Mark 13:3-13 The End Is Coming

Holy Spirit take over now please

Holy Spirit take over now please

Jesus and His disciples have left the city and arrived on Mt. Olive. Jesus decides to take a break there and He spends some time talking with His disciples about what to expect from the future.

Jesus is sitting down looking out toward the temple when Peter, James, John, and Andrew approach Him privately. Had the group stopped by the wayside to eat? Anyway, they have a question for Jesus. They had heard His answer about the temple being destroyed, now is their chance to get more information on that subject. I’m wondering if Jesus shared this information with the rest of the group or if He kept His comments private, as this was the only group who voiced interest in knowing more. Read more »

Mark 13:1-2 And The Walls Come Tumbling Down

And the walls came tumbling down

And the walls came tumbling down

Jesus and His disciples are finally on their way out of the temple. A lot has happened in this day in Jesus’ life, but it is not over yet. He still has lessons to teach on the way back to Bethany.

The story we are looking at today was also told in Matthew. We got to walk in Andrew’s shoes as Jesus told of the Temple’s fate. Today we are going to see what more God has to share with us in this story.

“Jesus has been in the temple all day. The religious leaders hate Him, but the crowds love Him. Surely He sees this and is getting us closer to Him making His move for power. If only He would give us some kind of sigh so we could be ready.” These might be the musings of some of Jesus’ disciples. Jesus disciples are still waiting for Him to seize power here on earth. They still haven’t accepted what He has said concerning His death. Read more »

Mark 12:41-44 A Penny From The Heart

Temple Trumpets of the Treasury

Temple Trumpets of the Treasury

Again, we join Jesus in the temple. He has moved locations and is now sitting down watching the people as they give their offerings. Jesus is observing the people and what they are bringing. He has an advantage here to other would be observers in that He knows the hearts of each of the people in this procession.

I did a little digging into what the scene looked like that day. I discovered that the temple treasury was housed in the Court of the Women. There were actually 13 different receptacles for giving housed on one wall of the Women’s court. I don’t know exactly where Jesus was sitting while He made His observations, unless He was sitting on the steps. We are not told which of the receptacles she dropped her life savings into. I also learned that there were nine boxes that held offerings that were required, two for the temple tax and four for voluntary offerings in excess of the requirements. I invite you to check out Bible-History.com for much more information on this subject.  Read more »

Mark 12:38-40 The Scam of the Scribes

The place of honor

The place of honor

We are still continuing on with Jesus in the temple. He has gone back to teaching after dispatching all the religious leaders who had tried to trap Him. Jesus now warns His disciples and those listening against acting as the scribes do.

The scribes were often mentioned right along with the Pharisees. The scribes were the ones tasked with reading, copying, and interpreting the law. They were responsible for maintaining the Old Testament in complete and accurate order. They had a few issues though that Jesus addressed throughout His ministry. The issue Jesus focuses on today is their outward show of being religious in order to garner earthly rewards. Read more »

Mark 12:35-37 David Called Him His Lord

God the Father, God the Son, and the Spirit of God

God the Father, God the Son, and the Spirit of God

Jesus is continuing to teach in the temple. He has dealt with the religious leaders to the point that they are not going to question Him any longer. Now He moves onto a subject He wants the people to ponder. He is not expecting an answer but for them to think about what He is saying instead.

Jesus brings up the question of how can David call the Christ his Lord if the Christ is supposed to be David’s son. The crowd listening to Him was very impressed by His insight. Jesus always taught with firsthand authority and knowledge. We know the origin of that knowledge.

When I was reading Jesus’ question, I was curious about how the Jewish religion would view the passage Jesus was quoting. Essentially, did they believe in the trinity? I touched on this a little bit when we discussed this story in Matthew’s gospel, but I never researched it to find out the truth. I am very sad about what I learned. Read more »