Jesus, in beginning to answer the disciples’ question (Mark 13:4Mark 13:4English: World English Bible – WEB4 “Tell us, when will these things be? What is the sign that these things are all about to be fulfilled?”WP-Bible plugin), first warns them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he’, and […]
After the stunning revelation Jesus spoke – that the magnificent temple they were leaving was going to be destroyed (Mark 13:2Mark 13:2English: World English Bible – WEB2 Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone on another, which will not be thrown down.”WP-Bible plugin) – some of the […]
“Do you see all these great buildings? Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.” (Mark. 13:2Mark. 13:2English: World English Bible – WEB2 Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone on another, which will not be thrown down.”WP-Bible plugin) I […]
Last week, Jesus warned us about the celebrities and politicians of our day. We learned how, in contrast, we should lead quiet lives and work with our hands so that we will be dependent on no one (1 Thes. 4:111 Thes. 4:11English: World English Bible – WEB11 and that you make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, and […]
As Jesus was warning His listeners about the self-righteous and proud teachers of the law – the “elite” of His day – He was also warning us, and every generation to follow, about them (Mark 12:38-40Mark 12:38-40English: World English Bible – WEB38 In his teaching he said to them, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk in […]
As Jesus continued to teach in the temple courts, He presented to the teachers a paradox: “How is it that the teachers of the law say that the Christ is the Son of David?” Jesus cites David speaking by the Holy Spirit in Ps. 110:1Ps. 110:1English: World English Bible – WEB110 A Psalm by David. 1 Yahweh says […]
We’ve seen, as we’ve studied Mark’s Gospel, how the Pharisees, Saduccees, and Teachers of the Law mostly hated Jesus and sought to trap Him in His words so they could arrest Him. But this particular teacher, overhearing the conversation, seemed to honestly wish to settle the debate by asking one honest and sincere question.
Imagine the billions of people in world history who based their entire lives – and went to the grave – following a false philosophy of life. They went on, not to what their beliefs taught them, but on to an entirely unexpected surprise. Whether Humanists or Polytheists, Deists or Theists, we’re all potentially in for […]
The Chief Priests, Teachers of the Law and Elders have thus far lost every challenge they made to Jesus’ legitimate authority (Mark 11:27-33Mark 11:27-33English: World English Bible – WEB27 They came again to Jerusalem, and as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders came to him, 28 and they began saying […]
We live in great abundance. We stand on the shoulders of those who came before us – those generations who labored to create and nurture the liberty and opportunity which we enjoy today. Yet there are those who reject these gifts.