sin, to repentance, to discovery of our need of mercy, and understanding the way of justification by Christ.
35-40 When we attend to what the Scriptures declare, as to the person and offices of Christ, we shall be led to confess him as our Lord and God; to obey him as our exalted Redeemer. If the common people hear these things gladly, while the learned and distinguished oppose, the former are happy, and the latter to be pitied. And as sin, disguised with a show of piety, is double iniquity, so its doom will be doubly heavy.
41-44 Let us not forget that Jesus still sees the treasury. He knows how much, and from what motives, men give to his cause. He looks at the heart, and what our views are, in giving alms; and whether we do it as unto the Lord, or only to be seen of men. It is so rare to find any who would not blame this widow, that we cannot expect to find many who will do like to her; and yet our Saviour commends her, therefore we are sure that she did well and wisely. The feeble efforts of the poor to honour their Saviour, will be commended in that day, when the splendid actions of unbelievers will be exposed to contempt.
Lorenzo agadan's Mark Chapter 12 comment about verse 41 on 5/25/2013, 1:28pm...
giving by whole hearth not half or any percent.
Jay's Mark Chapter 12 comment on 12/19/2012, 3:59pm...
@Bethany and Bill,
On verse 29, the 3 distinct persons of the godhead (Acts 17:29, Romans 1:20, Colossians 2:9) do always act as one in unison, they never act separate from the other persons in the godhead. 3 in 1 person (I John 5:7-8).
Elias's Mark Chapter 12 comment on 12/11/2012, 7:20pm...
The LORD just wants us to be pure from heart to Him i.e. Love Him with all our being even though in front of other we may be of no importance but as LORD saw the heart of widow and gave us parable through her. So, He will see our heart for Him and will give us importance. So do we children of Most High need favor from human....? If LORD is with us what else do we need? Praise The LORD.
Debra Hubbard's Mark Chapter 12 comment about verse 38 on 11/23/2012, 9:36am...
Sadly, believe it or not, this is happening in our churches today. And one of the problems, is that some of them in authority, can be just as wicked and deceitful as anyone else, but their sins are not uncovered like others. I am a Christian, and I cannot go into much detail, (for the sake of God and others), but I sinned against God and the authority, (leaders are very proud, and if you cross them in any way, they'll retaliate. I am not trying to speak evil against them, but what can I do in a situation , when my voice is not heard). I was publicly disciplined (verbal), in front of the whole congregation in 2008, and I am still trying to heal from it! I've repented to the Lord, and to them, but that doesn't seem good enough to them.
Shirley B Dean's Mark Chapter 12 comment about verse 42 on 11/07/2012, 11:13am...
The detailed commentary is both informative and encouraging. It has changed my attitude about giving what in earthly terms amounts to a very small amount - comparable to the widow's small gift. It is also a reminder that as far as God is concerned, "it's a heart thing!" Thank you.
Timothy Wayne George's Mark Chapter 12 comment on 7/19/2012, 8:41am...
Hear O Israel the Lord our God is one Lord. Thou shalt love the Lord with all thy heart, soul, mind, and strength. This is the first commandment, and the second is like unto it. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. The whole law of God rest on these two commandments. Do not argue about the trinity. Just as water(h2O) has three states: Liquid, solid, and vapor. God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit are one Lord. Pay your taxes to the government, and give to the work of the Lord. Jesus said a new commandment I give unto you is to love one another as I have loved you. Jesus loved us enough to die on the Cross for our sins, and rose the third day for our justification. Jesus taught us how to love, and demonstrated at the same time. We know in part now, but when he that is perfect shall come, we will know as we are known.
Remember our religion must exceed that of the scribes for us to get to heaven. True religion is to visit the fatherless, and the widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself from being apart of this worldly system. As Jesus said the widow gave all her living to the Lord. We must do the same to be accepted by him.
Bethany's Mark Chapter 12 comment about verse 29 on 4/13/2011, 11:33am...
How can God be a Trinity then?
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