QT – Mark 12

Vs. 28, “One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”  The teachers of the law are on the hunt as they are finding ways to indict Jesus.  But Jesus takes the time to answer their questions and even reveal their own sinful hearts.  In the Parable of the tenants, the vineyard is the nation Israel and the tenants are leaders (vs. 1-12)…Jesus was not pulling any punches.  Jesus masterfully puts the teachers in their place when he addresses paying taxes to Cesar (vs. 13-17).  Their ignorance is also on display when trying to catch Jesus with a hypothetical scenario involving marriage (Vs. 18-27) and the afterlife. 

Regarding application…Greatest Commandment.  Vs. 30-31, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. ‘There is no commandment greater than these.”  There were 613 commandments found in the law…they were certain Jesus would be stumped on this topic.  There are many things we must do right and things we must avoid doing.  But if we remember the greatest commandment and live it out in our lives, all the other do’s and don’ts will naturally work themselves out as we turn the Lord each day.