Mark 12

Vs. 12, “Then they looked for a way to arrest him because they knew he had spoken the parable against them. But they were afraid of the crowd; so they left him and went away.”  Sinners and murderers, yet….cowards!  Jesus called them out in the parable of the tenants (vs. 1-12).  But they were persistent and continued to try to trap Jesus to get the momentum on their side.  They would go on to challenge Jesus on paying taxes (vs. 13-17), the Sadducees would give a hypothetical scenario based on the Old Testament law of marriage…with a twist of afterlife.  Yet, they didn’t believe in the resurrection, so they used this story in a way to mock Jesus.  But Jesus would reveal their ignorance of Scripture.  We are reminded of the greatest commandment question (vs. 28-34), Jesus being the son and a Lord (vs. 35-40) and lastly, we are reminded of what is honoring to the Lord in what we give (vs. 41-44).

 

Regarding application…Giving Rightfully.  Vs. 44, “They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”  Question: How much are we to give to Jesus?  Whether we give 10%, 20% or give our time and devote to church…in the end it is inconsequential.  Believe me…God doesn’t need our money or our time to further His church.  God is honored when we give with the right heart!  Question: What kind of heart are you giving God?  A child that spent a whole hour coloring a page on a book to give to their daddy can be far more touching to him than somoene who gives him a $100 gift card for his birthday from his corporate job.  As we grow in the Lord, don’t let the enemy fool you into a wordly view of giving.  When you come to church this weekend, check your heart and give your spiritual offering and you’re physical offering with a right heart!